if Christianity was false, would you still believe?

If Christianity Turns Out to Be False, Would You Still Believe?

Peter Guirguis Apologetics 50 Comments

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.

One of the benefits of being a child of God is speaking to God thru prayer, and God speaking back to you. Click To Tweet

“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.

The only true faith is faith in Jesus Christ

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  1. I personally don’t know how I would answer that, it would certainly take some time for me to think about it. But what I can say, is that the Holy Spirit is really working through you cuz this answer to that question is so good.
    God gave you answer to a question that could easily confuse and make your faith seem to not stand firm. I pray that He keeps guiding you and speaking to you as He does. I know He will cuz God is faithful:)

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      Thank you so much Marieny, that’s very kind if you. I think you have the gift of encouragement because I feel encouraged by your comment. I give all the glory to God, just like you are saying.

      God bless you, Marieny ?

  2. Dear Peter, I think that the answer you gave is a pretty good one. When I was on my way to commit suicide, I heard the voice of Jesus and He stopped me from certain death. Even after that He is so real to me that I would literally be out of my mind to say that I wouldn’t believe just because someone couldn’t or didn’t hear him. Either he is crazy or I am !

    And thank you so much brother for your wonderful articles. Plz keep them coming. Just because you don’t hear from me didn’t mean that I don’t read. I read every single one of them. They are very useful to me in all my endeavors. Blessings bro, keep up the awesome work.

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      Ibn Syed, your comment made my day ?. It’s always such a privilege to hear from you, my brother.

      I remembered parts of your testimony as you were sharing them in the comment. Wow, God has really brought you through a lot. It’s so cool to see the way that God is using you to reach our Muslim friends around the world. Thank you for your ministry, it means so much to your brothers and sisters in Christ?.

  3. Thank you Peter for your thought provoking post. I like the core of your answer that challenges the notion that somehow Christianity could ever be proven to be false. Some way of pushing back on this hypothetical scenario is necessary and I like your method. I wonder about taking what you have said and making it a little simpler at least to start out with and then building from there. For example, what is the evidence that my grandparents, who I never met, actually existed? I would challenge the presupposition that it is possible to disprove something that is both objectively and subjectively true. Thanks again for your post.

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  4. I have to share this with a good friend of mine who believes in Jesus, but doesn’t get the “God speaks to us” phenomenon. He assumes hearing can only happen audibly, but we know that He speaks through His written word and the counsel of fellow believers. I agree with you. It takes greater faith to believe there is no God.

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  5. Please seek wise counsel before “stepping out in faith,” especially if large amounts of money are involved! Remember to be a wise steward and never commit “financial infidelity” by hiding accounts, credit cards, or expenses from your spouse, even if you’re convinced God told you to do something. It’s possible to turn a ministry into an idol. Pray to God, not Master Card!

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  6. You’re both right, of course: if Christianity was disproved beyond a doubt, obviously nobody would/should still be a Christian! But we all know that that’s not going to happen, for the reasons you give (personal experience) as well as for the more objective reasons all apologists rely on: the hard evidence.

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  7. CONVICTION, REPENTANCE, and a change of one’s HEART… A new CREATION in JESUS CHRIST shall bare witness to the “TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL” Are lives are to be living testimonials of GOD’S SWEETNESS and GRACE for HIS GLORY! The Truth can never be proven false… Keep doing what you do Peter, the “KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND” it is within everyone’s reach. “HE WHO IS” is building His army, and you are a true solder!

    GOD SPEED,

    Thomas A.D.

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  8. My answer will always be yes! I would still believe. As a true Christian our Faith is what we believe not what we know… By GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, in CHRIST alone! This is not a matter of the mind rather a matter of the HEART ❤

    GOD SPEED,

    Thomas A.D.

  9. My response is always similar to the “grandparents” analogy. More specifically, people readily believe in George Washington, Beethoven, Marie Antoinette, Julius Caeser, Socrates, Aristotle, King Tut… and the reason that they give for their belief is that the lives of these people are well-documented and their accomplishments have been perpetuated for a long time – in some instances, even pre-dating the birth of Christ. But for some reason, the same people who have no doubt about the existence of these historical figures refuse to accept even greater, ongoing, LIVING evidence of the existence and teachings of Jesus.

    There’s so much more to say on that topic. But I’ll leave it at that for now.

    God bless you, sir.

    Russell

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      Those are some great points that you make, Russell. You’re absolutely right, we do believe in George Washington, Beethoven, and Marie Antoinette so readily but when it comes to Jesus, many are not so ready. And I used to be one of those people too.

      I think that the enemy also tries to cloud the truth with lies so that many are led astray. I pray that God would unveil the eyes of many people so that they will become saved.

      Thank you for your excellent comment, Russell ?.

  10. I guess I will also respond by saying that it is impossible to disprove Christianity, but my reason would be the fruits produced in our lives.

    Before I got saved, I’m the kind of guy you would never want to hang out with. After acceptinging Jesus into my life, He changed me a lot! As He Himsel said somewhere in the Bible, that if we are apart from Him, we can’t bear good fruit.

    But, if he or she keeps making me assume that Christianity is false, then all I would say is what I remember saying a long time ago, If all of this is just a dream, then I don’t wanna wake up. Great post as always sir Peter! Sorry if this comment is so long.

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  11. I would say I have an inward witness of who I was before I believed and who I now am. Also, God is beyond our 4-dimensional world. To disprove His existence, you would need to invent tools that can detect His presence or absence. How can you disprove something or some person whose existence you are not equipped to measure/detect?

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  12. Christianity is the belief in the One True God and in things not seen with our eyes, but is proven true by the things we can see in the Universe, which obviously had to have a designer and architect with intellect far superior to our imagination. I have also had personal experiences of my audible questions to God being answered with audible responses, at least audible in my mind. and also considering some of the hardships of living a Christian life, why would I live it were it not for the Spirit of the Living God that lives within me. Like the ungodly, I would choose the best reward for me for the moment if not for the Hope Eternity with God.

    So, Yes, I would still believe in Christianity because it is the only Belief that offers me a Sure Hope of living in harmony with the creator in a perfect world without end. This is the only belief that makes any sense. This is a question that really taxes my brain to consider all the ramifications of my belief being proven false. I also have enjoyed reading the other responses.

    Thank You

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  13. Well this is what I know, 1 I have no idea how in this perplexing world people can live without the relationship of the Holy Spirit 2 in my own sinful life I know I could not do it without God’s grace 3 I personally have experienced God speaking to me and his influence on people around me. Blessings to you for such a good question

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  14. As my daughter was born and I wanted to teach her german, there was a flood and at that time all my german, old books and papers were drawn in that flood, which was up to 1 meter in our house. The only german book left was a 21 years old german bible. I started to read for her and was surprised that this bible told and showed my sinful life and the salvation and promise through Jesus’ blood on the cross. I read it then more for my own purpose then for my daughter, it created a hunger in me to know Jesus more. It took some years as He sent somebody to teach me in bible and I studied purposely until I got baptized. God really puts every words of Him through the Holy Spirit in my ears and heart and He also creates in me to will and to act Phil 2:12-13) and to accept Jesus as my Savior and God. I agree that fellowship and relationship with God though Holy Spirit is expressed in the light, knowledge and Glory in the face of Jesus our Lord and God. Thank you Peter for your sharing, I know all the glory be only to Him our Holy Father in heaven.

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  15. I would say that if Christianity turned out to be false, it would do no harm, and could do a great deal of good to continue believing. What’s the worst that could happen? You would live a moral, temperate life, have concern for your fellow humans, and generally be a force for good in the world.

    If you are a believer and continue to live a Christian life, you have lost nothing by doing so. But the guy who never believes stands to lose EVERYTHING in the hereafter.

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  16. I have told others my answer to this many times over. Yes, I would still believe because I have met Jesus and He lives in me and for 76 years we have spoken together. Any other theory has to be incorrect.

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  17. Wow Peter, thanks for another amazing article! There are some great answers and stories here.

    I’d honestly have to say that it would be too hard to even imagine Christianity not being true, since I’ve both personally seen and/or heard of people’s lives being changed by Jesus, including my own life.

    It really does take more faith to be an atheist than a Christian, since all of creation speaks of and points to God in one sense or another (Romans 1:20).

    Keep up the good work! God bless you brother!

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      Thanks so much Evan for your kind words, you’re too kind.

      I do agree with you, it’s impossible to imagine that Christianity is false. We’ve seen and experienced too much to ever go back to living without God.

      God bless you too, Evan!

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        2. Thanks for the encouragement, JoAnn. I’ll look up Answers Academy.

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  18. (Didn’t realize I’d missed your question in reply to my comment, Peter…)

    I had believed for years that I had a relationship with Jesus and that I’d heard from God quite clearly on a couple of occasions, with a lot of confirmation: the messages were in response to prayer, they lined up with Scripture, fellow believers had encouraged me, and they helped me fulfill the Great Commission, to go and make disciples–in fact, this is the most amazing, memorable, sharable presentation of the GOSPEL I’ve ever seen:

    God is the Creator, he made it all;
    Our sin has separated us since Adam’s fall.
    Sin cancellation requires a price:
    Payment was made by Jesus Christ.
    Everlasting life he gives to all who believe–
    Love peace and forgiveness are yours to receive!

    (G-yellow, O-black, S-white, P-red, E-green, L-blue–if you ‘d like a picture version, contact me at theplaydoughpoem@gmail.com or @playdoughpoem)

    I painted illustrations of this and the other poem (promoting God as Creator and evolution as false!) I had believed God had spoken to me, and expected me to publish and share with the world–I even had them translated into Spanish and French to reach a wider audience faster. I invested a very large fortune, convinced that I’d heard from God and he was with me, as all those verses I’d memorized and all those songs I’d sung for all those years had promised. Long story short: I couldn’t defend my science, the book failed, my faith crashed, and the fortune is gone.

    1. Sandra, many Christians find themselves unable to defend the “science” behind their faith, and find their OWN faith compromised when they can’t offer a defense. The best cure for this is to arm yourself with knowledge of the very real science behind the account of the creation. Observational science–what can be seen or duplicated in tests and experiments–is the key.

      There is an EXCELLENT DVD course on “Creation Apologetics” that gives you a solid foundation in the science of creation – it comes from Answers Academy and is called Biblical Apologetics for Real Life. Our church is going through this course right now, and it is INSPIRING to see how science is much more on OUR side than that of the evolutionists. I strongly urge you to study this subject and learn to defend what you believe. God IS real, and the Bible IS true. Equip yourself with the tools to defend that position, and your faith will grow!

    2. Here is one example of “observational science” dealing with “creation” and Noah’s flood in the first 11 chapters of Genesis. This one has to do with the flood, and concerns the Grand Canyon. The non-creationists would have you believe the vast Grand Canyon was laboriously carved out over millions of years by the Colorado River. Creationists believe it was created during the Great Flood of Noah’s time.

      Scientific evidence? Look at the geological layers, and where fossils are found. If the canyon was created over a vast amount of time by a river’s erosion, you would expect to find fossils scattered throughout the layers of the geological “column”, as plants and animals died off during the course of the river’s erosion forming the various layers that form the timeline of any geological feature like the Grand Canyon. But that is not the case. The fossils are ALL found in one single layer of the geologic column, which is consistent with a sudden event like a massive flood, rather than a gradual course of erosion over time.

      Non-creationists cannot explain this fossil placement, so they simply IGNORE it. They ignore a LOT of things that don’t fit their theories, which are presented and even taught in our schools as FACT.

      1. God’s Sweetness has been revealed to all the world… Some are moving towards God in truth, the rest are running from God!

        THE GUILTY WORLD

        18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the TRUTH in unrighteousness;
        19. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; God hath shewed it unto them.
        20. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, so they are without exuse:
        21. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not ad God, neither were thankful ; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
        22. Professing themselves to be wise the became fools… ( ROMANS 1 : 18 – 22 )

        Creation and science go hand in hand… All things have been created for the Glory of ” HE WHO IS ”

        God Speed,

        Thomas AD

        1. I’ll step out of the discussion at this point, since it turns out that Answers Academy is a production of Answers in Genesis and I was not able to defend my faith with their resources. The verses quoted above claim that all who don’t believe what the writer of Romans professes–that’s more than 7 billion people throughout history– are without excuse. Anyone who wishes can contact me via email or Twitter, but I won’t challenge on this forum. Peace and joy!

          1. For I am ” NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST ” for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…

            Thanks again Peter for a great blog.

            God Speed,

            Thomas A.D.

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  20. It would seem I am over 1.5 years late to the discussion, but I feel compelled to leave my two cents – perhaps for another late passerby, interested in hearing what the ‘non-believer’ thinks.

    I was a Christian for a great deal of time, born and raised in fairly fundamentalist evangelical circles. I have experienced the ‘peace that surpasses all understanding’ many times. Early in the morning, while volunteering at a bible camp, I’d head out to the beach with bible in hand, and start the day with devotions. It was there that I felt God strongest, and the peace he promised. The strength necessary to make it through the day. When I left the faith, one of my biggest fears was letting go of this peace, this security, and heading out on my own – I feared the wrath of God, or the consumption of myself by sinful desires and my corrupt nature.

    However, such fears were unfounded. That peace I once found in God returned through other mediums – through the people I encountered, the natural abilities I had and worked on, and understanding my insignificance in a tremendous universe, and my significance to the people I loved and cared about. Yes, belief in God was powerful, powerful enough to fill me with joy, with strength, and with peace. Yet, these feelings are not unique to the Christian God, and they are not unique to the religious adherent. I have found fulfillment outside of Christianity, as billions of others have.

    It’s good to step back from what we feel, no matter how strong and convincing those feelings may be, and really investigate the source of those feelings – no matter how difficult that confrontation might be.

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      Hi Mr. Guy Man, don’t worry, you’re not 1.5 years later the discussion. This is a popular article on my blog and Google continuously sends people to this article all the time. Additionally, there are people that comment on this blog post regularly.

      So you said that you left the Christian faith. May I please ask you what was your reason for leaving?

    2. Hi Guy!
      I just lost a long response, and don’t have the time or energy to reconstruct it. I’ll simply invite you and whoever else is inclined to connect with me and hundreds of other former believers on Twitter. Even if you don’t choose to engage, may I encourage you to follow someone new every day–a news, science, or current events account, or someone whose views are news in your world.
      All the best to you from all of us!
      @wiserthaniwasb4

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