Thank you for your answers. I hope that these questions have caused you to think about how you would respond. I pray that you will have many opportunities to share your faith with others as a result of this training.
The following are sample answers. In many cases there are numerous “right” responses to the questions.
Question 1) How can you say that your religion is the only way to heaven? Isn’t that a little arrogant?
I believe in the Bible and the Bible says there is only one way to heaven. John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
In comparison to other religions, Christianity is the only one that offers a solution for sin. Other religions have a lot of rules that no one can follow perfectly. Then they offer some sort of penance that may or may not be enough to make their god happy. Christianity is the only religion that offers a definitive answer for sin – Jesus dying on the cross to take care of our sins once and for all.
Question 2) Well, the Bible may say that, but it’s just a book written by man. How is it any different from the Koran, the teachings of Confucius or the Code of Hammurabi?
The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years. Parts were written from prison while other parts were written from palaces. It was written by farmers, fishermen, and scholars. It was written in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek). It claims to be divinely inspired. Despite its age, it is still the best selling book in the world. What other book can make any of those claims?
(Note we may not always know what other people are referencing but we should still know about the Bible. For reference sake, the Code Hammurabi is possibly the oldest existing written moral code, dating before the Ten Commandments, nearly back to the lifetime of Abraham. Because of similarities some claim that Moses simply borrowed from Hammurabi just as others claim that Christ just copied eastern teachings.)
Question 3) Of course I believe in Jesus, he was a good man. That other stuff about miracles and rising from the dead is a bit preposterous though. You don’t believe any of that nonsense do you?
Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord as he claimed to be. Jesus made some very bold statements- claiming that he would rise from the dead and implying that he was God. (It was for these very statements that the teachers of the law had him crucified.) If these statements were false and he knew so, then he was a liar. If he had no idea what he was talking about, he was a lunatic. Neither of these are what one would normally consider a good man.
As far as miracles are concerned, the gospels are written by witnesses of Jesus miracles. These were either foolish and deceived people or people who actually witnessed miracles and felt that they should tell others.
If Jesus did not rise from the dead, he was a great actor. He had people so convinced that he rose from the dead that his disciples sacrificed their lives and died in brutal ways proclaiming that Jesus did in fact rise from the dead.
Question 4) How can you believe the Bible when there are so many things that can’t be proven. Where is the archaeological evidence of all those kingdoms the Bible talks about?
There is actually a lot of scientific evidence concerning Biblical kingdoms. There have been numerous cities discovered to have been destroyed at just the same time Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land. Inscriptions have been found with King David’s name. A cylinder has been discovered listing the tribute Hezekiah gave to the Assyrians.
In the New Testament discoveries have been found to back up Paul’s shipwreck on the island of Malta. Paul speaks of “the first man of the island.” After much scoffing, an inscription was discovered with the name. Not only this, but the name was only used during the first century proving that the book had to have been written during that time and providing authenticity to the story.
Question 5) The Bible may have some good principles to live by, but it can’t be all true. It isn’t scientifically possible for the the sun to stand still, donkeys to talk, people to live 900 years. Those are just children’s stories and prove that the Bible isn’t accurate.
Of course we can’t prove any of these things to be true and they need to be taken on faith. However, anyone who believes in God should believe that God has the power to do all of these things. If God is the creator of the universe as the Bible says he is, he would have power to do whatever he wants with it, even if it means something absurd like the sun standing still or causing a donkey to talk.
Question 6) I go to church every Sunday! What do you mean I’m not a Christian?
The Bible says nothing about church attendance being a requirement for salvation. Just because you go to church every Sunday doesn’t mean that you have trusted Jesus as your savior and have asked him to forgive you of your sins.