Christians are unable to understand
Over the last few days I have convinced that most Christians are unable to understand the atheist, agnostic, struggling with their faith Christian point of view. It is the reason why I believe that Christians fail to change peoples’ beliefs or understanding.
I believe the major reason for this has to do with Gods word. I believe that Christians fail to understand that if someone does not believe in God or does not believe in the accuracy or truthfulness of the Bible, quoting from it will not change the person whom they are communicating with.
Why would I say that? I have been open with my struggles with my faith. My belief that there is a God and that He loves me. So when two of my friends tried to reason with me they quoted from the Bible, the same Bible that I was struggling to believe. Their reasoning had no base with me to convince me they were right. And this is coming from someone who a few weeks ago would have told you that the Bible is God’s word. It is a holy sacred book. Just imagine how someone will react to Bible verses being quoted to them when they believes that the Bible is just any book that teaches morality at best because there is no God.
A couple weekends ago when I spent a Sunday with one of my best friend and his family he took an opposite tactic with me. He just talked with me. He asked me questions and did not condemn me with my answers. His responses were honest and I realized now they were Biblical based.
That morning, while sitting in his home church, during Sunday school, the Sunday school teacher said that the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say when needed to convey God’s truth, His words. I had understood that I need to memorize verses so when the time comes the Holy Spirit would help me recite those verses to person who needed to hear it. How wrong I was to believing that. A Christian needs to study and know God’s word the Bible, but being able to quote verse after verse is not as important as many make it out to be.
So why do I bring this up. It has to do with something I read this morning. It was a Christian’s response to people like me who argued where was God’s and His love last Friday. He based his argument on Gods word the Bible. He quoted from it. But after reading the comments, I felt he did not reach the people whom he need to reach. Most Christians would say yes you are right. Way to go. But those who did not believe they were empty words.
Maybe that sort of topic needs to be a one on one discussion. A personal discussion. One where it is Biblical based, but not a these are my verses and you just have to believe them type of discussion. Otherwise you just might end up pushing that person farther away from God than where they were at the beginning of the discussion.
On a side note. Over the last few weeks I have continued to struggle with my faith and what I believe in. Last week I prayed more then I had over the last two months before that week. Last Friday I questioned God how could a loving God could allow that to happened. A phrase kept running through my mind during that conversation. A phrase that at one time I thought about trying to write a song around it. It was. I love you. I have always loved you and will always love you. Nothing you will ever do will stop Me from loving you. It was after that conversation with God that I asked God for forgiveness and I asked for His help. I will admit that I am a long ways from where I use to be, but it is a start. I’m still not sure about stuff and where it fits in my life and I know that it still will be a difficult road ahead of me.