- I am
doing the best I can and I'm sincere.
- Even if you could do far better
than you are doing now you still can't do well enough because
you don't please God by being good (Galatians 2:21), but by accepting
Jesus (1 John 1:12).
- Sincerity is not the way to heaven.
What if you are sincerely wrong? (Remember John 14:6?)
- If you are relying on your sincerity,
then are you saying that because you are sincere, therefore you
are good enough on your own to be with God." Don't you see, to
appeal to your sincerity is to appeal to pride, because you are
appealing to something that is in you and not God for your
reason to go to heaven. I am sorry, sincerity is not enough. You
must have faith, in Jesus.
- How long have you been doing your
best? Has it worked so far? Has it given you eternal life?
- I am
- Are you honestly looking for answers?
If you are, I would be very willing to talk with you more about
Jesus, the Bible, or whatever else you want to talk about.
- What are you skeptical about?
Perhaps we can talk about some of the things that you feel keeps
you from a saving knowledge of Jesus.
- I tried
- The Bible says that once you are
saved, you are never the same again, you are a new creature (2
Corinthians 5:17). If you have gone back to your old ways, then
most probably you were never saved. If, however, you were saved,
then God won't let you stay in rebellion for long. He will deal
with you in whatever way is necessary to bring you back into fellowship
- Did you become a Christian by
going to church or by asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins?
The latter makes you a Christian, the former doesn't.
- I knew
some Christians once and they wronged me.
- Christians aren't perfect. They
make mistakes like anyone else. I hope you can find it in your
heart to forgive them. I think that is what they would do for
- Maybe they didn't know they wronged
you. Was it something really bad or was it just a mistake? Have
you gone to them and spoken to them about it? Maybe if you were
to forgive them you would begin to understand the forgiveness
God has for you. We all need to be forgiven, don't you agree?
take my chances.
- With what, eternity? Eternity
is a long time to be wrong. Why would you want to take a gamble
on something as important as your eternal destiny. It takes only
a moment to trust Christ for your salvation. There will be an
eternity of pain and regret if you don't.
- You don't take chances with guns
do you? You don't take chances and run red lights do you? Why
would you take a chance on something that is far more important
than these? Don't take a chance on something eternal. It isn't
- Jesus said He was the only way
to God. He forgave sins, walked on water, calmed an ocean with
a command, raised people from the dead, and rose from the dead
Himself. No one else in all of history has done that. If He can
do all that, don't you think you should listen to Him?
- I am
not that bad a person.
- Whether or not you feel you are
bad or good is not the real issue. The Bible says that all have
sinned (Romans 3:23). If all have sinned, good or bad, then all
will suffer the judgment of God. God does not require someone
to be pretty good; He requires that he not sin at all. But He
knows that you cannot be sinless. That is why He gave His only
begotten Son that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish
but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
- The Bible says that our good works
are filthy rags before God (Isaiah 64:6). It isn't saying that
we might not try to be good, it is saying that whatever good we
do, it is not good enough. It also says that there is none who
does good (Romans 3:12). The standard God seeks is perfection.
We cannot please God on our own. That is why Jesus died on behalf
of sinners. If you want to be good enough, then you must let God
see you through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. That is the
only goodness that counts to God.
- I am
too old or too young.
- You are never to old to trust
in Jesus as your Savior. As long as you are alive you can call
on Him to forgive you of your sins. He is as close as the call
of your heart.
- (Granted there may be some who
are too young to understand the gospel message, but here we will
address those who simply use that as an excuse.) Youth is a blessing
from God. Don't use it as an excuse to stay away from Him. If
you can understand what sin is and your need for deliverance from
it, then you are not too young to receive Jesus as your Savior.
He saves everyone, young and old.
- I can't
believe in a God who would send people to hell.
- Hell was originally created for
Satan and his angels. In the future it will contain those who
join Satan in rejecting God. If you reject God's provision for
the forgiveness of your sins then you will join the Devil who
rejected God from the beginning. Is that what you want?
- Could you believe in a God who
would become a human, suffer at the hands of humans, and be killed
by them, all so that His death could be the payment for their
sins? That is extremely loving. God is saving people who deserve
to go to hell -- and we all deserve that. Remember that the same
God that sends people to hell also died for them. If they reject
what God has provided then what is God left to do? He would have
to judge them.
- Whether you believe in something
or not does not change the fact of its existence. Jesus spoke
often of hell (Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:47-48; Luke 16:19-31)
and warned us so we would not go there. Would you say Jesus didn't
know what He was talking about?
- Are you implying that it is unjust
for God to send people to hell? If so, then you accuse God of
injustice. Sin is wrong and it must be punished. What would you
have God do to those who oppose Him and do evil? Do you want Him
to ignore that which is wrong? Do you want Him to turn His head
and not be holy and righteous?
- I will
worry about it in the next life.
- That you may very well do, forever.
Eternity is a long time to be wrong, especially about Jesus.
- God has warned us in the Bible
that it is appointed for men to die once, then judgment (Hebrews
9:27). After death you will be judged. Do you want to face eternity
without the sacrifice of Jesus Christ accounted to you? God hates
sin and you have sinned. God will punish sinners if they reject
Jesus. However, He loves you. That is why He sent His Son to die
for sins. If you want eternal life, then you need to worry about
it now. Eternity is a long time to be wrong, especially about
- There is no next life. Reincarnation
isn't true. The Bible says after death you face God (Hebrews 9:27).
don't want to give up what I like doing.
- If you become a Christian, are
you saying you must stop doing what you're doing now. That means
you know it is wrong. Let me ask you something. If you were to
become a Christian and God were to live in your heart and you
looked back upon your life now, would you say to yourself, "I
did a lot of things I wish I hadn't done."? Probably so.
The Bible speaks about just such a
thing. In Romans 6:21 it says, "What
benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now
the outcome of those things is death" (NASB). What you are saying is
that God will
require you to give up certain things that you like to do. Since God
only wants what is
good and right, and you say you don't want to give up what your are
doing, then you
are saying you want what is wrong.
- Will you let your pleasures get in the way of salvation? Is your
life of sin worth an
eternity of pain? Jesus said, "What will it profit a man if he gains the
whole world but
loses his soul?" (Mark 8:36).