Have you ever been asked a question that you didn’t know how to answer? I’m not talking about comic-book or movie trivia, but specifically questions about Christianity. If you are a Christian in the information age, I can guarantee that all of us, especially if we are serious about sharing our faith, have been challenged with a question about the Christian faith: “What makes you think you’re right and all other religions are wrong?”; “Don’t you just think that what is true for you might not be true for someone else?”; “If God is a ‘loving father,’ then why is there evil?”; “In the era of scientific progression, how can you still believe in God?”, I’m sure you could add your own questions to this constantly growing list of objections.
In addition to the pointed questions about God and the human experience, there are some questions that appear to have no bearing on the Christian faith, but have devastating consequences for evangelism if answered incorrectly. For instance, when we were speaking at an event, I asked some of the young people that were present “Do you ever hear objections to your faith in school?” they shook their heads, no. Then I asked “Have you ever been told that truth is relative?” to which they responded, “Oh, yeah all the time.”
This question of truth, and how one answers it, is an example of a question that can greatly influence the effectiveness of any evangelistic conversation. If you answer the question “Is truth subjective?” with a “yes” then any Christian claims that follow, like Jesus died for your sins or Trust in Jesus for eternal life, will be undermined with the standard subjective answer “That may be true for you, but its not true for me.” Indeed, it is a lie, that many Christians believe, that in doing evangelism they do not need to respond to objections.
Imagine if instead the conversation went something like this:
Non-Christian: “Hey don’t you think that truth is relative?”
Christian: “What do you mean?”
Non-Christian: “Like, you know, what is true for you may not necessarily be true for me?”
Christian: “Is that true for you but not for me?”
Non-Christian: “Well, now that you mention it, I guess that doesn’t make much sense. So, what do you think Truth is?”
At this year’s Christian Music Day, Southern Evangelical Seminary will be a premier sponsor at the event and bringing several Christian apologists to answer questions in between performances from Toby Mac, Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, and many more. Make sure to stop by the SES booth for free evangelism-training resources, ebooks, a special promotional code for Christian Music Day attendees for the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, and much more! SES and Christian Music Day invite you to come and enjoy some roller coasters, music, great discussion, and preparing yourself to give an answer for the hope that you have, with love and respect.