COMMON OBJECTIONS TO BECOMING A CHRISTIAN
And how they can be answered
1. I could never be good enough!
This is a very common objection! People seem to feel that if they
can just give up smoking, or swearing, then they might indeed
like to go to church. The assumption, of course, is that only
'good people' go to church - that is, people who have no
human failings. And yet, we all have human failings!
Certainly becoming a Christian will involve becoming aware of
such things and setting about rooting such failings out. Yet the
Christian finds strength to root out many (even if not entirely
all) failings through the power of the Holy Spirit! When Christ
convicts the new believer's heart, it is truly astonishing how
that person can alter! All those of us who have been Christians
for many years have witnessed some amazing transformations in
And yet it would be incorrect to believe that the new Christian
suddenly becomes perfect - this just does not happen, even though
most new believers find a new self-discipline coming into their
lives. But is Jesus Christ looking for "perfect" people? We know
that He often ate meals with people who were far from
When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating
with the "sinners" and tax collectors, they asked his disciples:
"Why does he eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who
need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the
righteous, but sinners
(Mark 2:16-17 NIV)
2. People who go to church tend to be hypocrites!
It is surprising how common this saying is, but let us stop and
analyse it for one moment:
Lets face it - hypocrisy is never far from human nature. We speak
of politicians who don't always practise what they preach and we
call them 'hypocrites' whether or not they fully deserve the
epithet (perhaps, quite often they do!) A hypocrite is a person
who says one thing but does something quite different - if we are
going to be absolutely honest we would have to admit that every
one of us has fallen short here at one time or another!
Joseph Alder said,
Hypocrisy is as much a part of human existence as breathing in
and breathing out!
So it surely is a little unfair to suggest that 'church-goers'
(rather more than any other group) are all hypocrites!
However, there is no doubt that some church and chapel-goers have
'majored' on judgementalism, indeed so often it has been
judgementalism while not in full possession of the facts!
However, the fact that most Christians have moral and behavioural
standards which they seek to live by can give a false impression
of judgementalism. Most Christians would say,
Hate the sin, but love the sinner!
We do indeed hate sin - even when we ourselves occasionally
succomb to it (which we all occasionally do!), but we love
the sinner and seek to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to them -
indeed, we are prepared to seek out the most notorious of sinners
in order to encourage them to join us!! We seek out the outcast,
and we seek out those rejected of society. We have absolutely
nothing to gain from this - our motives are truly altruistic. We
do it because the one we follow admonished us to take the Gospel
into all the world in order to make disciples for Christ! Matthew
28: 18-20, for example.
So while quite obviously some of us fall short at various times
and in various ways (we remain human!), I believe that the motive
of the Christian is utterly noble, and - because of our clear
worldview - we are probably - overall - less inclined to
contradiction and hypocrisy than most.
3. You can be a 'good Christian' without ever "going to
This is quite an odd saying but it is a very common one in the
UK. I think the saying misunderstands what true Christianity is!
It seems to reflect a view which believes that a Christian is
merely a very kind person who goes around doing kind and
philanthropic deeds for others. Of course, that is fine and is to
be encouraged but that idea never gets down to the 'nuts &
bolts' of what Christianity is all about!
And yet if we look at the saying and take it literally, it is
true. Why? Because actually a Christian never "goes" to
church - he or she is either in the Church......or, not!
Biblically speaking, 'church' is not a building, but the
people themselves comprise 'Church' (with a capital 'C'). So we
are not made "church" by regularly attending any hall of worship,
nor should such a hall of worship ever (strictly speaking) be
called "church". According to the New Testament (which must be
deemed the final authority), those people who respond in faith to
the message of the Gospel are - in themselves - THE
And yet it remains true that a Christian will want to meet with,
and worship with, other believers in the Christ and the writer of
the Book of Hebrews admonishes us all not to forsake the practise
of assembling together in order to praise God!
So while it might be (technically) true that one can be a 'good
Christian' without going to a place of worship, it remains the
case that this popular comment is based on a flawed understanding
of what Christianity is, and a Christian will want to meet
with others in order to praise God where this is possible (and
sometimes it isn't).
But, in the final analysis, a Christian should never be defined
simply as 'a person who goes to church' - that is a very
No, a Christian is a person who accepts that Jesus of Nazareth
was and is the Son of God and wants to become a disciple of the
very same Jesus. In becoming such a disciple, the man or woman
fully accepts that their "job description" will involve not only
prayer and Bible study (in order to learn more about God), but
also - to a greater or lesser degree - to be an evangelist for
Christ! This is what being a Christian is all about! We allow
our lights to shine for Christ - we don't hide them away in case
they are spotted!
4. Why believe in Christ or God in the 21st century when
science and evolution has done away with any need to believe in
Of course, the whole reasoning and approach here is completely
erroneous! It is well beyond the mandate and scope of science to
"test" whether God exists! Almost all scientists would reject any
notion that their discipline can ever amount to placing them in a
position of appraising/evaluating/testing the existence of God;
their brief, as scientists, falls well short of that!
It is indeed odd that the media, in general, still tends to hold
the concept that science and religion are bound to be at
loggerheads (in fact, this is a very outdated concept). The
truth, of course, is that numerous scientists of the past and
present have been devout believers. We may think of such names as
William Herschel, Blaise Pascal, Dr Warren Weaver, Michael
Faraday, Sir Robert Boyd, Sam Berry or scores of others.
Much confusion has often been caused by the atheist populist
propagandists such as Richard Dawkins. Some of these
propagandists for naturalistic materialism have made "scientific"
claims which serious scientists have only been able to view with
their tongues firmly in cheek! Such writers still tend to embrace
macro-evolution in some form despite the fact that many believe
that Darwin will be the next 'sacred cow' "great mind" of the
anti-God modernist 19th century to fall, following Marx and
Freud. The Theory of Evolution itself has now become a very
unstable edifice, but it is a shaky construction which many fear
to flee since to depart from it is tantamount to admitting that
there must have been a supernatural Creator! Many serious
scientific writers such as Denton and Eldridge - even while for
the moment remaining evolutionists themselves - are starting to
ask deep and searching questions about a theory which is really
more of an anti-supernaturalist philosophical statement than a
theory which can ever be empirically substantiated by scientific
test or experiment!
Michael Behe's new work in 'Irreducible Complexity' has
sent shockwaves around the scientific community since this
proven concept strongly legislates against the possibility
of unproven Evolution!
This is much too large a subject to cover here, but I would refer
the enthusiastic reader to the article The
Truth About Evolution.
But suffice it to say here that no scientific test or experiment
has ever shown, or ever will be able to show that God does not
So if one should seriously say, Why believe in Christ or God
in the 21st century when science and evolution has done away with
any need to believe in God? they are effectively asking a
question which is not only illogical but actually
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