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Get to Know These 4 Questions Nonbelievers Ask You So You Can Be Prepared

Sep 30, 2013 | 111 comments

Have you ever found yourself in a position where you were defending God to someone?

Or have you ever had to defend your belief in the Christian faith?

I had a situation happen to me the other day in which I found myself having to defend God to an atheist.

If you’re anything like me, then I’m sure that you have wondered how to answer the questions that nonbelievers ask regularly.

Sometimes you meet nonbelievers at work or sometimes you meet them on your college campus.

The Bible says that we should always be ready to give an answer for why we believe what we believe, so I thought it would be a great discussion topic.

My Encounter With an Atheist

You should never argue with anyone regarding the existence of God and your faith.

You might be wondering what I said to this gentleman that I talked to the other day. I didn’t argue with him.

I have to admit however, I felt baffled at times and could not clearly answer the questions he was asking me the way I would have if I had more time.

It was a disheartening experience to me because I couldn’t articulate my beliefs to this atheist.  I never thought I would find myself in such a position because I have read the entire Bible at least four times.

However, several things come into play.  First of all, I was caught off guard with the questions. Second, the person was very aggressive and cut me off every time I started to answer the questions.

Obviously, he did not care to hear the truth.

Four Questions You Might Be Asked by an Atheist

The gentleman asked me four questions that I want to share with you:

1.  “How would you feel if you died and learned that God is not real and that there is no heaven or hell?”

I informed the gentleman that I would not feel bad if that occurred. He did not like my answer nor allow me to go into further details.

I would have told him that living a holy lifestyle allowed me to live positively and to live my life to serve others — not to focus on myself or materialistic things.

Also, living the Christian lifestyle helped me make a positive difference in the world and to be a better person. The greater good would far outweigh the negative.

2. “What does Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and other religions have in common?”

This gentleman believes that all religions are ways to brainwash people and make them followers.

I attempted to answer this question, but was cut off.  My answer would have been that Jesus does exist in most religions. He does not hold the same esteem or title.

However, Jesus is usually known as a good person.

As Christians, we know that Jesus is the second member of the Holy Trinity (1. The Father, 2. The Son, and 3. The Holy Spirit) and we believe in His resurrection.

That is what differentiates our Jesus from the other religions. I know Jesus is mentioned in the Koran as well as in publishings by Jehovah’s Witnesses.

3. “If the church is a non-profit organization that should only keep 3% income, where is the remainder of the money going? Why are there megachurches with rich preachers?”

I informed the gentleman that I am aware of the church being a non-profit organization. I was not clear on the percentage. I explained that the remainder of the money the church uses to help the community.

I told him that the more income a church has, the larger that 3% portion will be.

God does not want His people to be poor because we would not be able to lend to others. Christians are supposed to be lenders – not borrowers. We are blessed to be a blessing to others.

I do feel that most churches use their funds wisely and for serving their community. However, there are those few that give the others us a bad reputation.

4. “Are you fearful of God’s wrath? If so, why do people sin?”

I told him that God makes us autonomous (to have free will). He assumed that Christians go to hell if we sin.

However, born-again Christians are already forgiven for past, present, and future sins.  That does not give us the right to go around sinning though.

No one is perfect and when we sin, our imperfections come to the light.

Key Takeaway

In conclusion, I believe that an aggressive nonbeliever can be changed into a passionate believer!

We, as Christians, have to lead by example. It is not up to us to change someone’s mindset or force them to believe in God. It is up to God.

God can change an unbeliever’s heart. For example, look at the story of the Apostle Paul.

He was a persecutor of Christians, but he became a passionate follower of Christ.

God loves unbelievers as much as He loves believers!

He gives us the free will to choose whether we love Him back or not. I intend to lead by example and to do my best to show the God in me to this unbeliever.

I pray that he will be converted like the Apostle Paul.

Please be praying for his salvation.


  1. Anonymous

    Very well said

    • Wendelin Phillips

      Thank you.

      • Nancy

        I’m so blessed by your last comments. My son has become a somewhat aggressive atheist after walking away from his faith. As a mom it terrifies me and my prayers for him are constant. Remembering that God is in control and my son is still loved by him, gives me some peace. Thank You

  2. emily

    This is so inspiring!!!

  3. Chozen

    Great and inspiring read! Thank you for sharing?? God bless ya ??❤️

  4. Sarah

    I had this experience with my boss today and felt disappointed that I couldn’t articulate my responses. Now 4 am and struggling I did a search to see how I should have handled the situation. Thank you for sharing this. Very helpful. I know that Gid has to work through me. It is not up to me. I will continue to demonstrate to my boss His love through my actions. At least he is asking questions. That is a good sign!

  5. Craig Writing Avidly

    Wow. if you think that these will be the primary questions atheists will throw at you, then none of you are prepared to hold an actual discussion. Well, a discussion where you sound competent to speak with.

  6. Carrie McGinnis

    None of these are questions I have gotten from non believers. Instead it’s questions about disease and death, translations of the bible and who wrote it, the great flood and the ark, etc.

  7. Justine

    Encouraging we need to always pray for the non believers , they really do things which keep me wonder.

  8. Tahjay london

    Whatever question is asked give them your testimony about how God saved you & let them know it’s all about God’s love and that he loves the person you are witnessing to also. You may not have an answer to every question, but tell them what you do know about the father, the son, & the holy spirit, we just witness to people, God does the increase to save someone. Just do your best to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and never argue or get upset with anyone while you are witnessing to them. God Bless You.

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  12. Redneck Atheist

    I am sorry…you appear to have encountered one of our low-tier atheists, or are sharing hypotheticals, not well thought through. All 4 of those questions were ridiculous.

    1.  “How would you feel if you died and learned that God is not real and that there is no heaven or hell?”

    Right there…you should have answered: *Are you telling me you accept the presupposition that information does not die with you; a “soul”? We don’t think that at all. Once the body dies, that’s it.

    2. “What does Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, and other religions have in common?”

    IRRELEVANT to the truth. Any atheist that tells you Christianity is not unique, does not understand Christianity well enough. And yeah…that’s coming from me…an atheist.

    3. “If the church is a non-profit organization that should only keep 3% income, where is the remainder of the money going? Why are there megachurches with rich preachers?”

    You really did talk to the least competent atheist among us. The above question is in regard to the actions of humans, and holds no bearing on the claims to truth and reality in the Bible.

    4. “Are you fearful of God’s wrath? If so, why do people sin?”

    Again…this is an atheist that is completely clueless as to the inner workings…hell, the basic message of the Christian faith.

    If you want some good questions about the truth claims of the Bible, let me know…and I’ll share with you some of the questions that ultimately led me to apostasy. Also understand, free speech, and love trump all. Most of us die hard atheists will be the first to defend your free exercise of expression.

    Thanks, and take care.


    • Amanda Estrada

      Hi there, I have a question for you…Why don’t you believe in a higher power? How do you believe creation happened?

  13. Stacy

    Thank you for sharing this.

  14. Cookie

    I don’t understand the reference to 3% of income. Scripture refers to returning your tithe to the store house. It is the only place in scripture where God says to test Him (for what he returns to you). Tithe is 10%. Tithing pays the church bills, upkeep, maintenance and the staff. Everyone that works there has to eat and pay their own bills. And it pays to support missions and their ministry to spread the Word around the world, which is what Christ commissioned us to do.

  15. Ralph

    How would you feel if you died and learned that God is not real and that there is no heaven or hell?”
    My first thoughts were.
    Truthfully, Disappointed”. Because it would mean that everything that I’ve heard, seen, read, felt and experienced meant nothing. It was all just me trying to make sense of my life. But then after pondering my answer. I would have to recall all of the times in my life when looking back. How I could comprehend Devine interventions. Miraculous events between Christ and myself. At that point my only regret would be that you have not heard or seen or felt what God has given me. So, my only answer would have to be that I am but a child in Christ. The answers to your questions must come from a communication between you and God himself. I cannot speak for God no, I only speak to him. Thanking and praising him for his grace in sending Jesus to save me from my sins. I hope you understand and comprehend what I’m saying. You see, I was once you, probably a lot worse but the only difference that I can see is I was dying and called on his sweet name. You, for whatever reason refuse him. My experience with God is mine. It won’t change a thing for you. If you want a relationship with God it will have to start with you. Good luck. A brother in Christ Rafael

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