Defending Your Faith

Unleashing Your Faith
Final Exam
Discussing Truth
Christian Convictions
What is the main Biblical
verse that we have been
using in this study?
1 Peter 3:15-16
Unleashing Your Faith
Why do we engage in
To stop the mouths of Unbelievers
As a platform for evangelism
To “Put a Stone in their shoe”
What is the purpose of
“trying on” your opponent’s
To show that it leads to either
absurdity or inconsistency.
What was Abraham Lincoln’s
advice about how to convince
people about something?
“When I’m trying to convince
someone about something, I
spend 2/3 of my time
listening and 1/3 talking.”
What are the 3 areas where we
say: “Without the Christian
God, we can’t explain these?”
“The Bible is full of myths and
errors and contradictions. Why
would any intelligent person use
it to guide his or her life?”
What do you mean by the term
contradiction? Can you give me a
couple of examples?
What is the one question we
should focus on when
debating abortion?
“What is it?”
What does the acronym
S.L.E.D. stand for?
Level of development
Degree of dependency
True or False: Your goal in an
apologetic encounter is to win
the argument?
What is the TAKE OFF THE
ROOF tactic?
Trying on a person’s worldview
and following it to conclusion
to point out absurdities.
What is the Biblical definition
of “Eternal Life” and where is
it found in the Bible?
To know the only true God
and Jesus Christ whom He
has sent [John 17:3]
What is the Jehovah’s Witness
definition of “Eternal Life”?
To know about God and Jesus
Christ, so studying the Bible
constantly is part of salvation
Which trinitarian heresy is
found in Oneness
Modalism – God manifests
Himself in history as 3
different persons, but not all
at the same time.
Does Jesus Christ have one
will or two wills? Why does it
Two - He has to be fully
human (with a human will) to
and fully God (with a Godly
will) to satisfy God’s wrath
and be our perfect substitute.
Which trinitarian heresy is
found in Jehovah’s Witness
Arianism – the Son has not
eternally existed.
What are the 3 key skills to
being an ambassador for
Jesus Christ?
Knowledge, Wisdom, and
How do you respond to a
person who knocks on
your door and invites you
to their Kingdom Hall?
Ask them why you should.
What would be your goal in responding?
What questions would you ask to lead you to that goal?
What are some anticipated answers to your questions?
How would you respond?
If you were confronted with the attack below, what would
your defensive strategy be?
“It always amazes me how many times [the God of the Bible] orders the killing of
innocent people even after the Ten Commandments said “Thou shall not kill”.
Just about every other page in the Old Testament has God killing somebody!
In 2 Kings 10:18-27, God orders the murder of all the worshipers of a different
god in their very own church!
For example, God kills 70,000 innocent people because David ordered a census of
the people (1 Chronicles 21). God also orders the destruction of 60 cities so that
the Israelites can live there. He orders the killing of all the men, women, and
children of each city, and the looting of all of value (Deuteronomy 3). He orders
another attack and the killing of “all the living creatures of the city: men and
women, young, and old, as well as oxen sheep, and asses” (Joshua 6)…
In total God kills 371,186 people directly and orders another 1,862,265 people
Attack #1
If you were confronted with the attack below, what would
your defensive strategy be?
“Hell…is perhaps the most despicable and hideous of all of the Christian God’s
crimes. Indeed, the cruelest of all concentration camps. (Certainly far worse
than the ones created by the Nazis.) Described biblically as the “lake of fire”, “the
place of eternal torment with weeping and gnashing of teeth” Jesus said in Mark
9:42-48 That it is better to commit suicide or self maiming then to be delivered
unto hell…
Most Christians have responded to this statement with the following
rationalization. “God can not let all of his creations into heaven because he is
just.” I ask in rebuttal to this, since when is justice more important than love in
the heart of a parent [since God is a parent of all people]?
Is hell even justice, or is it simply cruel and unusual punishment? The bible
states the system of justice very simply. “Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you.” There is also another variation of that system with the biblical
verse “eye for an eye”. The Christian God violates his own system of law when he
[condemns] his creations to eternal suffering for sins as menial as theft or
blasphemy. I hardly think, nor would any logical person, that throwing someone
into a gnashing jaw would be justly befitting of nearly any crime. (With the
exception of murder, and even so, eternal punishment is pretty excessive.)
Attack #2
If you were confronted with the attack below, what would
your defensive strategy be?
“These questions are based on my understanding of Christianity.
We will be judged on our belief in Yahweh and his son Jesus. If we are
found wanting we will be tortured for all of eternity. Countless humans
have gone through life without ever hearing about them. Countless
other humans have only heard about them as part of some hostile
religion that threatened their way of life. With so much riding on our
beliefs, how is it that knowledge of Yahweh and Jesus is left to word of
mouth? Why are those mouths so often corrupt, such as pedophile
priests, closet gay evangelicals or money hungry profiteers?
Yahweh is supposed to be the creator of the universe. Infinite power is
his alone. How is it that all humans are not born with his name on their
lips? If life is a test then most people throughout history have failed.
This is infinite wisdom? Must he threaten us? Isn't that more human
than divine?”
Attack #3
Set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts
and always be ready
to give an answer
to anyone who asks
about the hope you possess,
yet do it with courtesy and respect…
1 Pet 3:15-16
Defending Your Faith
How do you respond to a
person who knocks on
your door and invites you
to their Kingdom Hall?
Ask them why you should.
Defending Your Faith
What is the main motivation
for using a presuppositional
We don’t allow the unbeliever
to sit in judgment over God.
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