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Chapter 9

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I don’t believe in the Bible
Where does it say that in the Bible?
I don’t believe in God
Aren’t there contradictions in the Bible?
If God is good, why does He allow evil in the world?<
How can a God of love send people to hell?
I think people are basically good
There are too many hypocrites in the church.
I don’t believe in the organized church
This is not what I’ve been taught
What about people who’ve never heard about Jesus?
Christianity is too narrow
How can murderers go to heaven?
All roads lead to God
Christianity is a crutch
Can God make a rock so big He can’t see behind it?
† I believe in evolution » Share scriptures
† I believe in evolution » Consider God’s creation
† I believe in evolution » Evolution is constantly being revised
† I believe in evolution » The real evolution theory is not ‘politically correct’ today
One way to respond to a skeptic
† Some guidelines » Don’t argue
† Some guidelines » Don’t compromise in order to make people like you
† Some guidelines » Don’t think you have to answer every question
† Some guidelines » Don’t hesitate to leave
† Some guidelines » Let people choose
† Some guidelines » Realize you are in a battle
Challenge yourself


Some believers worry about what they will say when people object to something. You probably won’t have to deal with objections as often as you think, and when you do, many will be relatively small questions that can be addressed quickly. This chapter will help you deal with many of these minor objections that I have found to be the most common. If you want to be able to know how to answer more involved objections, there are other resources you can look into. For most believers, I think their time would be better spent getting out there and sharing the gospel. You will learn how to handle objections from experience. Regardless of the objection, the goal is to not to be right or to win an argument. The goal is to use the objective, with some logic, to see if they would listen to the gospel.

In many cases the most important thing to do when faced with an objection is to have a good attitude. Try not to think of those who object as the enemy. They may be frustrated, angry, and victimized by this world. God loves them and He wants them saved. They have never experienced God and do not know the peace and assurances you have. Sometimes those who object the strongest are close to receiving Christ. Even when people are unreasonable, God will bless you for standing up for the truth. “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:11-12) The responses given to these objections are only suggestions. You may feel led to share something entirely different. After you see how some common objections could be answered, there are some general guidelines that should also be helpful.

I don’t believe in the Bible
Since you will refer to the Bible early on, some will be quick to say they don’t believe in the Bible. One way to deal with this is to ask if they have ever read the Bible. Many who have this objection have not read even some of the Bible. Since this is usually the case, let them know they have drawn a conclusion about something they know little about. This would be like criticizing a movie they haven’t seen or a book they haven’t read. If they’re reasonable, they will realize that they haven’t been objective and may consider listening.

If they have read the Bible, you can tell them that one of the main themes of the Bible is how we can have eternal life. Ask them if they know what the Bible says about we can have eternal life. If they tell you they don’t believe in the Bible, remind them that you’re not asking if they believe in it—you’re asking what the Bible says (This is the second diagnostic question). Most people will say by being a good person or obeying the Ten Commandments. Let them know that the opposite is true. Tell them eternal life is free and there is nothing they can do to work for it or earn it. Share 1 John 5:13 and Ephesians 2:8 & 9. If they seem interested, keep sharing. If they’re still not interested, let them know that they have rejected the Bible without understanding it.

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Where does it say that in the Bible?
This question often comes from those who aren’t very receptive, but if it’s scriptures they want—give them scriptures! If you can’t find the ones they’re asking about, share other scriptures, and the gospel along with them. Even if you show them what they want to know, don’t expect them to be receptive. God will use the scriptures to work on their heart after you leave. Another way to approach this is to ask if they believe in gravity, then ask if they can show you in Newton’s law where it says that. Some things are so obvious that we don’t need proof. The Bible says the same thing about God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1)

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I don’t believe in God
The Bible does not try to prove the existence of God. The Bible says it’s obvious. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) Atheists, and other skeptics, often claim they need to “see it” before they will believe it; but they believe in other things they don’t see, like gravity, electricity, radio waves, and things they say happened billions of years ago.

If they simply believed God first, God would reveal Himself to them, and they would understand many of the questions they have. They would have a peace and an assurance they are going to heaven, so they wouldn’t care about their questions anyway. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” (Hebrews 11:3) Some unbelievers seem very confident but they really aren’t. They do not have any assurance they are going to heaven. They are often just trying to justify their lifestyle. The Bible describes such unbelievers as, “Understanding neither what they say, nor what they affirm.” (1 Timothy 1:7) Don’t become sympatric to their unbelief as though God is unreasonable. They simply refuse to believe the obvious, and the Bible says, “...they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

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Aren’t there contradictions in the Bible?
Ask if they could show you one. If they can’t show you one, ask if you can show them one—or one that some may think is a contradiction. This will get you in God’s Word. Here’s one example: Matthew 28:2-6 describes one angel at the tomb of Jesus, whereas John 20:12 describes two angels. This looks like a contradiction, but explain that one author’s description of one angel talking doesn’t mean a second angel wasn’t there. Things like this happen every day. Some supposed ‘contradictions’ are just one author giving a different perspective or not giving every detail. There are other resources you can check out but you will probably find that the real problem is they don’t want to repent. Someone said, “People don’t reject the Bible because it is contradicts itself, they reject the Bible because it contradicts them.” Ask again if you can explain how they can go to heaven.

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If God is good, why does He allow evil in the world?<
We are responsible for most of our problems, but instead of taking responsibility, we often blame God. God warns us, we disobey Him, and then ask how God could allow this. The Bible asks, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” (James 4:1) People often blame God after they have been warned and after they have refused to obey Him. Jeremiah said, “Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God.” (Jeremiah 2:17)

After most natural calamities some ask, “Why didn’t God prevent this, or why does God allow suffering?” When it comes to asking God why things happen, we simply can’t know. The Bible says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out.” (Romans 11:33) Sometimes we suffer because we make bad choices, but not always. Sometimes we have a choice and sometimes we don’t. You could let them know that right now they have a choice as to whether or not they want to know how Jesus can forgive them so they can go to heaven and not suffer for all eternity.

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How can a God of love send people to hell?
It is true that only God, not Satan or anyone else, has the power to send people to hell (Matthew 10:28); however, God made salvation so easy that we really send ourselves to hell. No one in hell can honestly say, “It’s God’s fault I’m here”. God is Holy and does not tolerate evil or ignore sin. If God did not deal with evil, that would make Him evil. If God gave us what we deserved, we would all be in hell. (Romans 3:23, 6:23) Because God is good and a God of love, He made a tremendous sacrifice so we could have eternal life with Him. We simply have to choose to let God forgive us. Ask if you can share how they can go to heaven. If they don’t want to hear, they can’t say God is unfair. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3)

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I think people are basically good
Let them know that the Bible says the contrary. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” (Romans 7:18) People need to understand they are sinners before they will understand they need a Savior. When people think people are basically good, it doubtful they will acknowledge they are sinners. It’s difficult to understand how people can come to this conclusion considering how selfish and greedy people are. If people were basically good, we wouldn’t need laws. When there are no laws, there is no limit to what people will do to advance their own causes at the expense of others. Ask what happened when they had a substitute teacher who was not as strong as the regular teacher. Ask what happens when there are no consequences for murder, like when some people have power. When there is a natural disaster, and the police aren’t around, crime is rampant. Almost all the news we see and read about is bad new, not good news.

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There are too many hypocrites in the church.
There are more hypocrites outside the church. The greatest example of hypocrisy was when Jesus, who was the only person without sin, was beaten and crucified and people tried to justify it. The Apostle Paul never went to prison when he killed Christians (Saul at the time), but was beaten and thrown in prison all the time when he preached the gospel. I have seen far more hypocritical politicians (leaders outside the church), than hypocritical pastors (leaders in the church). I have also found that when people receive Christ they become less hypocritical. We are all hypocritical to some degree. No one is perfect, except Jesus. We need to follow Christ and put our trust in Him, not man. Jesus is “...the author and finisher of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2) Hell is full of hypocrites. Ask if you can tell them how they can get to heaven so they won’t be around even more hypocrites later.

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I don’t believe in the organized church
I sometimes tell people I know some good “disorganized churches” they might be interested in. Those who give this objection often claim to be Christians, but that is questionable because if they had, the Holy Spirit would convict them for not being in church, because the Bible instructs us to, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25) You could ask them the two diagnostic questions and then see if you could share the gospel. If they continue to be critical churches, or God’s people, you could let them know God created us for fellowship and instructs us to fellowship. When people receive Christ, going to church is something they want to do.

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This is not what I’ve been taught
Many people will tell you what church they grew up in or what their mom taught them. Ask if they would be willing to go to hell for their mom. Believe it or not, some will say yes. Even if they do, ask them if they would be willing to learn how they can have eternal life so they can tell their mom and they can be together for all eternity. After we shared a little with one man he said, “I grew up a Catholic and I suppose I will always be a Catholic.” You could also ask if what they believe is wrong, would they want to know. Many who give this objection may be saying that they believe in the organized church.

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What about people who’ve never heard about Jesus?
When people ask about people in other countries who have never heard about Jesus, ask if you can tell them about Jesus so people in other countries won’t be worried about them. God knows all things and we do not have to worry about it. “If thou sayest, Behold we knew it not, doth not he that pondereth the heart considerate it? And he that keepeth thy soul, doeth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?” (Proverb 24:12) They don’t have to worry about those who have never heard, but now you are given them a chance to hear the gospel. They need to take the opportunity to listen. If they don’t, they need to take the responsibly for not listening. “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” (Acts 17:30) Ask again if they want to listen.

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Christianity is too narrow
Most people who have this objection will probably not be receptive. They are right about Christianity being narrow however. Jesus said, “Strait is the gate: and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be who find it.” (Matthew. 7:14) There are many scriptures that clearly state Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus Himself made this clear when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) (See also John 10:1-10, Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 2:5). It’s very simple. “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” (1 John 5:12) Jesus said, “If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” (John 8:24)

If there were other ways to get to heaven that would mean Jesus wasn’t truthful, and there was no reason for Him coming to earth and dying for our sins. If there were other ways to get to heaven, the Bible would have told us through the prophets. On the contrary, the prophets told us of Jesus. Some unbelievers who give this objection may ask, “So you’re saying Buddhists, Muslims, and everyone who believes differently will go to hell?” In all likelihood they will not be open to the truth, but they may be later, so tell them the only way to heaven is through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Don’t compromise the truth because they object. Share scriptures and let them know they have the opportunity to know how they can get to heaven.

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How can murderers go to heaven?
Those who have this objection are saying Christianity isn’t narrow enough. They’re setting their own standard, which is less forgiving than what God is offering. Ask at what point they would draw the line? For example, if they don’t think murderers should go to heaven, what about thieves and liars? Everyone will have a different standard. Those who give this objection often think they’re good enough, but others aren’t. They’re relying on works rather than what Christ did on the cross. Our salvation is based on God’s grace alone, not on our works. (Ephesians 2:8, 9) People who have this objection need to understand that any sin disqualifies them from heaven (Romans 3:23, James 2:10) but God is willing to forgive any sinner. (John 3:16)

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All roads lead to God
All roads may lead to God, but only one leads to eternal life. (John 14:6) All roads lead to either the ‘Great White Throne Judgment’ where unbelievers will be judged for their sins. (Revelation 20:11), or to the ‘Judgment Seat of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 5:10) where believers will be rewarded for what they have done for the Lord. The only road that leads to eternal life is through Christ. You may want to tell people that heaven is a free gift, and they can have it if they want, but if they choose not to take it before they die. If they refuse, they will remember this opportunity, and they will regret their rejection of Christ for all eternity.

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Christianity is a crutch
Even though this objection was probably meant to be offensive, it can be considered a compliment because they recognize that Christians are dependent on Christ. This is the way it should be. We have been created to have Christ in our lives. The Bible says we are “Complete in him.” (Colossians 2:10) This means we’re incomplete without Him. The Bible says, “He (Christ) is our peace,” (Ephesians 2:14) which means we can’t have peace apart from Christ. Calling Christianity a crutch is like hoping along on a broken leg in pain and making fun of someone using crutches. How smart is that? Ask what they are going to lean on when they lose their job or learn they have a life threatening illness. For many, it’s alcohol, but whatever it is, Christ is better.

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Can God make a rock so big He can’t see behind it?
Those who ask this question are usually trying to find an excuse not to believe by questioning God’s power. In other words, if there are things God can’t do, why should I trust Him? God can’t lie, make a mistake, become less powerful, or less wise. (Hebrews 6:18, Titus 1:2) God is not weak, and He can’t become weak. On the contrary, God wants to help us in our weakness. (Romans 8:26) Instead of bringing God down to our level, we need to let Him bring us up to a higher level. Our sins will lead us to hell, but God wants to give us eternal life with Him. God is able to forget our sins if we let Him. (Jeremiah 31:34) Encourage them to take God up on His offer before it’s too late.

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I believe in evolution
Discussing evolution may take longer because there are so many ways you could address evolution. I’ve included four ways to try to get people to reconsider what they think about evolution and consider listening to the gospel.

1. Share scriptures

In spite of all the objections evolutionists have, God still has to speak to their heart, so share some scriptures. You could read the first few verses of Genius about God creating the world, and ask, ‘If a building has a builder, wouldn’t a creation have a creator?’ “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4) You could let them know that in order to understand in a God they don’t see they have to believe by faith. You can remind them that there are a lot of things they believe in that they don’t see, like electricity, gravity, and radio waves. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” (Hebrews 11:3)

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2. Consider God’s creation

When God created plants, animals, and man, He made them dependent on each other. One example is sheep. Sheep have no defenses and can’t survive without a shepherd. If sheep aren’t sheared, they won’t survive because when their wool gets wet, it becomes too heavy for them to even stand up. Sheep would not last a few weeks without a shepherd, let alone millions of years. This makes evolution impossible. You could explain how the eye has millions of intricate functions all working together and then ask how could this happen by chance. When people look at God’s creation with an open mind, they can’t help but to see God. The Bible says the same thing. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19, 20)

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3. Evolution is constantly being revised

Evolution is constantly being revised, whereas the Bible has never been revised. When most people thought the world was flat, some Christians suggested the world was round, because the Bible says, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.” (Isaiah 40:22) When scientists were trying to count the number of stars, some Christians said there were more than could be counted because the Bible says the stars in the sky are “As the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.” (Hebrews 11:12) When Galileo invented the telescope and discovered there are billions and billions of stars, the Bible was proved correct once again. Unfortunately, this usually doesn’t cause people to start reading the Bible. This is because the real problem is that people don’t want to change their lifestyle. You can point this out, and then ask if they would be open-minded enough to listen to the gospel and consider that God may have something better for them.

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4. The real evolution theory is not ‘politically correct’ today

Charles Darwin believed the white race was superior to other races, and other races have not evolved to the point of white people. Ask if they believe that part of evolution. If they don’t believe that, then perhaps there are other things they are also wrong. Ask if they believe in the survival of the fittest. If they do, this would mean they can’t also believe in saving animals from extinction because a true evolutionist, who believes in the survival of the fittest, believes we should let the weakest species die off because the world is better off without them. No one can be an animal rights activists and an evolutionist. Evolution shows no mercy to the weak. Consequently most evolutionists see themselves as being the strongest that don’t need mercy. Consider the following story.

A college professor who believed in evolution was on vacation on a primitive island and noticed some natives having some kind of a church service and worshiping Jesus Christ. He ventured over, approached the Chief and proceeded to apologize for all of the American missionaries who have poisoned so many people with their lies about Christianity. As he criticized Christianity, the native chief listened patiently. After going on for some time, the chief calmly said, “Do you see those large, stained rocks over there?” He said, “We used to crush the skulls of our enemies on those rocks.” The Chief then pointed another direction and said, “Do you see those broken pots lying over there? We use to cook our enemies in those pots—before we ate them.” The Chief then said, “If it weren’t for the Christians who came over here and told us about the love of Jesus Christ, you would be our dinner tonight!”

Real evolutionists, who really believe in the survival of the fittest, are cannibals, dictators, and hate groups. In this story, the very thing the professor was criticizing saved his life. If these natives still believed in the survival of the fittest, they would have killed the professor because he wasn’t the fittest.

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One way to respond to a skeptic
Suppose an unbeliever asks a well-thought out question, about evolution or something that questions, or discredits, God or the Bible. You don’t necessary have to answer their question directly. Even if you gave the perfect answer, it probably wouldn’t satisfy them anyway. They are trying to find answers without coming to God by faith. Here’s an example of what I might say.

Suppose you were trying to pull a water skier behind a boat but you were using a row boat. It wouldn’t matter how hard you try or how good your oars were. You are never going to pull a water skier behind a row boat using oars. It doesn’t matter how strong you are or how hard you try. You need to try a different approach—like get another boat with a big motor. In the same way, you are never going to find answers to your questions about God with logic or intellect. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or how hard you try. You need a different approach.

So what’s that approach? Let me put it this way. My dad use to tell me, “It is hard to do business with someone that doesn’t have any money.” Think about that one. In the same way, it’s hard for God to do business with someone that doesn’t have any faith. Just as money is the world’s currency, faith is God’s currency. No one comes to God without faith. In other words, the missing ingredient you need to find answers to your questions is faith. The Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8, 9) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” (Hebrews 11:3) But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) You have to come to God, believing He exists and believing He hears you. Are you willing to learn how you need to place your faith in God?

If they are willing, go for it and share the gospel. If they’re not willing, you might add something like this, and ask one more time.

As I am standing here, I am absolutely sure that I am going to heaven, and I have peace. The only people on the planet that know they are going to heaven, and have peace, are those who have received Jesus Christ by faith. You can know this too, but you have to come to God by faith. God loves you just as much as He loves me. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Are you willing to learn about God’s plan of salvation and how you can have peace? When you have God’s peace, you won’t be questioning the existence of God or the integrity of His Word.

If they are still are not interested, it is probably best to drop it, or leave if you’re talking to someone you don’t know. Even if they refuse to listen, they just heard a good portion of the gospel, along with some scriptures, illustrations, and a testimony. God will continue to work on them. Try to find what the real problem is when dealing with objections and always give them God’s Word.

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Some guidelines when handling objections
Over the years of teaching believers how to evangelize, there are problems that tend to come up. The following guidelines are like warning signs to help you not to get sidetracked when dealing with people who have objections.

Don’t argue

One of the most common mistakes believers make when people object that causes them to be ineffective is getting in an argument. Evangelism isn’t about winning arguments or trying to prove that you’re right—it’s about God speaking to hearts. No one is argued into heaven. If you argue, you are lowering yourself to their level, and you are now the one trying to convince them rather than the Holy Spirit. Arguing seldom changes hearts or minds. The chances of anyone being receptive after an argument is between slim and none. How many times have you heard anyone say after an argument, “You’re right and I’m wrong?” Even if you win the argument, they will probably be less receptive, and instead of being transformed, they will just be a smarter sinner. Share God’s word and trust it to do its job. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

The Bible is full of warnings not to argue. “But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do generate strifes.” (2 Timothy 2:23) “But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.” (Titus 3:9, 10) (See also Proverbs 9:7,8)

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Don’t compromise in order to make people like you

We are called to proclaim the truth, not try to be popular. Just make sure that it’s the truth that offends people, not you. It’s actually not a good sign if everyone likes you. Jesus said, “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” (Luke 6:26) One time the disciples were bothered when some Pharisees did not like what Jesus said and they asked Him, “Knowest thou not the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?” Jesus said, “Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind.” (Matthew 15:12) In other words, Jesus seemed to be saying ignore them and forget about it because they don’t know what they were talking about. Some will object no matter what you say. Jesus said, “John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!” (Luke 7:33, 34)

Many unbelievers don’t want to hear the truth. This is like hating a doctor trying to help them because he said you had cancer. If they aren’t going to listen to the problem (that they’re sinners), they aren’t going to listen to the solution (that they need a Savior). Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18) God will bless you if you proclaim the truth in spite of those who object. “But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 13:50-52)

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Don’t think you have to answer every question

When someone asked Jesus to talk to his brother about dividing an inheritance, Jesus told him, “Man, who made me a judge or an divider over you?” (Luke 12:14) After Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee to get to Capernaum, some asked how he got there, but Jesus never answered their question. Jesus told them they were only there, “Because ye did eat of the loaves and were filled.” (John 6:25-17) “Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.” (Matthew 27:13, 14)

Sometimes people will ask questions that have nothing to do with the gospel or that can’t be answered to their satisfaction. An example might be, “Why does God allow suffering.” You could spend hours discussing questions like this and get nowhere, because no one can know why God does what He does. and when you’re all done, they still don’t know how they can have eternal life. Sometimes it’s better to ignore some questions and just share the gospel. When people receive Christ, and experience the peace, joy, and love of God, they won’t care about these kinds of questions.

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Don’t hesitate to leave

When people object, chances are God wants you to share with someone else. If you stick around, instead of God using you to reach others, Satan is using them so you won’t share with others. I have seen many believers stay too long with people on missionary trips, and eventually get in arguments when there were hundreds of people they could have shared with. “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according with godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, wereof cometh envy, strife, reviling, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.” (1 Timothy 6:3 & 4)

Perhaps you’re thinking, “So at what point do I leave?” This is where you are going have to ask God to give you some discernment. As a general rule, stick around as long as (1) people are receptive, (2) you have a peace about staying, and (3) you are able to show God’s love. Sometimes people become increasingly more argumentative, which is God’s way of showing you it’s time to leave. When the Jews rejected Paul’s preaching, “He shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles’. And he departed.” (Acts 18:5-7) (See also Acts 13:46)

Some people are simply not interested in the truth. They hate God and they hate the truth. They are attracted to evil and they are repulsed by righteousness. Don’t waste your time with them. “He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord.” (Proverbs 17:15) One of Paul’s prayer requests was that he would be delivered from “unreasonable and wicked men” (2 Thessalonians 3:2).

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Let people choose

God gives people a choice and we need to let them choose. Whenever the gospel is preached, there will be some who believe and some who won’t. When Paul preached the gospel the Bible tells us, “And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.” (Acts 28:24) People choose not to believe because they don’t want to change their lifestyle. “Men loved darkness rather than light.” (John 3:19) Some people are rational about everything but the gospel. It wouldn’t matter if you answered every objection perfectly or they witnessed a miracle. Jesus said, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” (Luke 16:31) Peter describes such people as ‘willing ignorant.’ (2 Peter 3:5) One pastor told someone, “If I answered every objection perfectly to your satisfaction, would you be willing to trust Jesus with your life?” He said, “Probably not.”

Once people reject the truth, some of their objections sound ridiculous. It’s like being on a boat throwing a life ring to people who are struggling in the water. Instead of grabbing it, they ask about people in other oceans who are drowning, or want to know if the ‘life ring’ you threw is the only one that can save them. Those further out say they don’t believe in boats, those closer in tell us that there are too many hypocrites on the boat.

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Realize you are in a battle

We are in a center of a spiritual battle with the forces of darkness, and the stakes are high. Satan is directing his attacks on Christians. I doubt that you won’t hear Mormons debating Jehovah’s Witnesses, Buddhists arguing with Muslims, or evolutionists complaining about anyone other than Christians, even though there are many other religions that believe in intelligent design. Cults follow Christians around on missionary trips so they can talk to new believers. I’ve never seen them following other cults around. If you use God’s Word and share your faith when the Holy Spirit leads, you can’t lose. Keep going forward and remember that Jesus said, “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18)

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Challenge yourself
Go back and read the title of some of these objections and see if you can give an answer as though someone just gave you that objection. Better still, get someone to role play with you and randomly pick a few of these objections as though they are objecting and see if you could get them to reconsider and listen to the gospel. Remember the goal is not to prove that you are right, the goal is to see if they would listen to the gospel.

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