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Though I think you're response has good intent, it's pretty arrogant to say Agnostics are either lost or choosing ignorance. Why is it impossible to be convicted in the fact that there's no sure answer and life/guidance is lead from within.
Because guidance from within is Gnosticism, the search for hidden/secret wisdom, and not Agnosticism which is the admittance that some things are unknowable (like God). An agnostic can not know by definition, while a gnostic defines it themselves.
U misunderstand. Ur advice 2 Casey then - tell them 2 jump into something they don't believe, insult, interrogate & then batter w scripture. U ever think they're happy w their belief & self? Think u can actually have a "nice"discussion like t
Gnosticism and Agnosticism are clearly defined, in just the way I have defined them. I'm sorry if you don't agree with the definitions, but it is what it is. Definitions aside, I can say what I want, and if you don't like it don't listen.
She asked how to respond...no one asked for definitions...your advice is poor and Casey, if you wish to connect with this person, please choose a slightly less condescending way. Otherwise, they may just "say whatever they want" too.
The question was how to respond to an AGNOSTIC as a Christian. That's different than responding to a Gnostic, so yes the definition matters. Because if someone asks you how to drive a car, you don't hand them instructions on how to fly a helicopter.
Aside from the fact that you're the only one who mentioned Gnostic...I wouldn't start or respond to a religious conversation with anyone of any belief with those tactics. I believe you'll simply shut them off to you if so.
"Why is it impossible to be convicted in the fact that there's no sure answer and life/guidance is lead from within."
Gnosticism is inner/hidden knowledge. You mentioned it, so that's why I did. Agnosticism is more about physical proofs.