Understanding Why Many Non-Christians Hate the Bible

By Michael Brown

Many Christians read the Quran (or, at least select quotes from the Quran) with abhorrence. “The God of the Quran is bloodthirsty and cruel!” they exclaim. But many non-Christians read the Bible with the same abhorrence. They come to the same conclusions about the God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament. Is there any justification to their conclusions? And how is it that Christians can read the same Book and see it so differently?

What Do Critics Say?

Critics would point to things like these in the Old Testament:

  • God destroyed the entire world, save just 8 people, with a flood.
  • God tested Abraham by telling him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice.
  • God gave the Israelites a law that they could purchase slaves from other nations.
  • God gave the Israelites a law that a man who raped a woman was required to marry her and never divorce her.
  • Moses told the Israelites that they should kill every man, woman, and child among the Canaanites.
  • Moses gave the Israelite men permission on one occasion to spare all the virgin women for themselves but to kill everyone else.
  • The psalmist said that those who smash Babylon’s babies on the rocks would be truly happy.
  • In the New Testament, critics would object to the frequent talk about the judgment of hell fire along with the concept that Jesus was the only way to God, among other issues.

How, then, can Christians so highly prize a Book like this? How can they find it to be the epitome of love, compassion, kindness, justice, liberation, and truth?

There is more at: https://stream.org/understanding-why-many-non-christians-hate-the-bible/

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7 Evidences We Might Be Stuck In The Christian Bubble

It’s a problem for many of us. In fact, I contend that for most of us, the longer we’re in church and the higher we go up the Christian ladder, the more likely it is that we’re stuck in the Christian bubble. Beginning with me, we need to recognize some of the signs that we’ve insulated ourselves from a world we’re called to reach:

  1. Most of our prayers are about Christians, not non-believers. For some of us, all of our prayers are focused on brothers and sisters in Christ. And, even as we pray for those believers, we focus more on their physical needs than their spiritual needs. I fear we simply don’t think much about others and their walk with God.
  2. We can’t name five non-believers with whom we have a genuine relationship. I don’t mean superficial friendships; rather, I’m talking about real relationships built on God’s love that compels us to tell others about Jesus. The number “5” is arbitrary, of course, but I trust you get my point.
  3. We try our best to avoid any interaction with the world. I realize that’s almost impossible to do, and I grant there are good reasons not to put ourselves under ungodly influences—but some of us work so hard to escape non-believers that we offer no threat to the Enemy.

Read more: http://chucklawless.com/2019/07/7-evidences-you-might-be-stuck-in-the-christian-bubble/

If Your Local Church Disappeared Would You Notice?

http://www.mikeleake.net/2019/07/if-your-local-church-disappeared-would-you-notice.html

What I Wish I Knew Sixteen Years Ago About Sharing The Good News With Mormons

https://straighttalkwithclaudiak.com/what-i-wish-i-knew-sixteen-years-ago-about-sharing-the-good-news-with-mormons/

Pre-Evangelism

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Many people who reject Christianity are actually rejecting a distortion of the faith. From his series Defending Your Faith, R.C. Sproul explains why we must correct wrong assumptions about what we believe.

The Parable of Sower and Frank Turek on Why People Reject God

https://chab123.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/the-parable-of-sower-and-frank-turek-on-why-people-reject-god/

Why Attentive Listening Is Essential for the Witness of the Church Today

“In our minds holiness is usually about what we abstain from. But Jesus saw holiness as what you give yourself to. Namely mercy, love and hospitality. In the end, the holiest person is the one who loves well.” —Rich Villodas

Holiness Begins Not With Abstinence But Sharing in Christ.

We habitually associate holiness with the act of abstinence. After all, holiness in the Scripture is linked to avoiding things that can contaminate our body and spirit (Lev. 11:44; 2 Cor. 7:1).

But holiness is first and foremost an attribute of God. “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16, Lev. 11:44-45) is not God’s demand for us to practice an outward imitation as morally superior people; it is a statement of who we are in Christ as a result of our union with him.

Our holiness does not originate from an act of abstinence, it begins with the act of sharing. We share in Christ and partake of him (Heb. 3:14, 2 Pet. 1:4). Holiness starts from us sharing God’s holiness (Heb. 12:10). It is not a bunch of “do-not”s that resembles the foolish list of “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”(Col. 2:21). It is no surprise John Wesley defined holiness as “perfect love” while J.C. Ryle described holiness as “the habit of being of one mind with God”—both indicate a type of unity and harmony with God.

The rest is at: https://outreachmagazine.com/features/discipleship/37155-why-attentive-listening-is-essential-for-the-witness-of-the-church-today.html