There's no need to fear difficult questions. This section will give answers to skeptics’ questions. This Apologetics page grew out of a challenge my husband made to an atheist/agnostic friend of his to list the questions and problems he had with God, Christianity and the Bible. I hope the responses will help strengthen your faith and provide you with some answers to similar questions others may have posed to you or you may have yourself.
As I was studying Matthew 4 and the temptation of Christ, I was impressed by Jesus’ use of Scripture to counter Satan’s lies. I thought of some common lies and found Scriptures to counter them. I hope these examples help you.
The Lie: The Devil made me do it. I can't say no to sin.
The Truth: Jas. 4:7-8; Ro. 6:10-12; 1 Co. 10:13
Jas. 4:7-8: Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Ro. 6:10-12: The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
1 Co. 10:13: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. NIV
The Lie: Jesus came to do away with the Old Testament.
The Truth: Mt. 5:17-18: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. NIV
The Lie: Since Jesus came we only need to study the New Testament. The Old Testament has no practical application for us now.
The Truth: 2 Tim. 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV
The Lie: It's all up to me. If I don't handle it, it will go wrong. I can't trust anyone to look out for what's best for me & my friends and family.
The Truth: 1 Pt. 5:7; Isa. 41:13
1 Pt. 5:7: Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Isa. 41:13: For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. NIV
The Lie: Looks are all that matters. I must be beautiful to be loved.
The Truth: 1 Sa. 16:7; Pr. 31:30; 1Pt. 3:3-5
1 Sa. 16:7: But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Pr. 31:30: Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
1 Pt. 3:3-5: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. 5 For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. NIV
The Lie: You must look out for number one (yourself). You can't rely on anyone else.
The Truth: Mt. 6:31-33: So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. NIV
The Lie: This life is all there is. You only live once. Once you die that's it. So I need to enjoy myself now & not worry about the consequences.
The Truth: Da. 12:2-3; Mt. 25:46
Da. 12:2-3 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.
Mt. 25:46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." NIV
The Lie: I can't do ____ ministry God wants. I don't have what it takes.
The Truth: 2 Co. 3:4-6: Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. 5 Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant — not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. NIV
The Lie: Your salvation is up to you. You must be good enough for God. If you do enough good works you'll go the heaven.
The Truth: Eph. 2:8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. NIV
The Lie: I have a right to be angry after what they did. They didn't apologize, so it's okay to hold a grudge.
The Truth: Eph. 4:26-27; Col. 3:13; Jas. 1:19-20
Eph. 4:26-27: "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.
Col. 3:13: Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Jas. 1:19-20: My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. NIV
The Lie: I don't need to study the Bible daily. It is sufficient to go to church once in a while.
The Truth: Jos. 1:8; Heb. 2:1; 10:25
Jos. 1:8: Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
Heb. 2:2: We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
Heb. 10:25: Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching. NIV
The Lie: Greed is good. You deserve it—Now. God wants you to be rich and wealthy.
The Truth: 1 Tim. 6:6-10: But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. NIV
The Lie: It's OK to look at porn. I'm not acting it out.
The Truth: Mt. 5:27-28: "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. NIV
The Lie: If I live a "good" life & my "good works" outweigh my "bad works," then I'll go to heaven.
The Truth: Isa. 64:6: All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. NIV
The Lie: Men are basically good. We don't have a sin nature. Therefore, we don't need a Savior.
The Truth: Ro. 3:12; 3:23
Ro. 3:12: All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one."
Ro. 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. NIV
The Lie: I'm a good person. I'm not a sinner. I don't need saving.
The Truth: 1 Jn. 1:8, 10: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. NIV
The Lie: All religions lead to God. It doesn't matter what you believe. "Love wins" and everyone will go to heaven.
The Truth: Jn. 14:6; Ac. 2:21; Ac. 4:12
Jn. 14:6: Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Ac. 2:21: And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'
Ac. 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." NIV
The Lie: The Bible is just another religious book written by men.
The Truth: Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16-17
Heb. 4:12: For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
2 Ti. 3:16-17: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. NIV
The Lie: Once you are a Christian, everything is sunshine & roses. If you are experiencing trouble, something must be wrong.
The Truth: Jn. 16:33; Mt. 10:18-20; 2 Tim. 3:12
Jn. 16:33: "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Mt. 10:18-20: On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
2 Ti. 3:12-13: In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. NIV
There are many more answers from God's Word to the devil's lies. We have so many promises about God's love and protection when Satan tries to get us to doubt God's love (Jn. 3:16-17; Ro. 5:8; 1 Jn. 4:9-10). We have assurance of our salvation (Ro. 8:15-17; Gal. 4:6; 1 Jn. 5:10, 13). When we are feeling guilty and having trouble believing we are forgiven, we have God's assurance that we are forgiven and our sins forgotten (Ps. 103:12; Isa. 43:25; Jer. 31:34; 1 Jn. 1:9). Feel free to add to the list as God shows you His promises to defeat the devil's schemes.