jump to last post 1-9 of 9 discussions (9 posts)

Should a Christian forget his old friends (non-believer) when he became a believ

  1. orlansison profile image61
    orlansisonposted 7 years ago

    Should a Christian forget his old friends (non-believer) when he became a believer?

    I have some friends they are really good friends but they are not in Christ.

  2. CoauthorU profile image77
    CoauthorUposted 7 years ago

    Trust the fact that most of them will forget you.

  3. Christian H. profile image70
    Christian H.posted 7 years ago

    It might depend some on whether they're actively going to be a temptation to return to previous ways.  If you have to choose between a friend and Jesus, you know who you have to choose.

    On the other hand, I do really believe that God wants us to love others, and I believe that friendship is a good thing.  You have the potential to be a force for good in your friends' lives, both just by being a loving and supportive friend (the sort of friend that Christ was), and by being an example of the Christian life.

    I would personally say that unless you feel like your own soul is in danger, that you should keep an old friendship alive.  But of course I don't know the specifics here.

  4. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 7 years ago

    No easy answer to this one.  Are the friends law-biding, upright citizens or the bad people to hang with.  You have to consider the fact that being around old friends may be a form of evangelism--you can lead by example but don't bug them about converting.  That chases people away big time.

    On the other hand, if your friends might tempt you to act in a way contrary to your faith, you need to stay away.

  5. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 7 years ago

    No A Christian Should Not Forget Their Old Friends, Regardless Of Their Beliefs Or Non-Beliefs, Keeping Intouch Will Give The Christian The Opportunity, To Continue To Share His Faith, Simply By Keeping Intouch And Not Turning Their Back.

  6. optimus grimlock profile image61
    optimus grimlockposted 7 years ago

    no,because if there truly friends they'll support your decision and visa versa!

  7. Shepherd 48 profile image60
    Shepherd 48posted 7 years ago

    "Forget" is probably too strong a word. God may want to use us to help our unbelieving friends to become believers. The crust of the matter is how much effect these friends have on you. Can you help them move toward God, or will they help you move away from God. If you are a new believer the Bible calls you a babe in Christ. You are not yet strong in the Lord and the power of His might. You'll need someone spiritually stronger than you to help you discern the effects of the relationships in your life. You'll need to "feed" daily on God's Word - the Bible. Your strength comes from that and from the time you spend in prayer. Obviously also you'll need to hook into a good, Bible-believing church. There's where you'll find new friends, especially if you discover you must move away from the old ones.

  8. profile image0
    bobnplanoposted 7 years ago

    To answer your question, absolutely not!  As a new Christian you certainly want to associate yourself with other believers as much as you can.  You will be learning all the time the ways of Christ.  At the same time Christ commands us to go into all the world and share the gospel with those who are non believers.  This is an excellent opportunity for you as a new Christian to interact with your non believing friends to let them see how Christ has changed your life.  You have to remember that you may be the only Bible your non believing friends will ever see.  You would do well to utilize this opportunity every chance you get.

  9. profile image47
    thewordofgodposted 7 years ago

    Why should a Christian forget his old friends and families? If you do that, then you're like the Jewish Pharisees who kept the other sinners away from them. Jesus spent time with the sinners because he knew they would all be saved from their sinful flesh when they die and get new immortal bodies in paradise. Christianity doesn't save you from anything except to put yourself at a distance from other sinners. Why be like the hypocrite Pharisees when you can spend your time with your friends and family?If you're truly one of God's chosen people, he will do all the work to make you a sinless saint that can speak for him.