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Destroying The Doors of Judgment

Updated on July 10, 2013

It seems to me that many "Christians" are like people who have just quit smoking. Suddenly all smokers are "bad" people and now that I am a non-smoker, I am suddenly "better" than you.

I have questioned people as to why they don't attend church. I know some are just excuses because of guilt and their own prejudices, but many of the answers fall back on the "Christians" they have been in contact with.

I watch as "Christians" argue their faith in forums and in other places. I see it on the forum here on hub pages all the time. Did Jesus argue? Do you really think you will change a person's mind by arguing?

It says in the Bible that I read that we are to let the Holy Spirit do the work. We are to listen to God and plant seeds. We are not the harvester. We are not the judge as to whether a person has "got it" or not.

When I started searching, it wasn't any single person who showed me the truth; it was many and the Holy Spirit. People that argued were immediately "shut out". It was through people just "loving" me that I accepted Jesus as my Lord.

Words and actions are noticed by non-believers all the time. Are you representing Christ or a preconceived notion of how a Christian should act.

Do you know any waiters or waitresses? Ask them about Sundays in their place of employment. Most will tell you that the after church crowd can be the worst. I am told they are mean and demanding and don't usually tip what the norms are. What a great way to show Jesus to the lost.

Here is a bit of advice; empathy should be used. Before you do or speak, put yourself in the other person's shoes. How would you take what you are about to say or do? I sometimes wonder if "Christians" are not the worst enemy of fulfilling the Kingdom.

Here is a prime example: after my Grandson, Jonathan, was killed, I decided I needed a church family. I went to a church and was met by a woman who asked, "Can I help you?". How would you take that question? I know she meant well, but I just wanted to say, "You can't help me, only God can." I instead kept my mouth shut and just found a chair. As I had already accepted Jesus, I didn't take it to heart, but what if I was searching? I probably would have run away from that building as fast as I could.

Sometimes as "Christians" we think it is our job to save the world. It isn't. We are to share, but not beat people up with the Word.

I find just conversing with people, they will bring the subject up and then you can share your faith. Offer a seat the next service, but don't be hurt or angry if the answer is no. God will work on them.

I have learned to just bypass forums and other avenues that try to "fire up" Christians. That is what Satan wants. If you are arguing, you are not showing love.

For anyone to claim atheism is ,to me, a cry for help. I actually don't believe there is any true atheist. Put them in a tough situation and the first words will be help God. Their cry for help is not a cry for a debate or argument. Such bickering will only reinforce their negative thoughts of Christians.

I am sure this hub will probably get responses of both kinds. Good and bad.

How about we consider our words and actions and how they are perceived by the lost. Are you helping people find Jesus or are you driving them far away?

As for the woman who met me at church, we are good friends to this day. We will all make mistakes but learning from those mistakes and not doing them again is key.

Remember, LOVE is the answer-the only answer. You see, God,Jesus,and the Holy Spirit are LOVE.

God's Love= allowing His Son to hang on a Cross for you and me.

Jesus' Love= Willingness to be tortured and killed for you and me only to come back to show us there is life after death.

Holy Spirit's Love= A willingness to still help us even when we falter. Always with us, guiding and nudging.

All thanks to the Holy Trinity.

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    • ahbless profile image

      ahbless 

      7 years ago

      God sends people to witness to others about Jesus, but most people claiming to be Christians don't know what God's Christian is and they don't know how to witness God's truth to others, but God can use people to teach people how to be real Christians. Allah is not God. Acts 11:26 sums up what a Christians and gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke and John show what Jesus' Disciples did. God uses His word to teach us His ways of doing things. We need to follow it as Psalm 119:11 and KJV Colosians 3:16 explain.

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      James 

      7 years ago from Evansville, Indiana

      Voted up and useful, great hub. Happy to see you passed the test.

    • lisadpreston profile image

      lisadpreston 

      7 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      I like the smoker comparison. One of my pet peeves is ALL REFORMED PEOPLE. If we really trust the holy spirit then I think he is able to make the blind see and we don't have to be so forceful. This was a great hub and it needed to be said. How are you doing Froggy? You are in my thoughts and prayers and I do worry about you. Love and hugs.

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      Christine 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      Hi froggy, I have never thought of the comparison of new non smokers to Christians, but it does fit. I think we are all guilty of it at times without intention. This hub is a good example of how God wants us to be toward others, especially those who do not know Him.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image

      QudsiaP1 

      7 years ago

      This is such a wonderful hub and I love it how you point out to the fact that has become an all too common sight.

      Very important to not belittle anyone, only God knows who is the better person.

      Vote up!

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      Shelvajay 

      7 years ago from If You Know Me Personally, You Know Where I Am...

      I am feeling this Hub!!!!! I am going to bookmark!!!!

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      gr82bme 

      7 years ago from USA

      froggy well done. I like "It seems to me that many "Christians" are like people who have just quit smoking. Suddenly all smokers are "bad" people and now that I am a non-smoker, I am suddenly "better" than you.

      Very well put

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      A great read froggy and thanks for sharing. Carry on writing and I will carry on reading.

      Take care.

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      Cathyrin 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      I love Casting Crown music! Voted you up and awesome hub here.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      7 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Is this a test of my resolve? I will not argue, but I will say that Jesus is the Son of God and in being so He is God

    • munirahmadmughal profile image

      munirahmadmughal 

      7 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan.

      "Destroying-The Doors of judgment".

      The hub is informative, educative and suggestive of the course for self reformation.

      Jesus the son of Mary (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and on all the Prophets of God). Peace be on his mother, the most virtuous lady. Both have been mentioned with full respect in the Holy Qur'an.

      You have correctly analysed the human behaviour.

      The Holy Qur'an says:

      "He it is who enables You to travel through land and sea, till when You are In the ships and they sail with them with a favourable wind, and they are glad therein, Then comes a stormy wind and the waves come to them from All sides, and they think that they are encircled therein, they invoke Allâh, making their faith pure for Him alone, saying: "If You (Allâh) deliver us from this, we shall truly be of the grateful."

      [10:22]

      The Holy Qur’an also guides to avoid debate or arguing without sound knowledge. It says:

      And among men is He who disputes about Allâh, without knowledge or guidance, or a Book giving light (from Allâh),

      [22:8]

      See You not (O men) that Allâh has subjected for You whatsoever is In the heavens and whatsoever is In the earth, and has completed and perfected his graces upon you, (both) apparent (i.e Islâmic Monotheism, and the lawful pleasures of This world, including health, good looks, etc.) and hidden [i.e. one's faith In Allâh (of Islâmic Monotheism) knowledge, wisdom, guidance for doing righteous deeds, and also the pleasures and delights of the Hereafter In Paradise, etc.]? Yet of mankind is he who disputes about Allâh without knowledge or guidance or a Book giving Light!

      [31:20]".

      May God bless all.

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