Answering Excuses

Answering excuses

Some objections indicate that the person may already be pondering whether to become a Christian. That person needs encouragement, not an opponent.  Here are some common excuses, and some resources for giving an answer (compiled by the author’s wife, Sue Found)

1.  “I can’t believe that a loving God would punish people.” Because God is both loving and just, sin must be punished (Romans 3:23 and II Thessalonians 1:6-10).  Do I want to take the punishment I deserve, or let Jesus take it for me?  (Titus 2:13-14).
2.        “I have to make some changes in my life before I could consider becoming a Christian”. There is nothing we can do to deserve God’s favor.  We can have a relationship with God now through the grace of God.  Romans 5:6-8.  Ephesians 2:8-9.
3.        “I have to spend a long time studying the Bible and be able to understand all of its teaching before I can become a Christian”. Small children and people who have never studied the Bible can become Christians. See  Matthew 19:14.  Luke 23:39-43.  Romans 10:9.  I Corinthians 15:1-4.  I John 5:11-13.
4.        “I couldn’t face the idea that a loved one who didn’t/doesn’t believe in Jesus would go to hell”. If what Jesus said about unbelievers going to hell is true, rejecting the truth won’t change it.  If you do become a believer, there is a chance that your (still living) loved one might believe also.  I Peter 3:1-2.  If an unbelieving loved one died, he/she would want you to become a believer.  Luke 16:19-28.
5.        “I don’t want to become a Christian because others might look down on me, laugh at me, reject me”. Worse things could happen: Matthew 10:28.  There is a positive side: Matthew 5:10-12; Ephesians 2:19.
6.        “I might have to give up some things that I value if I become a Christian”. “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  Mark 10:28-30.  II Corinthians 4:18.  I John 2:17.  Colossians 2:10a.
7.        “If I become a Christian the spirits I used to worship might bring me bad luck”. While it is true that there are evil spirits, it is also true that Christians don’t need to fear them.  Jeremiah 10:5.  Matthew 10:1.  I John 4:3-4.  James 4:7.
8.        “Sometimes Christians have to go through trials or suffering.  I couldn’t (or wouldn’t want to) go through something like that”. You may suffer whether or not you become a Christian.  God is always with us.  Hebrews 13:5-6.  There is a positive side to suffering: II Corinthians 1:3-4 and 8-10, and chapter 12:7-10.  Romans 5:1-5.  James 1:2-4.
9.        “If I don’t have any special feelings, I can’t accept the reality of God in my life”.  Emotions come and go.  You can’t depend on feelings, but you can depend on fact.  John 14:21, 18:37, and 20:29-31.  II Corinthians 5:7.

This page is reprinted with permission from the author’s book Great Commission Living.  (scroll to the bottom of the link to see its table of contents).


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