posted on Apr, 17 2015 @ 01:20 PM
a reply to: EternalSolace
I created this account specifically for you, because you sounded truly sincere. You have a simple but legit question, yet I can see the many rabbit
holes this thread can take depending on each person's stance in Christianity. I have no intention of coming here to debate/argue about the different
dogmas. My intent is only to share with what I have come to peace with, and hopefully, it will lead you to your own answers: -
1) "Christians" is a blanket term - many Christians don't agree with one another when it comes to dogma. However, most Protestants can agree with
the basic tenets on what defines one as a Christian. Anything beyond that, one will have to learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.
2) Which leads us to - not all Christians believe in Hell. Most Jews, whom Jesus was one himself, do not believe in Hell, at least not the Hell that
(most) Christians believed in.
3) God is written in the Bible as the Father of Compassion. If you feel compassionate about somebody, He probably does. Jesus' own actions and
sayings were against the generally-accepted dogmas of his time, and truly demonstrated that he is the Father of Compassion. Matthew 25:34-46 that you
quoted is a further illustration of this. If you think through the scripture, who was his intended audience? Who addressed Christ as "Lord?" -
definitely not the non-Christians. What was his intended message here?
4) Let's tie all these back to your question - How do we "convert" someone to Christianity? The answer lies exactly in Matt 25:34-46 that you have
quoted. In John 13:34-35, Christ himself said, "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also
love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
Hope this helps.