What Abouts – Answers to Tough Questions

Over the years I have been asked many questions about the truth claims of the Christian faith.  Though I have spoken to people from many different ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds, many of the same questions come up time and time again.  This page is to help answer some of those questions. I did not write these.  I found much smarter people who already did.  The current list of issues is below, though not all have been answered yet.  Subscribe to the blog if you are interested in receiving updates on these questions as they are posted. To suggest a question to be added, please contact me at  dan@yoursoulmatters.org. This is a work in progress, so come back and check in often.  Thanks!

NOTE:  The CONTENT SECTIONS links were are lost, and are being repaired.  Just scroll down for more content.  Thanks!!

CONTENT SECTIONS:
About God
About the Bible
About Jesus
About Salvation
About Religions
About Morality
About Social Issues
About Science

MY GO -TO CHRISTIAN SITES WHEN I HAVE QUESTIONS:
Living Waters (Ray Comfort, Evangelism)

Stand to Reason (Greg Koukl, General Apologetics and Apologetic Tactics)

Answers in Genesis (Creation)

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM, General Apologetics)

Grace to You (John MacArthur, General Theology)

The White Horse Inn (General Theology)

Desiring God (John Piper, General Theology)

Ligonier Ministries (R. C. Sproul, General/Reformed Theology)

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (General Theology and Philosophy)

Alpha and Omega Ministries (James White, General Apologetics and Reformed Theology)

Apologia Studios (General Apologetics, Reformed Theology)

Cannon Fodder (Michael Kruger, New Testament Origins)

Institute for Creation Research (Creation)

Apologetics Index (General Apologetics)

Creation Ministries International (Creation)

Monergism.com (General Theology and Apologetics)

The Bible Project (Video Intros to Bible Books and Themes)

ABOUT GOD

HOW DO YOU KNOW GOD EXISTS?
What is the Best Argument for the Existence of God? – Short Video from Jason Lisle


The Great Debate: Does God Exist? – Debate between Greg Bahnsen and Gordon Stein

How can I know if God exists or not? – CARM Article

Knowing God Exists – Ken Ham/Answers in Genesis PDF


WHERE DID GOD COME FROM?
Where Did God Come From? – CARM Video

Where Did God Come From? – Answers in Genesis Video (3 parts here)

Where Did God Come From? – CARM Article

Who Created God? – Stand to Reason Article

Who Created God? – ChristianAnswers.net Article


WHAT ABOUT THE TRINITY?

David Platt on the Trinity

The Forgotten Trinity – James White Video


YOU CAN’T KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD.  IT’S JUST A MATTER OF PERSONAL OPINION
How Can I Know if God Exists or Not – CARM Article

Faith and Wishing – Stand to Reason Article

Is there Truth and Can We Know It – Stand to Reason Article


GOD IS LOVE, SO HE WILL NEVER CONDEMN ANYONE
Can an All-Loving God Send People to An Eternal Hell? – Living Waters Video

Loving God Would Never Send Anyone to Hell – CARM Article

Why Would A Loving God Create A Place Like Hell? – Stand to Reason Article

Will A Loving God Really Condemn People to Hell? – Article by J.I.Packer

How Could a Loving God Send Someone to Hell? – Albert Mohler Sermon

How Does It Glorify God to Predestine People to Hell? – John Piper Video

Why Does God Create People He Knows Will Go to Hell? – CARM Article


GOD IS EVIL AND NOT WORTH WORSHIPING
Your God is a Monster – Stand to Reason Video

 Your God Isn’t Moral – Stand to Reason Article

Does God Owe His Creation Anything? – Stand to Reason Video

What made it OK for God to kill women and children in the Old Testament? – John Piper Video

Can God Kill the Innocent? – Stand to Reason Article

Why Did God Command the Children of Israel to Kill Every Man, Woman, and Child in the Promised Land? – Ligonier Article


ABOUT THE JUSTICE OF GOD
You Are On a Collision Course with a God of Justice  – Short video from Tim Conway

The Justice of God – short article from RC Sproul

The Justice of God – short article from Billy Graham

The Demands of Justice – short article by Tim Challies

Holiness and Justice – 30 minute  video from RC Sproul


IF GOD CREATED EVERYTHING, DOES THAT MEAN HE CREATED EVIL?
Who is Responsible for Evil? – Ravi Zacharias Video

Why Does Evil Exist? – John Piper Video

A Good Reason for Evil – Greg Koukl Article

Is God Responsible for Evil? – Grace to You Article


HOW CAN A GOOD GOOD ALLOW EVIL AND SUFFERING?
How Can a Good God Allow Evil? Does Life Have Meaning? – Ravi Zacharias Video

How Could a Loving God…..  – Answers in Genesis Article

Why does God Allow Natural Disasters – Stand to Reason Video

Can God Kill the Innocent? – Stand to Reason Article

Why Does Creation Include Suffering? – Answers in Genesis Article

Why Is There Evil and Suffering? – CARM Article

If God is All Powerful and Loving Why is There Suffering in the World? CARM Article

How Can I Believe in God and Pain? – RZIM Article


WHY DO CHRISTIANS SUFFER?
God’s Goodness in Your Pain – John Piper, David Platt, Matt Chandler Video

Five Truths About Christian Suffering – Desiring God Article

Suffering For The Sake Of – Joni Eareckson Tada Video

A Personal Interview with R. C. Sproul Jr. about Suffering and God’s Sovereignty – Gospel Coalition Video


WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU ARE SERVING THE RIGHT GOD?
How do you know that Christianity is the one true worldview? – RZIM Video

Why believe in Christianity over all other religions? – CARM Article


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE MEAN WHEN IT SAYS GOD REPENTS?
Why Does God Regret and Repent in the Bible? –  audio and transcript from John Piper

Does God Repent? – article from Matt Slick

ABOUT THE BIBLE

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE BIBLE IS TRUE?
Why I Choose to Believe the Bible – Vodie Baucham  Video (A, B, C, D, E)

Can You Know the Bible is True? – Answers in Genesis – Series of Articles


IS THE BIBLE WE HAVE TODAY TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL?
How the Bible is Being Attacked Today – Audio by Michael Kruger

How We Can Respond to Attacks on the Bible – Audio by Michael Kruger

10 Questions on the New Testament Canon – Article by Michael Kruger

The Reliability of the New Testament – James White Video

How Badly Did Scribes Change the New Testament Bible? – Daniel B. Wallace Video

Has Jesus Been Misquoted? – Daniel Wallace v. Bart Ehrman on the White Horse Inn video/audio

Ten Facts About the New Testament that Every Christian Should Memorize – Articles by Michael Kruger

Canon Fodder Web Page with New Testament Scholar Michael Kruger


THE BIBLE IS JUST A BOOK WRITTEN BY MEN
Can We Trust the Bible? – Living Waters Video

Can the Bible Be Reliable if it Had Human Authors? – Stand to Reason Video

How Can the Bible be Infallible When It Was Written by Fallible Men? – Creation Today Article
Why We Should Believe the Bible – Historical Bible Society Article

Proof!  I Want Proof! – Online Discussion from CARM Forums

The Holy Spirit as the Author of Scripture – Sermon from Desiring God


DO CHRISTIANS PICK AND CHOOSE THE PARTS OF THE BIBLE THEY WANT TO BELIEVE?
Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, homosexuality, shellfish, mixed fabrics, and not being under Old Testament Law – CARM Article


DIDN’T THE BIBLE JUST STEAL IDEAS FROM OTHER RELIGIONS?
Responses to The Zeitgeist Movie – This movie is the source for many of these claims

The Zeitgeist of the ‘Zeitgeist Movie’– Ben Witherington Article

Analysis and Response to Zeitgeist – ABR Article

Jesus and Mithras Myth Video with Lee Strobel

A Scholarly Response to Zeitgeist the Movie  – Douglas Hamp Video


YOU CAN’T KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE MEANS. IT’S ALL A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION
A Matter of Interpretation – Greg Koukl Article


IS THE KING JAMES THE ONLY TRUE BIBLE?
The King James Only Debate – James White and Jack Moorman

Whats the Big Deal With King James Onlyism – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 – James White

The King James Only Controversy – The Gospel Coalition and Trevin Wax

The Conspiracy Behind the New Bible Translations – Daniel Wallace


WHAT ABOUT THE BOOKS LEFT OUT OF THE BIBLE?
Why Were Some Books Left Out of the Bible? – Video by Michael Brown

What About the Books That Were Left Out of the Bible? – Video by Tom the Preacher

How were the Books of the Bible Compiled? – Video by Greg Koukl


BIBLE DIFFICULTIES PAGES
Defending Inerrancy – Bible Difficulties

Always Be Ready – Bible Difficulties

CARM – Bible Difficulties

Christian Research Institute – Bible Difficulties Archive


ABOUT JESUS

WHO IS THE REAL JESUS?
The Real Jesus – Answers in Genesis Article

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? – Gospel Coalition Article

About Jesus – CARM series of Articles

HOW CAN JESUS BE THE ONLY WAY TO GOD?
Why is Jesus the Only Way? –  Greg Koukl Video

How Can Jesus Be the Only Way? – White Horse Inn Video

Is Jesus the Only Way? – Ligonier Conference Q and A Video

The Only Way – R.C. Sproul Sermon (MP3 or Video)

How Do You Know Christianity is the One True World View? – Ravi Zacharias Video


JESUS NEVER CLAIMED TO BE GOD.  HE IS JUST THE SON OF GOD
Is Jesus God? – Got Questions.org

Jesus Specifically Said, “I am God” – J Warner Wallace


ABOUT SALVATION

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE SAVED? SAVED FROM WHAT?

HOW IS SOMEONE SAVED?
What Must Someone Believe in Order To Be Saved? – John Piper

WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD ABOUT GOD?
What About Those Who Don’t Believe in God? – Ravi Zacharias Video

What Happens to Those Who Never Hear the Gospel – David Platt


ABOUT RELIGIONS

ALL RELIGIONS TEACH BASICALLY THE SAME THING
The Uniqueness of Christianity – Andrew Rappaport Video

Christ’s Unique Claims – Dr. John Lenox Video

INFORMATION ON SPECIFIC RELIGIOUS GROUPS
ISLAM
Intro to Islam – Dr. James White Video

Islam A – Z – James White Video 1 and Video 2

MORMONISM
Understanding Mormonism – James White Video


JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES
Understanding the Jehovah’s Witnesses – James White

The Forgotten Trinity – James White (This is a VITAL subject for dealing with Jehovah’s Witnesses!)

Sermon Audio Messages from James White on Jehovah’s Witnesses

CARM’s Jehovah’s Witness resource page

Archived Articles for more in-depth study, from Alpha and Omega Ministries (James White)

ROMAN CATHOLICISM
The Roman Catholic Church and the Gospel – James White Video


WORD OF FAITH AND NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION
Clouds Without Water – Message series from Justin Peters – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Bill Johnson’s Theology and Movement Examined Biblically – Video by Mike Winger

Kundalini Warning – Video from Andrew Strom

Defecting from Bethel – Video Series from Cultic/Apologia Studios – Part 1, Part 2


ABOUT MORALITY

YOU SHOULD NOT JUDGE ANYONE.  THE BIBLE SAYS NOT TO JUDGE
Judge Not, That You Be Not Judged – John MacArthur Video

Should Christians Judge? – Tim Conway Video

What Right Do You Have to Judge What is Moral? – Matt Slick from CARM


YOU CAN BE GOOD WITHOUT BELIEVING IN GOD
Monkey Morality – Can Evolution Explain Ethics – Stand to Reason Article

Why is it necessary to appeal to God for objective morals? – CARM Article

Evolution Can’t Explain Morality – Stand to Reason Article


MORALITY IS SUBJECTIVE.  WHAT IS TRUE FOR YOU IS NOT NECESSARILY TRUE FOR ME
Greg Koukl on Moral Relativism (6 parts) A, B, C, D, E, F

Right and Wrong Simply a Matter of Personal Choice – Article and list of available resources at Monergism.com


MORAL NEUTRALITY AND WORLD VIEWS
The Myth of Moral Neutrality – Stand to Reason Article

The Myth of Neutrality – The White Horse Inn,

The Myth of Neutrality- Greg Bahnsen


CHRISTIANS ARE HYPOCRITES
How Can Christians Respond to Charges of Hypocrisy? – J Warner Wallace

Why Do Christians Act in Unchristian Ways? from Apologetics with Matt Chandler


YOU CAN’T LEGISLATE MORALITY
Should Christians Try to Legislate Their Morality? – The Gospel Coalition


YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT.  JUST DON’T HURT ANYBODY ELSE
Minimalist Ethic – Too Minimal – Greg Koukl, Stand to Reason


ABOUT SOCIAL ISSUES

ON HOMOSEXUALITY
Jesus never said anything about homosexuality? – Video clip from Voddie Baucham

Is Gay the New Black? – Video of a message by Voddie Baucham

Homosexuality and the Christian Faith – Video of a message from Rosaria Butterfield

Rosaria Butterfield on Understanding and Loving Our Gay and Lesbian Friends – Video from the Gospel Coalition

The Gay Christian Movement – Videos from James White – Part 1, Part 2

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Book by Rosaria Butterfield

Audacity – Movie by Ray Comfort and Living Waters

Talking to Children about God’s Design for Sexuality – An article from Nate Shurden with Ligonier Ministries


WHAT ABOUT SOCIAL JUSTICE AND INTERSECTIONALITY?
Defining Social Justice – Voddie Bauchum

Social Justice and the Gospel – Sovereign Nations panel discussion

WHAT ABOUT TRANSGENDERISM?


ON ABORTION
“A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood,
Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation – An article by Al Mohler

I Thought Planned Parenthood Protected Family Values – An article by Rosaria Butterfield

Abortion – A Teaching Series by Dr. R.C. Sproul

Life Training Institute – Pro-life training resources from Scott Klusendorf and his team

Abortion Resources from CARM


DOES THE BIBLE PROMOTE SLAVERY?
Does the Bible Condone Slavery? – Article from GOTQUESTIONS.ORG

Doesn’t the Bible Support Slavery? – Video by Boddie Hodge

Why Does the Bible Allow Slave Owners to Beat Their Slaves? – Article from GOTQUESTIONS.ORG


WHAT ABOUT SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGE?
Why Save Sex for Marriage? – Video from John Piper

Is Sex Before Marriage OK if You Love Each Other? – Article from CARM/Matt Slick


WHAT ARE WOMEN’S ROLES IN MINISTRY AND THE HOME?


ABOUT SCIENCE

DOES THE BIBLE/CHRISTIANITY REJECT SCIENCE?

Is Christianity a Science Stopper? – Greg Koukl

WHAT ABOUT EVOLUTION?

IS THE EARTH OLD OR YOUNG? (Though important, this is a secondary issue, with true believers in Christ on both sides, as are some issues connected with it)

WHAT ABOUT DINOSAURS?

WHAT ABOUT CARBON DATING?

WHAT ABOUT STARLIGHT TRAVELING TO EARTH?

GENERAL CREATION/SCIENCE PAGES
That’s A Fact! – Institute for Creation Research Short Videos 

Is Genesis History? – Movie and additional resources

Creation Super Library

NOTE: My goal is to provide solid answers to
people with real questions.  I pull my resources from many
different sources, and although I won’t necessarily agree with
everything said on a site I reference, I will never knowingly post
anything from any site which compromises the essentials of the Christian
faith in any way.  By the essentials I mean, simply put, the
nature of God, the nature of man, and the relationship (primarily
regarding salvation) between the two.  If you believe that any
essentials are being compromised on one of the sites listed, please send
me a private message and I will look into it.
Thanks