Pastor Andy Stanley did a fantastic series for North Point Community Church in Georgia about belief in Christianity. I borrow heavily from his message, but, as always, customize it for an audience looking for a balanced life. I believe a relationship with God is critical to achieving a true balance that lasts.
When someone considers becoming a Christian there is usually one big thing that gets in the way. That thing is usually some sort of objection that person just can’t seem to overcome. Christianity sounds nice and everything but this thing just doesn’t make sense. Even though a key component of Christianity is faith, it would be foolish to ask a non-believer to disregard their hesitations for the sake of faith.
The objections some people may have are things like:
How can there possibly be a God when there is so much suffering in the world?
I know a lot of people who say they are Christians that do bad things and I don’t want to be like them.
I was raised in a different religion, why should I believe in Christianity over my own?
If I embrace the teachings of Jesus and my whole family has never believed, then that’s like saying they are all wrong.
I just don’t buy the fact that one man can die and pay for the sins of everyone.
It could also be just as simple as saying why? Why should I become a Christian? Why don’t I become an astronaut? Because I just don’t want to.
The thing about all of this is that even if we answered all of these questions in detail, the person would still not become a Christian. We could even provide them with volumes of books on any single objection and it still would not matter.
The fact is you don’t become a Christian by overcoming your doubts.
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