At the beginning of this program we learned: “People have many reasons for rejecting the Christian faith. Some may admire Christ but dislike His followers. Others find it difficult to accept any faith that claims to be the only way to God. Why would anyone limit themselves to only one of the world’s great religions?” How valid are each of these objections? What is your response to each?

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    • #95303740
      Priya
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      In my opinion, I see many people turning away from Christianity not because of the teachings of Christ but because of what they see in believers today . They see the selfish and fallen sinful nature of man. Today many who profess to be followers of Christ and those in ministry especially have lived a secret sinful life and portrayed a holy outward life. When people of other faiths see this, they do not want to be a part of it. They would much rather be in a different faith or an atheist as they do not see Christ’s love in action. My response would be to ask them to see Christ for who He is and follow Him and not mere man as all men are sinners and are bound to sin. If we follow men and not Christ, we are setting ourselves for failure as we will be disappointed sooner or later.

      There are also those who have a very difficult time admitting that Jesus is THE only way. For example, the Hindus do not have any problem with adding Christ as one of their gods along with their millions they already worship, and struggle to leave their tradition and past habits. There is also the fear of being accepted in one’s society or family after their bold profession of faith. To this, my response would be to let them know that following Christ is not like a trial and error or return/ exchange when you become disappointed. or unsure. This will be an all or nothing decision very similar to a marriage covenant. God seeks to have our whole heart. Therefore, as he gave His all for us, we need to surrender our all to HIM

    • #95302121
      Tommie
      Participant

      Jesus’ selection of disciples was after a night of prayer seeking His Father’s will. They were ordinary people who share the same human responses which we have. Therefore, we can see ourselves in their thoughts and actions.
      His miracles attest to His dirty. The God-Man had at the beginning of time been a part of the Holy Trinity who shared in creating in all things. Jesus’ sustains all of creation. Consequently, if He makes the statement of being the only way to the Father, being able to control the natural elements and power over sin and death, He needs to be believed.

    • #95301191
      Luke Holzschuh
      Participant

      I believe that these are objections that many people have and they are even objections that I’ve thought in my own head. However, once we start reading the Bible and diving into the word of God, we can start to dismiss these objections. I love to also read books from C.S. Lewis and other great authors that can help me understand the readings better. There have been many people that have tried to prove that the Bible is wrong, however they have come up empty handed. As followers of Jesus we need to try to be like Jesus and we need to love all our neighbors and serve others, this will help non believers start to believe in the Bible. The people that don’t believe there is one way to God are not fully versed in the Bible, once you read the Bible and believe it, you will understand that this statement is true. The last objection is false, because we can only worship one God and that God is Jesus.

    • #95300211
      Wayne
      Participant

      I believe one of the biggest objection to Christ is that one starts to read the Word of God the conviction eaither forces you to reevaluate your life and or put the Word down because you don’t want to be told you are wrong and very wrong. The next biggest issue I believe is the brick and Mortar Church or what I call the false Church, the amount of contradictions that come from the ministries today will not only push the seeker away but it also fights against the believer. The third problem is the doctrine that is being preached is mostly false meaning that it has been mixed with self help philosophy so one who hears it can pick and choose what they want and then they can get the same type of doctrine from something not of Christ

    • #95298439
      Rochie
      Participant

      Most people reject the Christian Faith because nowadays they do not see Christ likeness being reflected in the church and even the members of the church. For one, Christians who carry the name of Christ have compromised their faith and have not really followed in the footsteps of Jesus who walked in holiness,righteousness and humility. Nevertheless people have looked at people rather than in the Jesus of the Bible hence reject the Christian Faith- as a child of God we need to walk the talk and reflect Christ likeness in our life and character because our faith without works is dead. . Some Christians have lost their lights and are not salty anymore however despite all the shortcomings of man , the Word of God remains and everything else will fall and pass away but the World of God will remain.So we need to refer them back to the Word of God.
      The Word of God does not even mention religion but states that Jesus is the way , the truth and the light no one comes to the Father but through me. Jesus did not come to earth to give man a religion , because religion is man’s way of reaching out to God. Jesus came to restore our relationship to God through His death on the cross, burial and resurrection. SO most of the objections stated above are just man’s excuse to continue and do their own way, live a life without accountability to the Maker. Many people are self willed nowadays or perhaps they have not really heard of the gospel or understood it . It takes much prayer and patience in sharing the Word of God so that man may be convicted of sin and give their heart to Jesus

    • #95297668
      Isabelle
      Participant

      Christianity today, especially in the Western cultures, has been watered down in order to reach a broader audience. Churches are hesitant to speak on the bold claims and truths found in the Bible for fear of offending people. We’ve created a Christianity that is lukewarm so everyone can feel comfortable and free to mold God into their worldview. When Christians begin speaking the truths found in the Bible, that is when many people begin to reject the faith and turn away. This is because following Christ was not meant to be easy, and many people are still conformed to the world.

    • #95297386
      Judith kamugisha
      Participant

      People have many reasons for rejecting Christian faith. Some may admire Christ but dislike His followers. This is because many people still loving the world. And the Bible telling us if someone love the world. To love God it is impossible.

    • #95297360
      Frank
      Participant

      People rejecting the Christian faith simply because of their own ideas (materialism ideas they have),others they don’t like Christianity faith by thinking to lack freedom of doing what they want in some places, others admire christ because of his kindness, mercies, and compassion to all people which he had shown the time he was on the earth and still progressing, people sometimes dislike his followers and this is true even a Bible has shown us and church history many followers were excuted clearly Jesus said that as a believers we are no longer part of the world that’s why people hates followers in John chapter 15:19,17-14,16,Jesus spoke to his followers and prayed God to protect them,lastly accepting God or unaccepting is a matter of freedom and choice people pushing away A gospel because there are not ready to receive changes in their lives.

    • #95296625
      Tony
      Participant

      As we live in a society as in UK, god as been pushed out of society in many ways, hospitals, schools , workplaces etc
      When we do meet people on the streets to talk to them we can come across as weird and strange, so whats should be normal to us, its the opposite to them. They reach out to the god of medicines ie doctors, we reach out to Jesus to heal and he does heal.
      we been conditioned to pay for everything , everything as a price and a few cant believe that we go on the streets to pray for people for free, there thinking is there must be a catch or hook.
      In general people dismiss the true gospel of the good news of Jesus because they might have heard about or of Jesus but dont understand its a working relationship with Jesus and miss out on his miracles

    • #95295699
      Tiffany
      Participant

      I think people are so afraid of upsetting people, and so many want to believe that we all have our “own truths” (you believe what you want, I will believe what I want, etc). People do not like the idea that so many people are incorrect when it comes to religion and what to believe. I think people like the idea of Christ because he was kind, he was a good example, and did wonderful things while on earth. I think people reject his followers because there are many people who are hypocrites that are Christians, and they feel “judged”. I believe these concerns do sound valid, but when you really think about it, there cannot be more than one truth.

    • #95293208
      James
      Participant

      Both objections are valid, in my opinion, because people come to these objections based on what they see and can’t see. I think anyone could read the biographical accounts of Jesus at the start of the New Testament, and conclude that He was amazing man and that the world would be a better place if people loved like He did. However, when those same readers walk away from the book and see, in the world around them, a good number of people who profess to believe and follow Jesus but don’t look like they’ve been changed by Him or are trying to look like Him, that’d create a huge hurdle to get over. What’s the point in buying into a mission if those claiming to be a part of it don’t see to show fruit? Obviously, those who are saints through Jesus are still sinners in the present times, and I know a fall back is “we are all hypocrites,” but I think people today – especially in America – see “Christians” who are primarily driven by personal rights and gains, and sometimes politics, and those “Christians” then tie scripture into their reasonings. And, I don’t say all that guilt-free… I’ve seen it in me as I get older. I wonder, if I were able to see myself as another person might, would I be drawn into the faith being claimed.

      I think the second objection is valid because it is based on what we can’t see. As believers, we obviously know and believe the claims of our scriptures, and hopefully the Spirit continues to train our senses to see God at work and as our source, but if a person has a buffet of the different faiths and all their practices/commands/etc, in front of them, it wouldn’t be easy to say, “Yeah, that’s the only right one.” It takes a humility and willingness to allow the Spirit to work.

    • #95291256
      Cory
      Participant

      I believe that the unbelievers do not believe because they don’t want to follow Jesus, they want to keep their own free will. People make up reasons why they would reject Jesus teaching. Not liking someone is no reason to not follow Christ. Why leave eternity to chance because you dislike someone. Others don’t like that Jesus claims he is the only way. What other religious leaders have done what Christ did, taught as Christ or prophesy so accurately as Christ did. He is the only way to the father.

    • #95291126
      Terry ann
      Participant

      1. For those who admire Christ but dislike His followers: It is a sad esstate for us believers to misrepresent out God. There is a scripture that says, ‘they will know the Father by our love for eachother’. With all of the hyprocosy, judgement and arrogance in our lives at times, we give the wrong impression to the unbeliever of who our God’s character is like. Why would they want to have anything to do with a God, with people, followers, children like that? They have plenty of that from the world. I totally understand their assesement.

      2. Why would anyone limit themselves to only one of the world’s great religions? I believe that many are not relying on truth and are liberal in their thinking. That everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, their own God. They don’t understand nor accept that there is 1, absolute truth, 1 God who created all there is. The world has taught us to be accepting of all opinions and beliefs that this is the right thing to do, thus… not impose our views upon them… a lie to keep our faith to ourselves and the truth hidden.

    • #95285562
      Kevin Menear
      Participant

      Some may admire Christ but dislike His followers: Paul, one of the greatest pillars of the history of Christianity, admitted that we are all sinners, and proclaimed that he was the worst. Though we are followers of Christ, we are not Christ himself. We strive to be pure vessels for His Spirit, but we are not pure. My failings, our failings, are not the failings of God, but the failings of the fallen world from which He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us.

      Others find it difficult to accept any faith that claims to be the only way to God: If you believe that there are many ways to God, then ultimately you are believing in one way (the way of many ways), which in itself is paradoxical. Furthermore, either there is only one way, a limited number of ways but more than one, or an infinite number of ways to God. If you believe that there are a limited number of ways to God, then you run into the same issue of only one way to God: how would you choose which ways are true ways to God? Maybe you would say that it is only “good” ways that lead to God, but how do you define good? Ultimately, you will find that your many, limited ways to God are really just the one way to God in which you currently believe. If you believe there are an unlimited number of ways to God, then you would likely go against your own sense of what you describe, in that you would admit unrepentant serial killers and psychopaths as journeying towards God.

      Why would anyone limit themselves to only one of the world’s great religions?: Each of the “great” religions proclaims itself as the one, true way to God. It is either one or none. If you believe you can follow all/multiple of them, you run into the same issues described above.

    • #95285528
      Merle
      Participant

      My response: I believe that each of these objections are valid. Because People always want to be free and to do what they desires. For me growing up in a different religious back ground I needed to understand and ensure that the Christian faith and it’s belief is serving the same God as I did, even though all followers of Christ are not always believers, I need to experience Christian Apologetic for myself and others in a great religion. I believe The Christian faith because it has been defended, supported and proven with historical facts and is in agreement with living righteous lives that represent what the Bible teaches.

    • #95284572
      Phillip
      Participant

      Thtough faith believing in God , the holy The Holy Spirit and himself. I believe anything is possible Jesus had to have faith also in himself or he would never have been able to attempt the miracles he performed

    • #95282129
      Victor
      Participant

      Some may admire Christ but dislike His followers:

      Sadly, there are those that have experienced abuse of some kind by supposed Christians. If an individual has suffered the cruelties of a supposed Christian, then they will be marred and make many assumptions regarding other Christians. In my experience those that reject Christ due to a follower is the result of a said Christian not acting and portraying a true Christ like reflection.

      Others find it difficult to accept any faith that claims to be the only way to God:

      I believe that this is due to the arrogance of the heart. This is especially true of the atheist/agnostic, as soon as they acknowledge the supremacy of Christ, they cease to be the center of the universe. Generally, people do not like exclusive truth statements. When someone acknowledges Christ is the only way, this requires significant philosophical and action change.

    • #95279700
      Pum kai
      Participant

      The virgin birth of Jesus Christ, the signs, wonders and miracles that He performed, His crucifixion on the cross and His resurrection from the dead and His ascension into heaven are all the fulfilments of prophecies and predictions that had been pronounced hundreds of years earlier in the Old Testament.

      If people have the capacity to believe in something based on facts, evidence and consistency, then the story of Jesus is as credible as the existence of a person called Abraham Lincoln. The consistency and cohesion of the Bible backed up by historical evidences point to its ultimate author – Jesus Christ!

    • #125877
      Cindy
      Participant

      Disliking followers is totally possible in that we are not Christ but strive to be like Christ. Our failures as humans in a fallen world can cause us to be disliked by others and perhaps seen as liars. In our current culture where truth comes from an individual person’s belief system, many will claim the only way as limited and unfair. Again, with the personal truth philosophy prevalent today, having the choice of many religions to justify your actions totally fits. These objections are valid when viewed through the lenses of today’s secular culture.

    • #125695
      Robert
      Participant

      1. There are some people who admire Christ but dislike His followers. I have heard this before from others, and if I am to be honest, I have also felt it. But, I would encourage those people to “FOLLOW CHRIST.” He is the ONLY perfect person. People all come short, even them. Therefore, Christianity should be judged on the merits of Christ Jesus and not anyone else.

      2. There are people who would reject any faith claim that says there is only one way to God. I understand why people may be curious; but there must be only ONE objective truth. Either Christ isn’t the only way to God, or He is. By looking at what he did in the name of God, prophecies fulfilled in the Old Testament by Jesus, and His power of nature, then He has the right to make that exclusive claim.

      3. People would only limit themselves to only one of the world’s major world religion because investigation of the text, the person of Jesus, His life, birth, death and resurrection were witness by multiple credible sources.

      4. I do not believe that these objections are valid at all. I honestly believe that if people would look at this with an objective mind, they could see that their objections have no validity to them at all.

      5. My response to each were already stated. And I would add, if one would thoroughly investigate the claims, and works of Jesus, they would find that He is who He claimed He was.

    • #124999
      Janelli
      Participant

      People have many reasons for rejecting the Christian faith. Some may admire Christ, but dislike His followers. Others find it difficult to accept any faith that claims to be the only way to God.

    • #124908
      Donald
      Participant

      These are valid and legit concerns, questions asked.
      1. The bible has the anwsers to those who lack belief in God and Jesus. If only we would read or join a biblical base organization ( church, school, university, ) to help elevate and gain understanding of the almighty creator of the whole world God.
      2. Some lack belief and question God’s existence sometimes of circumstances in their own lives, natural disasters earthquakes, stroms destruction of lives, wars, violence on human lives. Where is God?
      3. I believe Christianty is not a religous but a relationship with God through Jesus Roman 10:9 bares me out that if we believe in Jesus and connect with Him we have access to the Kingdom of God through Jesus. And this is foundation to obtaining eternal life.
      4.Sin and the power of Satan and his angels is given more glory in this world lust of the world and all of the temporay pleasure it offer, we must discuss what separate us from being capture by the power and love of God.
      5. Since I began reading and studying the old testament about God I got a better understand of the exsitence of Jesus.

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      Our Daily Bread
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