5 MORE Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer
by Alisa Childers
In a previous post, I addressed 5 Apologetics Questions Every Christian Should Learn How to Answer. My goal was to offer “barebones” quick responses that Christians could easily remember and articulate. Here are 5 more questions I think every Christian needs to be aware of and have the ability to answer.
Although Jesus didn’t stand up on a mountain and proclaim the words, “I am God!” there is no doubt that He did claim to be God while on earth. In fact, He did just that three times:
Mark 14:61-62: After His arrest when He stood trial before the Jewish court, Jesus was asked point blank if He was the Messiah. He answered, “I am,” and went on to connect Himself to a prophecy about the “Son of Man” in the book of Daniel. The high priest understood this as a claim to deity and tore his robes while calling for Jesus’ execution.
John 10:30: Another time when the Jews asked Jesus if He was the Messiah, He told them the Father is greater than all and then He said, “I and the Father are one.” Immediately, they picked up stones to execute Him for blasphemy.
John 8:58: This is Jesus’ most explicit claim to deity. One day, some Judeans asked Jesus, “Who do you think you are?” He answered: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” In this verse, Jesus wasn’t just claiming to be God, but He was also claiming to be the actual God of the Old Testament: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exodus 3:14).
For the Jews to whom Jesus was talking, it was clear that He was claiming to be God. According to Jewish law, blasphemy was punishable by death—and all three times, they tried to have Him executed. In John 10:33 they said outright: “You, a mere man, claim to be God!”
2. Did God command the Israelites to commit genocide?
For many people, one of the most troubling Bible passages is when God commanded Israel to kill every living thing in the Canaanite land (Deuteronomy 20:16-18). Because of this, many skeptics have accused Yahweh of “divine genocide.”
Genocide is defined as killing a large group of people because of their race, religion, or nationality. In the case of the Canaanites, they weren’t killed because of their race….they were executed as a decree of God’s righteous judgment because of their unrepentant and horrific sin. (The barbarity and wickedness of the Canaanite culture is documented here. Warning: it’s graphic.)
As further proof that it wasn’t about race, it should be noted that God later executed the same judgment on His own people for the same sin.
In His mercy, God sent prophets to warn the Canaanites to repent of their heinous deeds, and gave them hundreds of years to turn to Him—yet they refused to listen.
The Canaanite conquest wasn’t genocide—it was capital punishment…
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