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"My god would never send anyone to hell"
Possible Response: "Do you realize that you are breaking the Second of the Ten Commandments by saying that? You have made a god to suit yourself. Your god would never send anyone to Hell, because he couldn't. He doesn't exist. He's a figment of your imagination. You have made a god you feel comfortable with. I did the same for many years before I became a Christian. You believe that because the god you have conceived in your mind has a low standard of morality. Did you know that the God of the Bible - the God you have to face on the Day of Judgment - commands you to be perfect? He is perfect, and He will judge you with a perfect Law that demands perfection.

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 I'm basically a good person."

If you can get your audience to admit that they have broken the moral law (ever lied, stolen, etc.) then they will be forced to realize that they are a lawbreaker. Or, if they say they used to break the law but no longer do, mention to them that time doesn't forgive sin. If a man commits sin on Monday, but on Tuesday he is kind to others, he is still a murderer. If a man lies and steals, unless he comes to the Savior, his sins remain with him until he stands before God in Judgment. See also "
How good is good enough?" and "Are you good enough to go to Heaven?"  never

 

 "God made me like this. Sin is His fault!"
If this won't work in a civil court, it certainly won't work on Judgment Day. Even with today's crafty defense lawyers, it would take a rather moronic judge to fall for the old "God made me do it" defense. We are responsible moral agents. The "buck" stopped at Adam. He tried to blame both God and Eve for his sin, and it didn't work.

 

 

"God is all loving. He would never send me to Hell."
Possible Response: "Friend, God is not all loving. The Bible doesn't say he is 'all loving', It says that God is love. He's not a slave to love. The Bible sees that He's also just, holy and righteous. When people say that God is all-loving, they are implying that God is so loving that He wouldn't send people to Hell. Let me ask you a question. If a man sexually abused children, tortured them, cut their throats and said that he would do it again if he had half a chance, should a judge punish him? Of course he should. If the judge is a loving man, wouldn't he still punish that wicked person? Of course, and God will punish all wicked men, even though He is 'love.'

 

"Don't judge me! The Bible even says 'Judge not lest ye be judged."
The world often takes this verse (out of its context) and uses it to accuse Christians of being "judgmental" when they speak of sin. In the context of the verse Jesus is telling His disciples not to judge one another, something the Bible condemns (see John 21:21-23, Romans 14:10, and James 4:11). He speaks of seeing a speck in a brother's eye. In John 7:24 He said, "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment." If a man steals, lies, commits adultery or murder, etc., the Christian can make a (righteous) moral judgment and say that the actions were morally wrong, and that these sins will have eternal consequences. Chuck Colson said: "True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It's knowing what should be tolerated - and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn't."

 

"I was once a 'born-again' Christian. Now I believe it's all rubbish!"
Simply ask him the question, "Did you know the Lord?" If he answers, "I thought I did," gently say, "So you didn't. You had a false conversion. You were a stony-ground hearer who received the word with joy and gladness, but in a time of tribulation, temptation and persecution, fell away." If he answers the question with "Yes," gently say, "So you admit that He is real and that you are in rebellion to His will."

 

"Yup, I've broken every one of the Ten Commandments."
Do not take this statement to mean that the person has seen the gravity of their sinful state before God. It is often used as a way of throwing off conviction. Pharaoh said that he had sinned, but his repentance was superficial. Say to him, "Well let's take the time to go through them one by one and see if you have."

 

"God can't forgive me. I've sinned too much!"
Nobody is too big a sinner. The love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus is capable of cleansing the worst of all sin. Even Hitler could have been saved if he would have turned to Christ. You have sinned the same as anyone else. It is just that your sins are yours. They aren't too big for God to wipe away. Sin has no power over God, only over you. Let me ask you something. Do you think murder and adultery are serious sins? Yes? Well, David, a man in the Bible who was called by God a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22), was a murderer and an adulterer. He even tried to hide his sin from everyone. But God knew his sins and exposed them. David repented and threw himself on the mercy of the Lord. God forgave him and loved him. God loves you and He will forgive you if you put your trust in Jesus and ask Him to forgive you of your sins (
Rom. 10:9-10).

 

         "Morality is relative" or "There are no absolutes!"
An example conversation:
Larry: "I heard you say that pornography is wrong. I disagree."
Christian: "Why's that?"
Larry: "There's nothing wrong with it."
Christian: "Do you think child pornography is right or wrong?"
Larry: It's wrong."
Christian: "So you have drawn a moral line between what you think is right and what you think is wrong. At what age then does child pornography become respectable pornography? Is it when the child turns 14, 15, 16, 17 years old?"
Larry: "16."
Christian: "Can't you see what you are doing? You are judging whether something is morally acceptable by when it gives you pleasure."
Larry: "But . . ."
Christian: "God gave you a conscience. You know right from wrong. Isn't that true?"
Larry: "No."
Christian: "So if someone steals your wallet you don't mind because you have no idea what's right and what's wrong?"
Larry: "Okay. So I know right from wrong."
Christian: "You are like a man who has removed the batteries from his smoke detector because he doesn't want it to alarm him. Listen to your conscience. It is trying to warn you of danger. If you don't repent and trust the Savior you will end up in Hell. On Judgment Day you will be without excuse. Jesus said, 'Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her, has committed adultery already with her in his heart. You are in big trouble."

Those who say that that there are no absolutes are often very adamant about their belief. If they say that they are absolutely sure, then they are wrong because their own statement is an absolute statement. If they are not 100% sure, then there is a chance that they are wrong and they are risking their eternal salvation by trusting in a belief that could be wrong.

 
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