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How to Handle Objections (Part 2)

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So, you are on your campus, doing your campus missionary thing, and someone objects to what you are saying about God.

What do you do?

Let’s talk about handling objections to Jesus. It’s important to think through how to respond ahead of time.

Your responses should be gentle and full of love. Responding to someone’s objections is not the time to start an argument, but an opportunity to share love.

  1. Some people will say, “How can I believe in a God who allows evil and suffering in the world?”

    If you formed your opinion of Beethoven’s composing skills based on how a deaf and blind orchestra played one of his symphonies, you would seriously his ability as a composer.

    When God created the world, it was beautiful and good. Everything was in perfect harmony. Sickness, death, and evil were not part of God’s original composition.

    But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their sin opened the door to all that and more. No longer perfect and forfeiting a right relationship with God, humanity, and all the earth became subject to death.

    Although society plays on, blind and deaf to the beauty of God’s original creation, this is not how the symphony will end. God’s new world will be reborn beauty and perfection.

    Suffering, sickness, and death will disappear forever. Romans 8:21 says, “Creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious from death and decay.”
  2. Many people say, “All religions have truth in them and lead to heaven.”

    Many people sincerely believe things that are simply not true and even fatal. Many world religions share some common moral principles, but that does make them Truth.

    Too many of their core teachings are incompatible with or opposite of the Truth.

    If it were simply a matter of picking what we want to believe or think is best, then our faith would have no real foundation, security, or value outside ourselves.

    Only true Christianity acknowledges that God, the Creator, laid out the way to true life and spiritual salvation, which he provided through the life, death, resurrection of his Son, Jesus.

    And it is Jesus himself who said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”. If that is true, then can trust everything He said.
  3. If someone says to you, “I’m as good as anyone.”

    You may be. But the catch is that no one is good enough. Psalm 53:3 says, “No one does good, not a single one!” Even our best human efforts are not good enough.

    “When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags” (Isa 64:6). That is because sin is not like ordinary dirt; it is more like nuclear or radioactive contamination.

    You may look clean. You may shower and scrub your skin and clothes, but it will still kill you if you are contaminated.

    Workers in contaminated areas wear protective garments, but they still go through decontamination.

    Why? Because it is the only way to be safe. Every human is born into a sin-contaminated zone. And we are all infected—infected with inevitable death.
    Approaching God through faith in Jesus is the only effective way to be decontaminated from sin.

    You may be as good or better than everyone else, but you are not good enough. You need God.


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