5 Doubt-filled Questions Every Christian Can Answer
by Lisa Quintana
In this day and age of skepticism, Christians should be able to provide basic answers to questions about their faith. Here are five doubt-filled questions aimed at Christians today:
1.Moral Truth— Isn’t this just a matter of opinion?
Many have concluded that morality must be relegated to opinion. This is called Relativism. This belief states that conceptions of truth and moral values are not absolute, but are relative to the persons or groups holding them. This mindset comes from the prevailing attitude that tolerance trumps truth. However, what happens when one’s truth collides with another? Without having a shared basis in transcendent, objective morals (know as telos), anyone in power could change the moral rules. This would then become Subjectivism, and left unchecked, it would most likely lead to anarchy.
Others recognize Subjectivism would be bad, and suggest we base morality in science. Yet if we do, morals would always be changing, since science is constantly changing with new discoveries. What then would we base our morals on, the latest scientific theory or the most influential leader on Earth?
For morality to be valid and binding on all, it must have some connection to objective essences (non-material realities) that are independent of individual or community constructions. If humanity is going to be moral, then we must come to the realization that morality is ultimately owed to One greater than the individual and community.
The objective nature of morality requires essence. Essences are immaterial and universal, so we can share them. With morality based in a Transcendent Source (a.k.a. God, who gave us the Ten Commandments), morals remains stable and something all people can anchor themselves to, which will help facilitate safer communities.
2. Why should we consider the claims of Christianity first, before any other worldview or religion?
If one knows something to be true, it’s best to start there. Why wade through a bunch of false teachings, just to finally end up, exhausted from the search, at the feet of Jesus? One might as well start there for one basic reason—the Resurrection.
Christianity is the only religion that is falsifiable. That means you can research it to figure out if the claims of Christianity are true historically. Other religions base their beliefs on “personal experiences,” like that of the Buddha in his “enlightenment experience,” or the Prophet Mohammed, in his “dream.” Yet Christianity is based on a historical person, Jesus Christ, who was murdered, rose from the dead, and then seen by hundreds of eye-witnesses, who later wrote about it to record this miraculous event in history…
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