Originally posted by AQuestion
reply to post by jude11
Every day there are countless threads of Bible Thumpers spreading their doctrine while the atheists only respond.
LOL. Okay, so somebody starts a post asking other Christians about their opinion in the Spirituality Forums and some Atheists decide to go on that
thread to say that the OP is delusional, there is no God and that they are bad people. Do you actually believe that adds to anything? There are more
insults hurled at people for asking or answering a spiritual question then for people starting threads on how alien lizards control the world.
I actually laughed out loud when I read this. Nicely said, AQuestion.
And, I think as Christians we need to concentrate more on praying for people who have not yet learned the Truth. Nobody is saved because they are
good, or because they are better than anybody else. We are saved because we have repented of our sins, and we have been forgiven. If our entering
into Heaven was decided by our own merit, nobody would make it. Not one single person. And anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool.
Any person claiming to be a Christian should know that they are not supposed to tell every person they are trying to convert that they're going to
hell for not changing right away. Instead, if the person is not open to accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Christian should pray for them. The
Holy Spirit will work on their heart. Hopefully they decide to accept it before it's too late.
Sometimes it is tempting to get into confrontation on ATS and elsewhere with someone who tries to get into a debate with you about being a Christian.
That is why I have adopted the habit of posting and not coming back to see if anyone has responded to my posts (so please, if anyone wants to ask me a
question at some point, send me a private message). I honestly could not tell you if anybody has ever disagreed with me, although I guarantee they
have. To get into a debate with someone would just push them further and further from actually wanting to accept Jesus, and that is something I do
not want to do.
Christians need to remember that eternal souls are at stake, so while one may think they are gaining a point against an atheist, etc., by debating
with them, they are in fact helping secure the fact that person may never accept our Lord and Savior. That is something we will have to answer for
One thing I always think of when the subject comes up about Christians VS Atheists is this: If anyone in the entire history of this world has had a
chance to condemn someone, it was Jesus Christ when He was arrested, tortured, and murdered. He died the most humiliating death one can endure. The
fact that water and blood both came out of the wound inflicted in His side in two separate streams is scientific evidence that Jesus died literally
from a broken heart. Yet, one of the last things He spoke before He died was, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do."
Those people tortured Him. They beat Him, they spit in His face, they pulled His hair out, the shoved a crown of thorns on His head, then they
murdered Him. But, He prayed that they would not be held accountable for doing what they did.
We Christians need to keep that in mind. This isn't about gaining points against someone. It isn't about proving anybody wrong for the sake of
making the other person look stupid or to feel good about oneself. This is in no way a contest to prove who is right and who is wrong. This is about
getting as many people as we possibly can to join us in Heaven.
We are required to answer questions when they are asked of us. But, we should do it as prayerfully as possible. By doing so, we show by example that
we are that which our Lord asks of us. We then become the "light of the world." If we are prayerful, humble, meek, and last but certainly not
least, knowledgeable, then that will make others be more open to hearing what we have to say. If they then still choose to not accept the free gift
of eternal life by the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, then that is their decision. Not that it's a good thing; we will still pray for them,