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Yet again, today I was asked to answer this simple question, and yet again, I feel that I failed to respond to it properly. So I am asking for your help so next time I can simply say, besides saying I just do again, the words that might clarify the issue.
First, let me give you some background. I work with some people whom I love a lot. They are my friends as well as my colleagues. But they call themselves agnostics. They know what I believe. I know that they don't believe, yet they don't exactly disbelieve either. They are on the fence, largely due to Christians who tried to tell them one thing, then did another.
"Why do you believe?" they ask me.
"I just do," I reply. "I know that it's true. I know it." Yet, I can't really explain how I know it, or what it was exactly that led me to my belief. I say Jesus called me and I answered but that isn't sufficient. I present the truths that are contained within the pages of the Bible but they say that book was written by mere men and doesn't present the full truth and wasn't really inspired by God. I say if the full truth were to be presented in book form there wouldn't be enough pages in the world to contain them. I tell them that there are many things I don't understand and can't explain yet I know them to be true and that is where faith comes in. I don't have to know it all to believe it all. I don't think my beliefs should be based on emotions, for emotions are ever-changing and there are times when I pray that I feel I'm not being heard. Just because I don't 'feel' something doesn't make it any less true and real.
"Why don't you believe?" I sometimes counter. I get the usual answers. Science. Make believe. A fairy tale concocted to make people feel better. A lie told to control people. Ah, how can a simple person like me ever stand against the opposition? Not very well, I have to admit.
So I am asking for your help. I want to be able to say the right thing that may point my beloved friends in the right direction without them feeling that I'm beating them over the head or de-valuing them somehow. I want them to see that I respect their right to believe as they do but maybe see the other side. I want them to see Jesus, and they say they do in me, but I want them to see him for themselves. I hope I am making sense here. If they claim to see the goodness that only comes from the savior in me, then how can they not SEE?
What would you say, what do YOU say, when presented with hard questions like this? How do you make it clear? Be advised that all this is taking place in a work environment so time is limited. Why is it so hard to explain something so simple? Why must a thing so simple as a friendship with a creator and savior be confused with science all the time? Why do we make it so hard to understand? Why is it, this personal relationship, so hard to grasp?
If you can help me with this, I would be very appreciative. Please don't respond here but e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your response.
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I tried your email address and was denied like call block. Never seen that feature on email before! any hoo..... My best approach is with science. the bible tells us that in the new heaven and earth there will be no sun. Now how can people two thousand years ago, without microscopes know that in the future, the sun, like all stars will disintegrate? (as in revelation where there will be no sun for god and jesus will be the light!) How can you explain hell, described as a place of utter darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth and eternal fire. What do black holes in space sound like. They suck everything into them, including light and things are never seen again. that kind of sounds like jesus's description of hell, a outer darkness with eternal fire that we can't see! Ask them how these things were described by common men with no knowledge of astronomy. If your friends believe in science but don't believe the bible get "evidence that demands a verdict" this lawyer wrote it to descredit the bible but ended up prooving it!! my next suggestion is to just pray for them. After all, God won't let anyone destined to be a believer get lost!!!!!!!!!!!! good luck. collette