Practical Apologetics #2: What To Do When You Get An Objection You Can’t Answer
Nail Mark Ministries
This is the second post in our ongoing series on practical tips for doing apologetics. Today’s post deals with what to do when you get a question or objection to the Christian faith that you don’t know how to answer. This situation can be frustrating, embarrassing, and even scary at times, but here are some things that are important to keep in mind when it happens (and it will happen).
The first thing is to just keep cool and don’t get frustrated. You are not a walking apologetics encyclopedia no matter how hard you try to be and you will occasionally get asked questions or be tossed objections that you’ve never heard and don’t even know where to start with. It’s okay! Forgive yourself, don’t freak out or get upset about it.
Secondly, when you get one of those questions or objections, be honest about it. It’s okay to admit to the person whom you are talking to that you’re not really sure how to respond. Try this on for size:
“Huh, you know that is an interesting question. I don’t really have an answer right now, is it okay if I take some time to think about that and get back to you?”
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Of course it is okay! And if they say its not okay then just realize you’re not talking to a reasonable human being. After all, who can fault a person for not knowing the answer to every possible question and simply wanting some time to ponder what has just been said? Most people will be more than happy to let you think on the point they made.
Remember that the absolute worst thing you can do when you get hit with a question or objection that you don’t know how to answer is to answer it anyway. There are few quicker ways to look like a fool than to just keep talking about something you know nothing about. Now this is not to say that you can’t ask for more information about the point they just made to understand it better, and it is not to say that you can’t interact with it to the extent you feel like you have some understanding of the issue, but if you really don’t have a clue….be silent. Remember Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” It will go better for you to be quiet for now, go find the answers you need and then come back with something worthy to say…
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