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APOLOGETICS ASSIGNMENT I

CHRISTIANS ARE ARROGANT WHEN THEY THINK THEY HAVE THE ONLY WAY TO GOD

The Arguments:
(1) We need to be tolerant of people with different views.  (2) There is truth in all religions.  (3) All religions are seeking after God.  It is as if we are climbing the same mountain, but are climbing on different slopes.  (3) Anyone who says he has the only truth is smug, arrogant, and chauvinistic.  (4) The best religions accept all other religions as their equal.

Answers to these Arguments:
(1) Every religion or philosophy has beliefs that exclude others: Atheists exclude Theists.  Hinduism has its caste system and they exclude those who do not believe in Karma and Reincarnation.  Muslims actually kill family members who go from Islam to Christianity.  Those who teach tolerance are intolerant of those who say they have the only truth.
(2) Beliefs of religions exclude other religions: God is a Person and he is not a person; faith verses works; reincarnation verses resurrection; the caste system verses everyone is equal; etc.
(3) All truth is exclusive.  Those who believe 2+2=4 exclude those who believe that 2+2= 5 or something else.
(4) Christianity is unique in many ways: Jesus' claims to be God, His resurrection from the dead, prophesy, based on history, and He claimed to be the only way to God (Jn 14:6)
(5) We, however, should not act arrogantly; for we will discourage people from listening what we have to say.  It also is the opposite of our message - that Jesus died for we who are sinners.

HOW CAN A LOVING GOD ALLOW PEOPLE TO SUFFER?

Arguments:
(1) How can God allow people to starve when all He needs to do is to make it rain?  (2) Why does God allow the evil to be healthy and new children to be born with disfigurements and incurable diseases?  (3) If God is all-powerful and loving, why does He allow anyone to suffer?  Since there is suffering, God is either not all-powerful or not loving.  (4) A loving person would not hold someone's hand to a flame.

Answers to these Arguments:
(1) Parents can be loving parents and allow their children to go through tough times.  For example we do not do their homework for them.
(2) In Romans 8, the world and its suffering is compared to a woman in childbirth.  Suffering and pain are part of what is necessary to get us where we need to go.
(3) Jesus' crucifixion, the very worst suffering, produced the very best good.
(4) "God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.  It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world."  C.S. Lewis