Thank you for submitting your answers for Evangelism 201. I hope that you have found the course to be of value to you and that you feel better prepared to answer these type of questions the next time you are faced with them.
These are only some suggested answers to the questions. There are many other things that could be said in response.
Question 1) I plan on waiting until I’m older to become a Christian. I don’t want God to get in the way right now. Why should I waste my time in church now when I can make a decision on my deathbed?
You don’t know when you could die. I car crash could kill you instantly and you’d never have a chance to make a decision.
Christianity isn’t a waste of time nor is church. Christians have fun as much as anyone else. What most people call fun is harmful to ourselves and God wants only the best for us.
Question 2) I’m a good person. How can a loving God send a good person to hell?
It isn’t a matter of being good or bad, we’re all sinful and in need of a savior. Because God loved us so much, he gave us the ability to escape hell through Jesus’ death. I have a lot more written on hell and the fate of the unbeliever on my ministry website. Read it here. (This will open a new window.)
Question 3) Why should I believe in God? Every good scientist says that we evolved anyway.
There are many good scientists that believe in creation. Although evolution is taught as a fact in many places, it can never be proven as a fact. While Darwin believed we evolved from a simple, single celled organism he had no idea how complex a single cell really is. With the discovery of DNA and the incredible structure in such a “simple” creature, evidence in fact points to a creator. The single cell is far too complex to have happened by chance.
All of creation points to God as according to Romans 1:20. “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.”
Question 4) Every Christian I know is a hypocrite. Why would I want to be a Christian?
Certainly there are Christians who are hypocrites. However, there are sincere and loving Christians in the world. (This is a case where your actions speak louder than your words. If the person has known you a while, hopefully you can show them that you are not a hypocrite and that their statement is false.)
Question 5) Don’t I have to be perfect before I can become a Christian?
This is the very reason that Jesus had to die for our sins. No one is perfect. If we were perfect or could become perfect, we wouldn’t need Jesus. We could get into heaven on our own. But because we are sinful, God cannot allow us into heaven.
Question 6) I’d like to become a Christian, but I don’t understand what all those preachers are talking about. Being born again, sanctification, justification… Can you explain to me how to become a Christian in terms I can understand?
The two most common (easy to remember) methods I’m aware of are the Romans Road and The Gospel ABC’s.
The Romans Road
Who is good?
As it is written, There is no one righteous, not even one.
Who has sinned?
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
God’s Price On Sin
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Who Paid The Price?
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The Only Way Out
That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The Gospel ABC’s (my favorite because it’s easier to remember)
Accept that you are a sinner.
Believe that your sin separates you from God. Believe that Jesus died for your sins.
Call upon Jesus to take away your sins.