I spoke to a group of high school students at their Fellowship of Christian Athletes once. I had a burning desire to try to help prepare them for their coming experience in college. I wanted to help them not waste time in their spiritual growth and encourage them to get involved in a church as well as Christian organizations. They should live out their faith in an intelligent way where ideas are constantly being created and shared. Also, that they should expect some people will ridicule, belittle, and try to utterly destroy their faith.
I’m speaking from experience that in an environment where there is a free exchange of ideas, there are people who also want to violently change yours. Peter tells us to be kind and gentle in our defense because “when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame” 1 Peter 3:16b. Note that it says “when you are” not “if you are.”
Objectors to Christianity can come from anywhere.
Objectors to Christianity can come from anywhere. Peter tells us to have a defense to “anyone who asks.” Most often you will find the hardest hitters at colleges. I think this is because college students are freshly removed from their parents watchful eye and are eager to explore. Professor Steven Weinberg, who has taught at MIT, Harvard and the University of Texas, said “I personally feel that the teaching of modern science is corrosive of religious belief, and I’m all for that. If scientists can destroy the influence of religion on young people, then I think it may be the most important contribution that we can make.”
You might also get objectors that will conveniently arrive at your door. Most often these are Christian cults like Jehovahs Witnesses or Mormons. These people will be among the nicest people you’ll ever meet, but give them enough of your time and attention and they will contradict Christianity. They will try to confuse you about the fundamentals of Christianity so that their beliefs make more sense.
Another category of objectors to Christianity are those who just do not care. These guys are a little tricky. They will say things like “who’s to say what the true religion is” or “can’t we all just coexist?” These sound like peaceful words but what they are really doing is objecting to every religion. They are saying that no religion is actually true so we should all just get along.
First, do not fear!
So what should we do with these? First, do not fear! Peter tells us to “have no fear of them, nor be troubled” 1 Peter 3:14. Go to college. Answer your front door. Wave pleasantly at the driver with the “Coexist” bumper sticker.
Next, in your heart honor Christ!
Next, “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy.” Study your Bible. Grow closer to Jesus Christ. Pray Pray Pray.
Finally, have a defense!
Finally, “have a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Know what you believe and why. Actively engage in conversations with people about your faith. Give them intelligent answers to challenging questions.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Apologist
Question: Have you recently had an encounter with someone who objected to your beliefs.