“Wouldn’t You Be a Hindu if You Were Born in India?” How to Answer this Hard Question
by Chase Krug
If you grew up in Ancient Greece, you’d believe in Zeus.
If you grew up in Ancient Egypt, you’d worship the Nile.
If you grew up in modern day India, you’d be a Hindu.
The only reason you’re a Christian is because you grew up in America. Your beliefs are nothing more than the product of your culture.
The first time I heard this argument, I didn’t know how to respond. It seemed so persuasive. After all, as far as statistics go, it’s difficult to argue that I’d be a Christian if I were born in India (Less than 6% of the population of India is Christian).
I began to ask questions. Was my faith merely the product of cultural conditioning? If it was, should I abandon it?
How We Can Begin Engaging Difficult Questions
Unfortunately, objections like these have unnecessarily derailed the faith of many Christians. Others, stumped by the argument, ignore it altogether and promptly dismiss it without any meaningful consideration (i.e. “Well that’s just silly!”).
I want to offer some insight as to how a Christian can more effectively think about and engage this question…