“But what about the heathen in Africa?” This is the age-old question people often ask when they first hear the gospel message which points to Jesus Christ. This question also brings up one of the most common fears people have about witnessing. They worry, “What if an unbeliever asks a theological question I can’t answer?” Are you one of these people?
Well, cheer up—that’s a good thing. Hopefully, there will be questions! Evangelism is listening to other people; understanding their objections, fears, and questions; and then doing your best to give solid biblical answers.
Do you know the questions unbelievers are asking? To help you prepare, I’m sharing a list of the seven basic questions unbelievers most often ask and giving you the basic Scriptures that will help you with the answers. My prayer is that you will develop friendships with others that cause them to feel comfortable asking you any of these questions.
Seven Basic Objections to the Gospel *
- What about the heathen who have never heard the gospel? (Answer: Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18-20)
- Is Christ the only way to God? (Answer: John 14:6)
- Why do the innocent suffer? (Answer: Romans 5:12)
- How can miracles be possible? (Answer: John 1:1, 14; John 3:2)
- Isn’t the Bible full of errors? (Answer: 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- Isn’t the Christian experience psychological? (Answer: Acts 9—the conversion of Paul; Romans 5:8-10)
- Won’t a good moral life get me to heaven? (Answer: Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5; James 2:10)
*Adapted from Paul Little, How to Give Away Your Faith (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1973), pp. 67-80.