Summary: Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who ask you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully. Do it with a clear conscience so that when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusive
Answers to Common Objections to Becoming a Christian
I Pet 3:15,16 - "But in your hearts set Christ as holy (and acknowledge Him) as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who ask you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully. Do it with a clear conscience so that when you are falsely accused as evildoers, those who threaten you abusively and revile your right behavior in Christ may come to be ashamed (of slandering your good lives)".
Quote:Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.
First, be sure that you try to avoid any arguments. The best way to win an argument is to avoid it if possible. Lead each person to Scripture that can point people toward the objective truth of God.
Second, show a positive attitude. When a person makes an objection say, "I’m glad you said that!" At least it shows that they are expressing an interest.
Third, use sincere compliments to enhance your rapport with people you are speaking to. A good compliment tends to reduce the tension by saying something like, "You are obviously an intelligent person and its a pleasure to discuss these things with someone who is interested in spiritual matters."
Fourth, ask God for wisdom in dealing with all objections and He will give it to you. (James 1:5) If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men generously and does not withhold and it will be given to you."
Here are some suggested ways to answer some of the most common objections to becoming a Christian:
1. "I am doing the best I can and I’m sincere. "
Even if you could do far better than you are doing now you still can’t do well enough because you don’t please God by being good (Gal. 2:21), but by accepting Jesus (John 1:12).
Sincerity is not the way to heaven. What if you are sincerely wrong? (Remember John 14;6?)
If you are relying on your sincerity, then are you saying that because you are sincere, therefore you are good enough on your own to be with God." Don’t you see, to appeal to your sincerity is to appeal to pride, because you are appealing to something that is in you and not God for your reason to go to heaven. I am sorry, sincerity is not enough. You must have faith, in Jesus.
How long have you been doing your best? Has it worked so far? Has it given you eternal life?
2. "I am skeptical."
Are you honestly looking for answers? If you are, I would be very willing to talk with you more about Jesus, the Bible, or whatever else you want to talk about.
What are you skeptical about? Perhaps we can talk about some of the things that you feel keeps you from a saving knowledge of Jesus.
3. "I tried Christianity once."
The Bible says that once you are saved, you are never the same again, you are a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17). If you have gone back to your old ways, then most probably you were never saved. If, however, you were saved, then God won’t let you stay in rebellion for long.
He will deal with you in whatever way is necessary to bring you back into fellowship with Him.
Did you become a Christian by going to church or by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins? The latter makes you a Christian, the former doesn’t.
4. "I knew some Christians once and they wronged me."
Christians aren’t perfect. They make mistakes like anyone else. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive them. I think that is what they would do for you.
Maybe they didn’t know they wronged you. Was it something really bad or was it just a mistake? Have you gone to them and spoken to them about it? Maybe if you were to forgive them you would begin to understand the forgiveness God has for you. We all need to be forgiven, don’t you agree?
5. "I’ll take my chances."
With what, eternity? Eternity is a long time to be wrong. Why would you want to take a gamble on something as important as your eternal destiny? It takes only a moment to trust Christ for your salvation. There will be an eternity of pain and regret if you don’t.
You don’t take chances with guns do you? You don’t take chances and run red lights do you? Why would you take a chance on something that is far more important than these? Don’t take a chance on something eternal.
6. "It isn’t worth it."
Jesus said He was the only way to God. He forgave sins, walked on water, calmed a storm with a command, raised people from the dead, and rose from the dead Himself. No one else in all of history has done that. If He can do all that, don’t you think you should listen to Him.