A Question I Was Asked:

Do You Understand This "Has He/She Lost His/Her Faith" Business?

Several times I have heard liberals ask Christian people who have maybe lost somebody close to them, "did you lose your faith because of this?" But is there any understanding of Christianity in this question? Where is the Bible supposed to say, 'if you become a Christian, you will have a perfect life without any stresses'?

Do you understand this "he/she lost his/her faith" business?

UK Apologetics Reply:

I strongly support the question of this emailer and agree with his annoyance of this oft-repeated question. Yes, it seems to be the regular question of liberal Christians, and liberals in general; they like to ask real Bible believers who have undergone suffering whether they managed to hold on to their faith. The question is put rather a lot on Songs of Praise, the BBC TV programme. However, I wholeheartedly agree with my inquisitor's response to the question: where on earth do some of these people get their concept of true Christianity from? In contrast to such ideas, the Bible actually promises suffering to the true Christian! See - just for starters - Psalm 34:4,6,19; Psalm 71:20; John 15:18-25; John 16:33; Acts 14:22; Romans 5:3-5; Romans 8:18; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 15:19; 2 Corinthians 4:8-10; Colossians 1:24; James 1:2-4; 2 Timothy 3:12; Hebrews 12:11; 1 Peter 4:12-19. That's just a few of the relevant Scriptures, there are more.

So, yes, this question most always comes from liberals who have never really understood Christianity. The Bible nowhere promises Christians any sort of 'charmed life,' now, it's true that God will often step in with with divine protection, at other times He will cause the persecuted believer to be strengthened, yet we do have to undergo trials and temptations, and often unreasonable persecutions. To expect otherwise is to show a lack of knowledge of Scripture and the promises - and warnings - which are given to the child of God.

Now, of course, it is true that we don't rejoice to see any believer undergoing suffering, whatever form that may take. Also we all hopefully have compassion and empathy towards such people. Even so, in my opinion a Bible believer would normally never ask another Bible-believing Christian who has undergone some major trial "did you almost lose your faith?" because we know such matters are in God's hands (who granted us the Faith in the first place). It is not an option one can take, moreover, the Bible has many examples of righteous people undergoing suffering in various forms. So, yes, it is very much the question of a liberal who has little real understanding of Christianity.

Robin A. Brace. July 7th, 2015.