Originally posted by adjensen
reply to post by autowrench
I am an apologist, not an evangelist. When people spout nonsense (like claiming that the Piso family wrote the Bible, lol,) I will refute it, but as
to what you believe...
I don't care. That bugs some people, but I truly don't. What you believe or don't is between you and God, it's really none of my affair. I know
that there are those who point out that Christians are charged with spreading the good news, but I suppose that I do that, in my own way, and St. Paul
points out in Romans 12:6 that we all have different gifts, and mine is apparently not caring about converting people, but correcting misstatements of
I think the OP has it in mind that it's supposed to be 'All christians are supposed to actively reap souls for God" in the way that it comes out in
words. I guess some people look at words and take the absolute litteral meaning rather than understand how the words are used to note something
similar but not the same. It's not really twisting words so much as ignoring what they mean and taking it litteral rather than understanding the
concept as a whole.
When I was growing up, I had a dvout non-denomination christian friend. He believed he was supposed to spread the word to save as many as possible,
as the OP has put. But, the idea behind it wasnt to go out and beat the devil out of someone, it was to spread the idea behind the words that were
given directly or indirectly, however you believe, to others so that Gods love is shared among all.
I take this as something akin to this.
Jimmy, go out into the world and bring people back to God.
- Jimmy goes out and starts hanging out with the failures, the druggies, the bumbs, the convicts, the rejects, and the regular kids down the street.
He pulls together various tournaments for the children, donations for the hungry, blankets for the bumbs, words of wisdom for convicts and direction
for what they can do with their lives after jail.. and so forth.
What Jimmy did was spread the love that God gave him. He didnt preach. He didnt do anything of the sort. He was just there for them, helped when he
could and loved, cared and enjoyed their company. He didnt need to preach.
At some point, some of those people may have asked him why, or may have wondered. If any had seen a bible in his back pocket, a cross around his
neck, of if he answered any questions of why, they may have known. He could have just said....
"God made it known to me that there are others around me who need care more than I and it's my part in life to do that for others as others and God
have cared for me.. to the best of my ability". He wouldnt have to preach, disctate scripture, or even if he made mention of some that would apply
to the cituation or any words of wisdom, as christians often do, crimeless of course..... Those people may realise and may become aware and maybe,
and this does happen, one or more of those people may in turn, do the same or join him in doing the same.
Say.. one of those guys, kids, get in an accident the next day, passes on.. Then I would say... If that person took up the cause also, then yes...
Jimmy helped saving that guy. He may even directly responcible for his conversion and his path to the hereafter based on what he done with his
actions, not his words.
I tend to follow in the footsteps of those above me that are rightouse. Naturally and unknowingly, we follow those we adore, look up to... For me,
this person would have to be gentle, kind, loving.. etc. If I had and did follow someone of that sort, then why should they not take part in the
feelings of good as they may have had influenced me to be the way I am now, or will be.
So since you can influence without words... I would assume the same is possible with Godly people. Matter of fact, I've seen it much of my life. It
only takes a person to look at the good around them, rather than bash it to the ground because they dont know it's name or origin.