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10 reasons for not being a Christian
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is believing. I've never seen God, so how do I know He exists?"
has ever seen the wind, but there is no doubt of its power.
Nobody has seen history, but there is no doubt of its legacy.
Nobody has seen a person's mind, but that doesn't make us mindless.
TV and radio waves are invisible, but with the proper receiver,
we can see their results.
never seen God is not much of a reason for rejecting Him, if
you get right down to it. Let's see if we can do better.
may have broken the Ten Commandments, but I do good things
for people. If God is fair, the scales will balance, right?"
look at "Hollywood morality" should dispel this one.
They commit adultery in their youth, and then become involved
in giving to AIDS research, etc., as they grow older. In their
minds, they think that they are balancing the scales. They
have done bad, and now they are doing good.
doesn't work that way, even before an imperfect judge in a
secular courtroom – if the judge is honest. An effort
to bribe the judge with good works is still a bribe.
you compare yourself with other human beings, you might be
better than some, but worse than others.
God has to judge us on the basis of His righteous character,
which we have violated. This is why He gave us the "Big
Ten." They show us how good we would have to be to earn
God's acceptance by our own good deeds. This is why God cannot
judge on the "curve." God says, "Whoever keeps
the whole law, yet offends in one point is guilty of all of
it." (James 2:10)
none of us could ever be good enough to measure up to His perfect
character, God elected to come to Earth in the person of Jesus
Christ and die in our place under His offended righteous character.
In so doing, God purchased a pardon for every person. We only
have to admit we have broken His laws, turn to God and accept
His free pardon.
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is oppressive to women."
objection comes up in confusing the context of the Christian
model for marriage. Ephesians 5:22 says, "Wives, submit
yourselves to your own husbands, as unto the Lord." But
the skeptic's objection collapses when the passage is taken
in its full context.
5:25 commands husbands, "Husbands, love your wives, even
as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it."
is hardly "oppression" to submit to someone who loves
you with a sacrificial love. Instead, it is a textbook definition
of love – a key ingredient to a successful marriage.
Bible was written by men, so it's tainted right?"
an objection, this is by far the silliest. When you write a
letter, are you writing it, or is the pen? As I type this column,
am I writing it, or is my computer? Clearly, the pen, or the
computer, is the instrument, not the writer. The same principle
applies to the writers of Scripture. They were instruments,
but God's Spirit is the author.
Bible declares of itself that "all Scripture is given
by inspiration of God." (2 Timothy 3:16) and the proof
is in the pudding. The writers of Scripture ranged from shepherds
to kings to fishermen, but the 66 books that make up the Bible
read as a single, harmonious narrative emanating from a Single
threw down the gauntlet concerning how to know whether His
Word is true or not. God said to Moses, "You may say to
yourselves, 'How can we know when a message has not been spoken
by the LORD?' If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the
LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the
LORD has not spoken." (Deut. 18:21-22 NIV)
prophecy made in the Bible about specific events, places and
times have come true to the letter. Some are not yet fulfilled
because it is not yet the time. But the record in history is
100 percent accuracy. This is why we have only the books in
the Bible that have been authenticated by fulfilled prophecy.
More than 300 prophecies were fulfilled in the birth, life,
death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.
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5. "Churches are full of hypocrites, right?"
word "hypocrite" comes from the Greek word for "actor" or "pretender." Hypocrisy
is "the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues
that one does not hold."
Body of Christ consists of true believers – "churches" are
buildings where people congregate. Sitting in a church no more
makes one a Christian than sitting in a garage makes one a
will sort out the true believers from the pretenders in His
time. The question is not what church you go to, but rather,
whom do you trust for your salvation? A church? Or Jesus Christ?
do Christians think they are better than non-Christians?"
is another objection borne out of ignorance of both the teaching
of Scripture and the nature of salvation. Nowhere do the Scriptures
say that a Christian is a better person than a non-Christian.
A believer in Jesus is a forgiven sinner. The unbeliever is
not forgiven. But a true Christian knows that he is forgiven
by the unmerited grace of God.
betrayed Jesus by denying Him three times. Judas betrayed Him
only once. But Peter is infinitely better off. Peter believed
and was forgiven. Judas did not.
murderers were crucified alongside Jesus. One repented and
expressed his faith by saying, "Lord, remember me when
you come into your kingdom." Jesus immediately replied, "Truly
I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise."
way of analogy, consider two skydivers. One has a working parachute;
the other does not. That doesn't make the skydiver with a working
parachute a better skydiver. But he is certainly wiser than
the other guy.
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7. "With all the suffering in the world how
can there to be a loving God?"
Bible tells us that God cursed the Earth because of Adam's
transgression. Weeds are a curse. So is disease. Sin and suffering
cannot be separated. The Scriptures inform us that we live
in a fallen creation. Those who understand the message of Holy
Scripture eagerly await a new Heaven and a new Earth "wherein
that coming Kingdom there will be no more pain, suffering,
disease or death. If it didn't exist here, then its abolition
then would be meaningless. The sacrifice of Christ would be
loving God? John 15:13 says, "Greater love hath no man
than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
8. "Christianity isn't fair. What about all
those people who have never heard the Gospel? Will they all
go to Hell because they haven't heard about Jesus Christ?"
one will be lost because he hasn't heard of Jesus. God says, "The
wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the
godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by
their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain
to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the
creation of the world God's invisible qualities – his
eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made, so that men are without
excuse." (Romans 1:18-20) He also promises, "You
will seek Me and find me when you search for Me with all your
heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)
see, God brings everyone to "God-consciousness" through
the witness of creation. When a person anywhere, in any culture
comes to God-consciousness – and then desires to know
this God, He will move Heaven and Earth to get the true message
to him. If he dies without hearing about Jesus Christ, it's
because he did not want to know the true God.
9. I've tried to read the Bible. I can't understand
Scriptures tells us that the "natural man" cannot
understand the things of the Spirit of God. Most Americans
would find it difficult to understand the Chinese language.
However, a child who is born into a Chinese family can understand
person is born physically alive, but spiritually dead. God
is a "Spirit" and we must have the same kind of life
to perceive Him. This is why Jesus said to a very religious
man, "Unless a man is born from above, he cannot perceive
the things of God."
even an uneducated person believes in Jesus and is born spiritually,
he can immediately begin to understand the Bible.
Christians are sinners, according to their own teaching.
So what is the difference between a Christian who sins and
objection misses the point. A Christian receives a new nature
and the Spirit of God comes to dwell in him at the point of
the "new spiritual birth." He still has an old nature
that wants to sin. When the Christian fails to say no to temptation
and depend upon God's Spirit, he sins.
difference, however, is that a Christian cannot be happy anymore
living in sin. He becomes miserable and wants to return to
fellowship with God. As soon as he confesses his sin to God,
he is forgiven and brought back into fellowship. But though
the Christian can get out of fellowship, he cannot lose his
relationship with God. That has been secured forever by the
death of Jesus Christ in his place. God will not disown a child
that He purchased with His own blood.
10 reasons for not being a Christian, therefore, are really
10 reasons why, if you haven't already, you should be on your
knees – right now – receiving the gift of pardon
that Jesus purchased by dying in your place.
won't become perfect in this life, but you will have new desires
and power that will make you progressively better. And at the
end, you will go to be with God forever.