"He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us." — 2 Corinthians 5:19-20
Here are four scenarios which Doug Samples created for teaching a course in evangelism.
"I have always had the feeling that Christianity was an ideal that was too difficult for me to ever achieve. I feel like I would never be able to live up to all of the expectations, rules and demands in order to be a true follower of Christ. Being a follower of Christ places impossible demands and expectations that aren't realistic for humans. I'm not interested in being rejected or feeling like a failure again."
"I'm not sure why I'm not a Christian. I do believe in God, but I am just not ready for a daily commitment. I have enough commitments with getting married and with getting into medical school. There are so many rules in my life that I just don't need anymore. There are already tons of people trying to tell me how to live my life."
A twenty year old guy claims to be a Wiccan witch. He believes that he is the highest power and that he chooses his own fate. Wiccans have gatherings, like cult groups. He says that "spells" work if you know what you are doing and you have the right incantations. He believes that the human body is dead from birth. He explained, "From the minute that you are born your body grows, but really you are starting to die. All of your living days you are feeding your body to become a buffet for worms and insects." Life is therefore worthless.
He is very Gothic and says he lives a depressed life. To him, he can't believe in a God for whom there is no proof. He feels also that the Bible contradicts itself the whole way through. He said that he likes being depressed and that he doesn't want to change. He has a lot of doubts and feels trapped in a lifestyle. He told me that Christ didn't die for him, that Christ died because he got caught so they killed him.
He then dropped the bomb on me. "Where was God when my six-month-old sister died?" he asked.
This is a 17 year old guy from California. I asked why he didn't believe in God and he told me because it got in his way. He said there was a certain way that he wanted to live his life, and that God and Jesus and all of that got in the way.
He told me that to believe in God and Jesus takes a full commitment. He said it is something you should do with all that you are, and that he couldn't do that. He was even able to quote scripture where Jesus talked about counting the cost before you join. He said he just wasn't ready, but maybe he would be someday. He had "things to do" before he could give up his life.
"Friends, we have nothing to do but save souls. We have nothing to do but offer new life through Christ. That's our calling, whoever we are. That's our response of faith to the joy of Christ's resurrection." — John Wesley
-- Howard Culbertson
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