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Q:

Recently, I read a book that said most of the world's problems have been caused by religion—problems like war, injustice, intolerance and so forth. The author went on to say that the only logical solution is to do away with religion and become atheists. How would you answer someone like this?


A:

One answer would be to point out all the good that has been done in the world by people who took their faith in God seriously. Committed Christians have always tried to put into action the Bible’s command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18).

From the civil rights movement to the establishment of thousands of hospitals and schools across the world, men and women who took God seriously have made an impact for good. When a humanitarian crisis hits anywhere in the world today, Christian organizations are often the first to respond. Where would our society be if all the church-based programs that reach out to those in need suddenly came to an end?

Yes, people have sometimes twisted God’s truth and done great evil–but when they have, they were ignoring God’s clear teaching. When Peter reacted with violence as Jesus was being arrested, Jesus rebuked him: “Put your sword back in its place … for all who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matthew 26:52).

The real problem, however, is the human heart. Down inside, we are selfish and want only our own way–and this causes conflict. And this is why we need Christ, for only He can change our hearts and replace our selfishness with His love. Have you asked Him to come into your life and change you from within?

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  1. Joseph says:

    Dear Pastor,

    Thank you for your above answer recording the question ‘world’s problem caused by religion’. That is the point that Atheists attack religion. For me as a christian I am agreed with your answer and get encouragement from your answer. But if we read in the Old Testament we see God commend His chosen people to kill many others pagan worshipers and non-Israel. So how I have to understand that history and how to explain other people that the Christianity is not causing the world’s problems. I am not a native English speaker, so please understand my English weakness. Please reply your answer to my given email.

    Thank you so much for your times and concern. Thank you for your service in His ministry.

    Sincerely,
    Joseph

    1. BGEA says:

      Joseph, the underlying problem for all of us is sin, regardless of who we are, where we live or what religion we claim. When explaining the world’s problems to others, we suggest talking to them about sin. Here are some resources for you:

      A short answer from Billy Graham on the good things Christianity has brought to the world and what the real problem is: http://billygraham.org/answer/recently-i-read-a-book-that-said-most-of-the-worlds-problems-have-been-caused-by-religion-problems-like-war-injustice-intolerance-and-so-forth/

      Billy Graham’s response to religion causing war and conflict: http://billygraham.org/answer/the-only-thing-religion-has-done-for-the-human-race-is-cause-war-and-conflict-how-do-you-explain-that-if-religion-is-true/

      An article on sin: http://goingfarther.net/basics-of-christianity/sin/

      Short questions and answers on the topic of sin: http://billygraham.org/grow-your-faith/topics/religion-philosophy/sin/

      An article on sharing your faith, including how to explain our need for Christ: http://billygraham.org/story/sharing-your-faith-101/

      We hope these are helpful!