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There are often disagreements about any given theological topic. Often they are a result of a bad understanding of more foundational doctrines and like a house with a bad foundation the roof will not fit properly. This is why I encourage you to begin our Christianity 101 course from the beginning.
Even then there can still be disagreements. We have put this list here of FAQ and objections raised by others related to this study. Often there may be verses we will explain in greater detail since as humans we sometimes read things into the scriptures that are not there without even knowing it. This can normally clear up any confusion.
There are however some objections that are common to every topic. These objections will normally be the first ones you will find in any of our objection pages to quickly put them to rest.
Study Specific Objections
First let me explain that this statement is incorrect in the first place. Since the beginning of the church there have been many things taught and often there have been opposing doctrines. To this day these same doctrines and oppositions still exist and we have come to the point of splitting into denominations rather than coming together to seek out the truth.
So when you make a statement like “This goes against what the church has always taught” you would have to make the claim that no one is a part of the church since we all have different beliefs in one thing or another. The church itself is made up of Christians and thus if any Christian teaches something then it is being taught by a part of the church.
This does not however mean all Christians are teaching what is true. There are false doctrines which have been believed for centuries along with the truth of scripture which has also been believed for centuries. So the church actually HAS taught this for centuries.
The argument that this goes against “orthodox” Christianity is another matter though. The term orthodox means: conforming to what is generally or traditionally accepted as right or true; established and approved.
Basically all that orthodox Christianity is would be a majority of Christians who hold the same view. Orthodox teachings are not always true either though since the majority can be (and often are) wrong. For example: The religious leaders in the time of Jesus would have been considered orthodox. Yet time and again Jesus showed their teaching to be incorrect.
Our test for what is or is not true should never come from majority opinion or the age of a teaching. If that was our test for anything else we would still be in the dark ages thinking that you could cure sickness by draining a person’s blood. Our test is scripture and scripture alone. Any teaching on what the scripture says is subject to the scriptures themselves.
So it doesn’t matter if it has been taught by people for centuries. If they were wrong then they were wrong. The word of God is always right though. And, we should know the word of God from the Bible itself rather than the commentary of someone else (even me) about the word. Teachers can guide you, but you must know that only the Bible itself is 100% correct 100% of the time.
No, not at all. Just because someone who is considered to be of high esteem says something different than a person of lower esteem it doesn’t mean the higher esteemed person is correct. This is not a matter of pride. It’s a matter of truth.
Jesus was also accused of being prideful since He acted and spoke as one with greater authority than others such as Moses. It wasn’t about pride though. It was about truth.
Why do I believe I understand the truth of these things? It’s not because I believe I am somehow greater than others. It is because I have read the Bible and come to a different understanding. An understanding that I believe is true based on the information given, not based on how highly I esteem myself to be.
There are many times I have been given links to other ministries which teach things against what I do. The funny thing about that is I often have already seen those articles and have included information on my own articles as to why they are incorrect.
So I find it both laughable and annoying when someone attempts to refute what I teach by showing me what someone else teaches which I have already proven to be incorrect.
The reason many people point to the teachings of others is because often they do not fully understand the subject well enough to defend it themselves. So they attempt to let others who “understand it better” do that for them.
What they do not realize however is that the reason they don’t have a full grasp on it is because the ones they point to as being great teachers do not have enough of a grasp on it either. Thus their students are left without understanding as well.
In fact, the same arguments the student would make are the very same ones their teacher will make. So if those arguments don’t hold water with the student then the teacher will also fail since they are saying the same thing. So do yourself a favor and don’t just pretend you aren’t smart enough to figure this out so you can simply ignore it while letting someone else who is “smarter” figure it out for you. Use your own brain.
Since when has majority opinion been proof of something being true? Majority opinion is only an endorsement from many people who may themselves be incorrect. The objection that no well known, specific group, or intelligent person believes something was also used against Jesus. They said “Have any of the scribes or Pharisees believed on Him?!”
So denial of something because of this comes from peer pressure and not truth.
A common theme of never ending debate is when one person uses a scripture that may say one thing, but then another person uses a different scripture which seems to give a different view. Normally what we tend to do is keep quoting our supporting scriptures.
But this leads us only into frustration. Instead we need to lay down our arsenal and learn how to use it properly. The Bible will not contradict itself. So if we see two opposing views we need to ask ourselves how they work together.
Is it possible one of us is reading something into the scriptures that it doesn’t actually say? Is it possible that other foundational doctrines we believe are not true and thus force us to read other scriptures in a way to attempt to fit them in? I have often found that a misreading of scripture can cause this. A little lesson in how to understand what we read may be in order. For this kind of information please see unit 1:7 in this course.
Atheists have many theories as to the beginning of the universe. There are theories of multiple universes existing at one time, a whole history of universes expanding and contracting, and a lot of others. But there is one thing NONE of those theories has been able to provide a solution to. None of those theories is able to provide an answer to what the first cause of the universe was.
They try to establish more time for things to have gotten to this point. But that doesn’t change the need for a causeless cause. They try to establish paradoxes, but despite a paradox being able to go in circles it has to have something to cause it’s existence. The chicken or the egg must by all logic have had a first chicken that didn’t come from an egg, or vise versa. This is the problem ALL atheists theories have and none have come close to solving.
The only logical theory is that there is something or someone that has always existed without the need to have been caused by something else. It must not be ruled by the laws of cause and effect. Since the universe is ruled by cause and effect that can tell us the universe itself is not self existing.
The reason this is not something that many people can grasp is because they are stuck in the loop. They are always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. They fall back on “Well then what created God?” But this once again is them thinking in the loop. Until they are able to come to the understanding that the loop itself must have an outside creator not ruled by cause and effect they will remain in a never ending search for the chicken or the egg. It’s like a dog chasing his tail.
Quantum mechanics is the study of things on such a small level that we are unable to properly measure it. Thus we are left with uncertainty as to what can or will happen. Things appear to occur at random and without a cause. But the problem is that the reason we see these things as random is because we can not measure them. If a car were going to run into a wall in the future but I wasn’t given information on how fast it was going or where it began the crash would appear to be at random. I wouldn’t know when it was going to happen. This isn’t because there was no cause for the wreck. It is simply because I lacked the information to properly anticipate it.
This is the reality of quantum mechanics. Things on such a small scale appear to be at random simply because we don’t have all of the information. So while it may appear there is a realm of physics that don’t rely on cause and effect it only appears that way due to our inability to measure things at such a small level. So no, quantum mechanics do not remove the need for a God.
In fact, the irony is that quantum mechanics (if truly random) would only validate the possibility of a God that is eternal. So if random things do happen on a quantum level then it only gives more reason to accept the possibility of an eternal causeless cause known as God. It’s ironic because no matter what you think about quantum mechanics (reality being random or not) it still doesn’t change the fact that God must exist. Because even quantum mechanics requires time and energy. So random or not, even quantum mechanics requires someone there to wind up the watch so to speak.
I’ve heard people say that Christians made up God because they can’t handle not having an answer to how we got here. On the surface the idea that it’s ok to not know something seems reasonable. But not when it’s willful ignorance.
Often, the atheist will ask for proof. Or they will say that some form of experimentation is needed to prove there is a God. Without that they will not believe. Again, it seems reasonable. But, not when you ignore the proof.
I’ve heard it said that science is mans best guess. Our experiments and experiences tell us certain things are true or not. What goes up always comes down. It has been proven over and over. An object at rest will stay at rest until another force is applied to it.
We easily accept these things as facts. We don’t search for another possible answer because we don’t need to. If one comes up then sure, we will go with it. But why fix something that isn’t broken? This is science. This is our best guess being accepted as fact.
Now, if I show you a candle burning would your best guess be that it has always been burning forever? If you see a race car on a circular track has it been racing forever? We don’t believe these things because all of the science says it’s not possible. The car can’t run forever with a limited amount of fuel. The same goes with the candle. The same thing applies to the universe.
All of our observations show a universe that is ruled by cause and effect. Therefore scientifically our best guess would have to be that it had a beginning cause. Naturally the next question would have to be “What began the beginning?” Scientifically, there is no guess that works except one. There must be something that is not ruled by cause and effect or time. This is the best guess you can get.
Now, with that said I want to turn our attention to the issue of willful ignorance. We accept gravity because it has been proven time and again. We don’t jump off of a cliff because of it. But when it comes to the only best guess ever given for the creation of the universe there are people who refuse to accept it. Time and again we have proven there must be an outside force that is eternal which created the universe. All our observations point to this. But this one best guess is not acceptable by many.
And so the real problem is exposed. It’s ok to not know something. But it’s not ok to ignore something. What are the consequences of ignoring our observations of gravity? SPLAT! It’s not ok to not know about gravity. What are the consequences of ignoring our observations that point only to a God? Much worse. So no, it’s not ok to not know something when it’s right in front of your face. It’s willful ignorance. That’s not good science.
This study has been only for the purpose of showing there is evidence for a God. There are those who claim there is no God not based on intellectual reasons, but on emotional ones. Some feel hurt and thing surely a God would do something else. Some are proud and believe they are better than God. But these objections to God are not things that remove God as being a possible solution to creation. These objections are focused on the denial of a certain TYPE of God. For those I suggest you continue reading this course or take a look at the link Answering Skeptics.