Many Christians struggle with being obedient to this verse, because they are ill-equipped to answer many of the skeptics questions. Some retort by stating that they just have faith and dont need a lot of evidence. I do not doubt that they are very sincere in their response, but in order to fulfill the biblical mandate to preach the Gospel and be ready with answers, they need to move beyond their present situation.
In my experience, most skeptics ask some very intriguing and important questions, and are sincerely looking for answers. Yes, occasionally youll run into those who have no real interest in getting responses to their questions; they are merely hoping to intimidate us with their condescension, sarcasm and self-assurance. Too often, this tactic proves to be very effective, resulting in the believer being embarrassed and shaken in their faith, while the skeptic is empowered and feels even more justified in his or her skepticism.
Here are a number of questions/claims that I have heard over the years to which many Christians have no credible, well-reasoned response. (As you read through this list, ask yourself, How would I personally respond?)