How Would You Respond to This?
by Timothy Fox
Once people discover that you’re a Christian thinker, they often start coming to you with all of the objections they hear:
“The Bible is hopelessly corrupt.”
“Jesus never existed.”
“Science disproves God.”
Your friends will offer you the objections and ask, “How would you respond to this?” And here is what I always say: “I wouldn’t.” I never respond to objections.
But wait, aren’t I an apologist? Isn’t it my responsibility to provide an answer to people’s objections? Not necessarily. Let me explain.
Offense and Defense
The same way that a football team has an offensive line and a defensive line, apologetics can be divided into offense – giving arguments for the truthfulness of Christianity – and defense – responding to objections against Christianity. So, when someone raises an objection to Christianity, they are trying to put you on defense. And while arguing against other religions and worldviews does take a lot of study, defensive apologetics is a whole lot easier. Here’s why: It isn’t your job to respond to a skeptic’s objection. It’s the skeptic’s job to defend the objection. So in reality, you aren’t on defense, the skeptic is!
Let’s look back at the objections above and ask some simple questions to deflate them…