posted on Nov, 27 2009 @ 02:34 PM
Originally posted by gemineye
I think the best way for a Christian to help others is to just be a good example. If you're a nice person and treat people well, others are going to
notice. If you're generous and caring and just there when people need you, that can be all the "witnessing" people need. There's nothing wrong
with inviting people to church, but just leave it at that. The second someone starts getting all preachy and implying that I'm a sinner, there's no
way in this world that I'm going to be convinced to go to your church. I don't mean "you" in particular... I'm just talking about people in
It doesn't matter even if were directing it at me friend. I'm not your typical "christian" who gets offended by anything and everything.
I think that God deserves the glory for what we do. It's to show that He is in our hearts so that we might not take credit for ourselves. If
Christians aren't giving glory to God then they're proclaiming it for themselves by default. So, just being a nice person and treating people well
is not at all testimony to the glory of God. It's a testimony to the glory of self.
I will never begin to get preachy with someone. I will not condemn them and call them sinners, for in their heart they know what they are.
I've been to hundreds of churches, from the smallest of the back woods, one room churches, to the biggest of the churches run by those tv evangelists
and one thing I've noticed about them all is that they preach and preach and preach about everything that is wrong with the world. It's like they
push you to look down on everybody. Why would anyone want to be a part of that? They preach about how bad everybody is what everyone is doing wrong
and then wonder why you don't want to join their church. I'm not directing this at you, A2D... it's just a rant, lol.
But, my point is, if God is love, why are these churches preaching so much hate? We see enough of what's wrong with the world on tv and online, etc.
We don't need to go to church to be reminded of it. Church is supposed to be uplifting and joyous... not a reminder of what's wrong with the
world. End of rant, lol.
I completely agree, that's why I do not attend these churches. Rather, I attend fellowship with like minded individuals. However, to say that God is
love is to limit Him. God is not just love, God is merciful, God is gracious, God is vengeful, and God is righteous, to name just a few. To think that
He will not deny someone for denying Him is the epitomy of arrogance. "God is love, so He can't possibly forsake ME...HIS CREATION..." Yes, He can,
and He will. God will not accept anyone that does not love Him. Why would He make Himself miserable in the presence of these that would deny Him?
I think that most people mean well when they invite people to church, but the second you make them feel as if you are better than they are (by
implying that they're "drowning" or whatever and you're the high and mighty one there to save them) you've already turned them against you and
Christianity in general.
I've never had a holier than thou attitude towards anyone. I only answer when asked. I simply come straight forward, no beating around the bush, with
the solutions to problems, if I have them.... Whether you accept the solutions I present or not, is completely up to the individual. I will not force
it. Not once will I imply that I'm the one to save them. I'm just a messenger.