If you share the gospel with other people, then you’re eventually going to be asked this question:
If Christianity isn’t true, would you stop believing in Christianity?
That’s a question that Frank Turek received while giving a talk recently.
Frank is a well-known apologist, speaker, and author. You may have heard of his book, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist.
Watch the 1-minute video below to find out how Frank answers this question.
After that, I’ll give you my take of how I would answer it.
So here’s how I would respond to this question. I would give this scenario:
Imagine that you come to me and tell me, “Peter, I’m going through a rough time in my life right now. My personal life is in turmoil, and I don’t know what to do. Do you have any advice to give me to get through this hard time?”
Now imagine that I respond by saying, “Sure thing, here you go. Take this.”
I slip you a card.
“This is a card for a good friend of mine. His name is Josh, and he is a crisis coach. Give Josh a call and tell Him I sent you. He’ll be able to help you out.”
You take the card from me. When you get home, you give Josh a call.
The two of you hit it off instantly, and he makes you feel at ease.
You tell him about the problems that you’ve been having.
Josh is compassionate and responds by telling you that he understands what you’re going through.
He then proceeds to give you the best advice of your life.
You’re amazed at this man’s pearls of wisdom!
Josh has given you the perfect solution to your problem, and you can’t wait until you try it.
You hang up the phone, and the next day, you follow his awesome advice.
Just as you thought, your problem is now solved!
Now, Imagine Someone Has a Similar Situation to You
Now imagine that a few days later, you’re out eating lunch with one of your friends.
Over lunch, your friend tells you, “Hey, I’m going through a rough time in my life right now. My personal life is in turmoil, and I don’t know what to do. Do you have any advice to give me?”
So you take out Josh’s card and give it to your friend that is going through the crisis.
“Here, call this guy called Josh. He’s a crisis coach who is an expert in solving these kinds of problems. Let him know that I sent you.”
Your friend walks away and promises you that they’ll call Josh.
One month passes by, and you run into your friend.
You ask them eagerly, “So, did you call Josh?”
Your friend responds, “Uhm yeah! I called like a zillion times, and no one picks up. It just keeps ringing and ringing and doesn’t even go to voicemail.
“I knew this Josh guy sounded too good to be true.”
But you object, “No, I promise Josh is real! I talked to him on the phone, and He’s helped me out tremendously!”
I then ask the unbeliever:
If That Happened to You, What Evidence Do You Have that Josh is Real, Even Though You’ve Never Seen Him?
The other person usually says that it’s the phone conversation.
The fact that you had an audible phone conversation with Josh is evidence that Josh is real to you even though your other friend never talked to Josh.
You See, Christianity isn’t a Religion, it’s a Relationship
For hundreds of years, millions of Christians have died saying that they’ve been able to have a conversation with God.
Christians can talk to God, and He speaks back to them.
“So what,” the unbeliever may object. “Many people who aren’t Christians claim to be able to speak to God and that He speaks to them.”
“Yes, that’s true,” I reply.
“But none of those other religions have an experience about talking with God that lines up with the experience promised in their holy book.
“Christianity is the only faith that claims that you can talk with God and that God will talk back to you. And it verifies the experience through a supernatural book.
“The Bible tells you what to expect when talking with God and the experience is 100% accurate.”
For example, consider this Bible verse:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Christians experience God’s peace that transcends all understanding when they surrender their problems to Him through prayer.
So if I’m asked if Christianity turns out to be false, would I still believe, then I’d answer with this story.
Then I’d go on to explain how I believe it’s impossible that Christianity is wrong because I talk to God every day, and He talks to me.
Millions of Christians have the same experience, and it lines up with the experience God promises us in the Bible.
How about you, how would you answer the question of if Christianity turns out to be false, would you still believe? Please share your comment because your answer will encourage other readers.