I found two new websites this weekend that I’ve decided to follow: a blog called “Debunking Christianity” and a website called ExChristian.net. I’m planning on delving into them more, but in a cursory look, it seems like there are some common objections on these websites to Christianity.
If one doesn’t closely examine the claims of Christianity, and make a thorough investigation with an open mind, there are three areas in which these common objections take shape:
In this category of objections to Christianity are issues like the existence of evil, the silence of God in the face of evil (which I dealt with in an earlier post), and some seemingly incongruences between religion and science. Most or all of these objections can be met and answered if a person investigates Christianity with an open mind and is genuinely looking for the truth.
There are some emotional objections that keep some people from accepting Christianity. These include Christianity’s exclusivity claim (that Christianity is the only way to heaven), the doctrine of hell (that unbelievers will go to hell), and Christian hypocrisy. In fact, Christian hypocrisy is a huge impediment for some people.
How many times have you heard someone say, “I grew up in a Christian home, and heard all the preaching, and even considered myself a Christian, but then I saw all these Christian around me that weren’t living like how they were preaching, so I left the faith. Christianity is just so full of hypocrites.” I wrote about the issue of Christian hypocrisy in an earlier post.
Lastly, there are some volitional (will) issues that keep people from accepting Christianity. This is primarily the problem of Christian morality. People don’t want to accept that they will have to change their behavior once they accept Christ. They believe that they will be giving up their freedom to become a Christian. They don’t want to relinquish the control that they have over their life to an unseen God. These people believe that accepting Christ would require them to change their friends, beliefs, habits, and priorities, and are unwilling to change these things. Here’s a quote from ExChristian.net:
Growing up in a Christian home I had seen and heard it all: the ranting and preaching from family members and church pastors of how faithful and loving god was; how if you just had more faith he will work things out in your life; you would grow closer to him and that things would get better if you continued your walk with him, etc.; That he had a plan for each of us but he never forces it on you, because of our own choice of free will; that he is all knowing, loving, merciful and a oh just so great invisible god!
The reality is I spent most of my adult life trying but never being able to live up to his and others perceived high expectations for righteous and godly living. The faith that I lacked just reinforced my feelings of guilt and inadequacy and I feel damaged emotionally to this day from my experiences with the faith.
While many people think that their objections to Christianity are intellectual, the truth is, most people reject Christianity because of emotional or volitional reasons. I believe that, if a person makes a thorough investigation of the intellectual objections to Christianity, I think they will find that the claims of Christianity stand up to the closest scrutiny.
Questions: If you’re a non-Christian, what objections do you have to Christianity? If you’re a Christian, what objections have you encountered? You can leave your comments by clicking here.
|This post is in my series called “Cross Examination: Is Debunking Christianity Possible?” I’m looking at a myriad of topics in the rational examination of my faith, and will write at least one post per week for the next year. If you would like to read some of the previous posts in this series, click on the links below:|