Answering Objections: Part 1

Dan Lenington on November 12, 2014

Argument

1. Question: "What about ignorant tribes in the deepest jungle who've never heard about Jesus? It's not fair to them for Jesus to be the only way."  

Answer: People are not judged for not knowing about Jesus, but because they have sinned against God. "Sin is the transgression of the Law" (1 John 3:4). This law is written in their hearts (Rom. 2:14-15). Committing sin is what condemns us before God. Christ says in John 3:18-20 that men are condemned even before they choose to reject Christ because they have rejected the light or truth they have already received by observing the evidence for God in nature (Rom. 1:19-20). God has promised to bring more truth or light (usually through missionaries) to those who receive the truth He has given them in nature (Luke 8:16-18). Cornelius is a great example of God's bringing of more truth to one who has received the truth given to him (Acts. 10:1-48).

 

2. Statement: "My god is a god of love and forgiveness, and would never send me to hell."

Answer: This is a violation of the 2nd of the Ten Commandments. They have crafted a god in their mind to fit their liking. They are more comfortable with a god that will not judge sin in righteousness. However, the true God of the Bible is a holy and righteous judge who must judge all sin (Acts. 17:30-31; Ps. 9:8; 67:4; 72:2; 96:13; 98:9 etc.). Any earthly judge must also give justice and not forgiveness simply because it is requested. However, God can extend mercy to the one who accepts Christ's death as payment for his sin because that man's sin debt to God has been paid (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5).

 

 3. Statement: "Why is there so much suffering and death? That proves there is no 'loving,' all-powerful God."

Answer: Death, disease, and suffering are a result of man's rebellious choice to live without God's protection and blessing. When Adam and Eve chose to eat the fruit, they chose to step out of God's will (Rom. 5:12). In general, for the last 6000 years God has allowed mankind to experience life without His protection and blessings to allow us to experience the results of rejecting God's way and His blessings (Luke 13:1-5). If God removed the consequences of our choice to live outside His blessing and protection, life would still be bad because sin produces its own pain, and we would be living in a fake reality. Instead of being angry at God for letting us hurt each other, and suffer in our choice, we should be angry at our own sinful rebellion which causes that suffering. We should be grateful every day that God does intervene often to relieve the pain and suffering we experience from our choices and those of others. Remember that one day God will bring perfect healing and relief to those who accept His solution to sin and its suffering in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:13-21; Rev. 21:4). We also forget that no person no matter their age is innocent of sin. We are all born in sin with the penalty of sin hanging over us. Therefore, we deserve every consequence of sin we face including the sin of others. Even helpless women and children are not innocent and do not deserve a life without pain. A person may not have done an act which we think makes them more deserving of punishment but the truth is all are deserving of punishment for we are all sinners by our very nature (Luke 13:1-5). However, God will judge each person for their own sin not the sin of others.