“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
1 Peter 3:15 NKJV
The Bible tells us to share the Good News about Jesus with others. But it does not tell us how they will respond. It would be great if they all immediately dropped to their knees and believed that Jesus died for their sins. But that’s not likely to happen.
What is likely to happen is that they will challenge us with statements or questions like these:
“I’m a good person. Why do I need to accept Jesus to get into heaven?”
“You believe what you want to believe, and I’ll believe what I want to believe.”
“Why would I want to have a personal relationship with a God who allows so much suffering in the world?”
“I can’t stand church people. They’re all hypocrites. Why would I want to become one?”
“How do you know you’re right? How do you know that Muslims or Hindus or Jews aren’t right?”
Folks, the best way to deal with those challenges is to prepare. We need to spend time thinking about questions or arguments people might have. Then we need to talk about these challenges with other believers and find answers in God’s Word. Finally, we need to pray for wisdom and clear thinking. Remember, when we prepare ourselves the best we can, God will do the rest.