The apostle Peter advised, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Are you prepared? Why do you believe that the Bible is true and that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior? Personal testimonies are influential in revealing the reason for your faith; yet, do you have enough knowledge to answer questions like, “Who chose the books to form the Bible? Why does the Catholic Bible have more books than the Protestant Bible? If corrupt people ran the church, why do you trust their judgment?”
I’ve been praying for a friend to receive Jesus as Savior, and one day he surprisingly asked me those questions. While I believe the Holy Spirit gives believers the words to say because Jesus told His disciples that (Matthew 10:19-20), I’m disappointed that I stumbled over my words and couldn’t answer some questions. I understand that no one has all the answers and that the Holy Spirit is instrumental in one’s faith. Yet, I was caught off-guard and became aware that I needed to investigate those topics. Do you recall the historical details of how all the books of the Bible were united into one?
Perhaps people of faith should occasionally review the answers to possible questions from unbelievers. If the answers are unknown, then we ask our Christian friends or pastor. We can also web-search various reliable sources.
How would you answer or respond to the following questions and statements:
• What people were involved in forming the Bible?
• Why do you believe the Bible’s contents? How do you know that editing over the centuries hasn’t corrupted the original writing?
• God loves everyone. I’m a good person.
• Why do you think that your belief is correct and everyone else who believes differently is wrong?
• Christians are haters. Christianity is racist and intolerant; Christians must serve every person in every situation, no matter who they are or what they do.
• The Bible says not to judge others.
• Christians should enable the illegals because the Bible says to help the alien.
• Some Christian pastors are blessing abortions; why won’t you?
I’m sure you’ve heard some of those statements and questions. They’re great for discussion in small Bible study groups. Getting our answers from the Bible (in its proper context) identifies erroneous viewpoints. Are you aware that many passages of the Bible clarify other verses?
Anti-Christianity is skyrocketing, and secular mindsets are dictating new laws like infanticide. Are you prepared to stand firm, defend your faith, and work toward justice for the helpless? Are you able to explain the Bible, like the apostle Philip did with the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39)? Can you give a short spontaneous testimony of the reason for your hope in this world?
Let’s do our best to be an effective witness for the Lord Jesus Christ and be willing to be the tool God uses in His kingdom. Don’t forget to “do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
Furthermore, never give up praying for God to give your family, friends, and acquaintances saving faith. One day, they may unexpectedly ask you some probing questions.