Common Objections

What are people objecting to these days? What’s their issue with Christianity? What do they find so objectionable that until we’ve heard it and dealt with it we’re not going to make any progress?

In preparation for a Passion for Life we’ve decided to have a 4 or 5 minute slot in each evening church meeting to tackle a common objection. We won’t be able to do very much in that time. But we could come up with a few helpful comments to difuse the unreasonable opposition to the gospel. Obviously we’d like to be scratching where people are itching. Our context is urban south London and so I’m aware that not everyone’s issues are our issues. And we may have our own issues! We might just have a niche market segment down in this stretch of the Northern Line.

But what sare teh common objections to considering the claims of Christianity?

This is the list I came up with.

  1. How do we know God exists?
  2. Why is Jesus different to other gods?
  3. Can’t you make the Bible say what you like?
  4. Don’t all religions lead to God?
  5. How can a God of love allow so much sufferings
  6. Why aren’t we acceptable to God as we are?
  7. Why is Christianity so hung up about sex?
  8. Hasn’t science disproved Christianity?
  9. Why don’t Christians practice what they preach?

What am I missing? What’s unnecessary? What are people objecting to these days?

5 thoughts on “Common Objections

  1. Andrew October 3, 2009 / 6:01 am

    With the guys at my work, few have any objections they can articulate but the pain for me is their indifference towards the topic, their indifference towards the big questions. How to make their lives more fun is all they seem to care about. So perhaps the objection, even if they don’t say it like this, is ‘Christianity is irrelevant’, or perhaps ‘Christianity is fine for you but not for me’, or even just ‘Christianity is boring, and makes you dull’.
    On the other hand, topics pertinent to some of my workmates, as you’ve already highlighted, would be the moral failure of the church and christians, and why God doesn’t intervene with the suffering around us (if He could do miracles).

  2. George October 4, 2009 / 8:41 am

    I agree with Andrew – the hardest part is the indifference and the constant avoidance of the issue, most prevalent is the Fine For You, Not For Me…

    There’s a lot of self-justification off the back of that in the face of a Christian co-worker, which belies Lewis’ assertion that humans have an inbuilt moral barometer. The challenge is to begin to have that conversation where you encounter questions about how we get our morals.

    There seems to be a wealth of issues still surrounding things remaining from popular literature, i.e. Da Vinci Code and God Delusion.

    So the questions go something like – Isn’t it just a man made religion?

    How did the Bible get to us?

    Hasn’t it been translated hundreds of times?

    The universe is being shown to be so huge, how could a God of an entire universe locate action upon such a small scale? i.e. the size of the universe dwarfs an earth-centric religion.

    I think the questions you’ve posited are spot on, Richard, especially ones about other Gods and what makes Jesus different. Questions surrounding the growth of Islam in the national conscience usually boil down to those.

    Nice work. 🙂

  3. Phil C October 9, 2009 / 1:00 pm

    The one I see most often right now is that quote from the God Delusion where Dawkins writes about God being infanticidal, homophobic, pestilential and so on: a friend put it up as his Facebook status a few days ago!

    Having some thoughts on what to say to that would be helpful. I haven’t got much further than something like “If that’s so obvious, why do you think I am willing to worship him, then?”, which hopefully leads on to other questions – but I feel like that’s avoiding their basic question.

  4. Pete Matthew October 9, 2009 / 2:00 pm

    Phil, couldn’t you also ask them to describe the God they don’t believe in (further to what they say on their facebook status) and the chances are that you won’t believe in that God either. So tell them that and then describe the God you do believe in.

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