“Why are Christians so judgemental?” “How can a good God allow so much suffering?” “Why should I trust the Bible?” These are some of the questions frequently asked by non-Christians. Do they throw you off? Well, if they do, not any longer. The book “The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask” by Mark Mittelberg purports to give all Christians a foundation for us to explain away the common doubts and misconceptions about Christianity.
Each chapter of the book answers one of the top ten questions that Christians feel most uncomfortable about, from a survey by Tyndale House Publishers. The chapters are structure by first giving a detailed answer, a summary, and finally, a list of questions meant for group discussion, making this book very useful for a Bible study group, or even just for a discussion with your non-Christian friends.
The chapter about “How could a good God allow so much suffering” incisively cuts to the point of the issue: that very often, the question is asked as an expression of pain and grief, and theological answers may not be the best. But although the book makes this point, Mark Mittelberg still gives a rationale answer.
Other chapters that really opened my eyes were the chapters on “Why do you condemn homosexuals” and “Why are Christians so obsessed with abortion?” Although these questions are very controversial, I feel that Mark has cut through the smokescreens surrounding the issue, to show how we can offer the compassion of Christ without compromising our values. Using the interaction between Jesus and the Samaritan Woman as an example, he shows how we can exercise compassion and tell the truth about God’s will and intention for marriage at the same time.
However, I do not agree with his chapter on evolution and the Bible, where his claims that Bible-believing Christians hold a variety of views on this issue (including old-age creationists and theistic evolution), all of them equally valid. I believe that if we do not trust the Bible on how old the earth is, or how God says he created the world, then we cannot trust what God says about his only Son Jesus Christ. We must either take the Word of God as a whole, or discount it as a whole. In addition, if God did use theistic evolution to bring about humanity, there would have been death before the Fall, making the need for Jesus Christ redundant.
However, on the whole, I think this book is a very easy and reliable book. It’s useful for those who want to provide answers to their non-Christian friends and serves as a good primer to other books such as Josh MacDowell’s “The Evidence that Demands a Verdict”.
Published on 19 May, 2011. Last updated on