One of the most important skills that an apologist must learn is the art of asking questions. Below is a list of important questions that are worth to think about when engaging an unbelieving worldview.
These questions are originally posted in This Is Apologetics: 30 Questions for Non-Christians by Joel Settecase. These questions will surely make an unbeliever think and even consider (hopefully and prayerfully) his dearly loved presuppositions, way of thinking and view in life that are against his Creator.
These questions will show that without God life, human experience, science, logic and everything won’t make sense.
Joel says that through these questions we can help …someone to see where their non-biblical worldview has inconsistencies (and therefore potentially helping them come closer to abandoning it and move toward faith in Jesus)… and doing that …is one of the most loving things we can do.
So, here are the questions…
- Are you certain that God does not exist, or that you can’t know whether He exists?
- How do you know that?
- Did you use your five senses to come to that decision?
- Given that God is by definition a Spirit, how much sense does it make to decide whether He exists using your five physical senses?
- Did you use your reasoning to determine God does not exist?
- How do you know your reasoning is working correctly?
- Did you use your reasoning to determine your reasoning was working?
- Do you see the problem with that?
- The Bible says that skepticism about God is the result of a mind suppressing what it knows to be true. Have you ever tried doubting your doubts about God?
- The Bible contains hundreds prophecies fulfilled hundreds of years after they were written. How would that be possible without God?
- The Bible says that objective moral values are based in God’s morally perfect nature. Without God, what do you think they are based in?
- Jesus’ disciples went from being terrified of death, to being willing to die for their belief that Jesus rose from the dead. If Jesus didn’t rise, what do you think changed their mind?
- There are hundreds of varieties of unbelief. How do you know yours is the right one?
- Archaeology is constantly confirming the details of the accounts in the Bible. Why do you think that is, if the Bible isn’t true?
- There is more evidence that Jesus Christ lived, died and came back to life than for just about any other event in ancient history. If God did not exist, or Jesus’ claims to be God were not true, then how would you explain his resurrection?
- What do you think makes so many Christians able to live radically different lives from the way they used to live prior to becoming Christians–even to the point of forgiving their abusers for terrible crimes?
- One of the most basic principles of philosophy, confirmed by science* is ex nihilo nihil fit (“out of nothing, nothing comes”). Without God, how do you think everything came into being?
- The Bible says that we were created to live forever, and that death is an unnatural enemy, brought about by sin. If you are a naturalist who believes death is simply part of life, how do you explain why we feel like we ought to live forever, and why pain and death feel so unnatural and wrong to just about everyone?
- If your brain is merely the unplanned result of evolution by natural selection, aimed at survival and nothing else, what makes you think you can trust your reasoning to discover the truth, rather than just whichever belief is best for survival?
- If no God, why would anything objectively matter?
- If no God, why is there so much good in the world?
- If no God, how did our DNA get programmed with such incredibly complex language and instructions?
- Is everything in the universe really just matter and energy?
- If you just thought, “Yes,” was that thought made of matter and energy?
- The Bible says every good and perfect gift is from the Father above (i.e. God). To whom are you grateful for the good things in your life?
- Where do you think the laws of logic come from?
- Are the laws of logic made of matter and energy?
- What evidence would actually convince you that Jesus Christ is God, the Lord, and the only Savior?
- How much do you know about the heart of the Christian message, AKA the “Gospel” or good news?
- Are you ready to learn more about Jesus? Start here with the Gospel of John.
Do the questions above make you think and challenge your non-theistic worldview? Re-examine your life and philosophy, and let it submit to the LORDship of Christ.
SOLI DEO GLORIA!
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3 thoughts on “30 Important Questions”
This a great list. Thanks for sharing it.
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It’s a combination of presupp and evidential apologetics. Am I right?
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