So when does the horror and calamity from ignorant practices require us to take the gloves off? I ask this in apparent contradiction as I am the author of Relational Apologetics: Defending the Christian Faith with Holiness, Respect, and Truth. One might assume my answer. But I think there is a time when gentleness is not an option and respect should not be given. Let me explain. When one that I love is drowning, gentleness is not my concern. I will use whatever force I need to pull them from the raging waters. When one that I love does something evil, I give no respect to their actions or the thinking that caused them. I will expose them for what they are, and sometimes only harsh language can convey the tragedy and folly of wickedness.
Read more at: When Is It Time To Leave Gentleness And Respect Behind?
Jesus’s resurrection is at the very heart of historic Christianity. In fact, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is both a central doctrinal belief of the faith and the primary evidence for the truth of the religion itself. Given the importance of Easter for Christians, it is appropriate for us to consider a dozen evidences for the resurrection of Jesus. For greater depth on these points, see the recommended resources at the end of the article.
1. Jesus’s Empty TombAccording to the Gospels,1 after Jesus succumbed to death through crucifixion, some of his followers prepared his lifeless body for burial and placed it in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb. Three days later the tomb was
I was talking to a friend of mine today, we have differences in the way we view the world, but our talks are always civil. Today’s issue was why people get so angry when they disagree nowadays. It is like they want a real fight!
The woman that I was talking to always wears heels. They are kind of a lifestyle to her. Some time ago, however, she hurt her foot and was suddenly forced to wear flat shoes. Suddenly her centre of gravity was thrown off, and the way her feet moved when she walked had to change. It was a difficult transition for her.
I realized that changing foundational beliefs would be a lot like that.
You build your life around certain ideas, and when one of those ideas are challenged it throws your centre of gravity off. You may have to change whom you trust, how you behave, who you hang out with, you may even start to regret things from the past, that you thought were right at the time… accepting new truths can set off a chain of changes. Many people hate change, and most people hate big changes, even if the change is good, like moving into a better house it throws you off balance and that can make you cranky.
The next time that you try to convince a person of something new, keep in mind that you could be turning this person’s world upside down, a little pushback is to be expected even with reasonable people who are ready to hear what you have to say. Knowing this will make a bad attitude easier to handle.
“We took serious, difficult commands and converted them to cliches. Jesus told us to take up our cross, and we responded by reducing the size of that cross until it fit in our pockets and justified all our worldly actions and beliefs”
Hi, friends. Most of us live in a high-tech, dog-eat-dog world. To be fair, humans have always been selfish and greedy, but perhaps the problem seems worse now because the possibilities of wealth have increased so much. After all, a poor person in America possesses many luxuries that ancient kings didn’t.
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Colossians 4:2-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
Part one of this article covered verses verses 2-4 and some of five.
Col.4:5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time
I have already covered a note book to help you keep track of all your witnessing opportunities and prayer request. Acting wisely and making the most of your time is learning to recognize that some people are not willing to listen to the best defenses of Christianity. At some point during many witnessing opportunities it seems as if nothing you can say will even make that person more friendly toward Christianity, much less become a Christian. You don’t have to keep struggling with them. Matthew 7:6 says as much. “Matthew 7:6 (HCSB)
6 Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.” When you feel that they are making a real effort to turn everything you say into a club to use against you, you are free to graciously back out of the conversation. If you are so inclined you can also ask them that if you could convince them that Christianity is true, would they become a Christian, If they say no, then it isn’t a problem that reasoning with them can solve. It could be that they have a sin in their life that they are not willing to let go of, it could be an issue with a severe trauma that they have faced, or it could mean a misunderstanding about Church and God. If you can help them in the future with this issue you should, but if the conversation has gotten to that point both people might need to calm down a bit, so back out gracefully, pray for them, and try to find appropriate answers for whatever issues they have.
It is also a good idea to give them your e-mail address or Christian website URL in case they want to follow up on your conversation.
Salt isn’t just for seasoning food to make it taste better, before the advent of refrigeration salt was used as a preservative to keep meat from going bad. Your words to non-Christians should whenever possible have the same effect.
Without changing the Gospel itself make it taste as good as possible, in an effort to keep the person’s spiritual life from going bad.
While parts of the Gospel do sting, and we can not take all that sting away, we can minimize some of it’s sting. For example to just point blank telling a person that they are going to Hell, will sting a lot more than telling a person that all people have sinned, including yourself and deserve justice, but God loves us enough that he was willing to take the punishment for us, if we are willing to accept his free gift with gratitude. It is the same message with grace, wisdom, and seasoned in a way that the truth will be more palatable to non-Christians thrown in.