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Old 12-01-2007, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Mount Vernon, WA
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...and what their eternal destiny might be when they die if they don't know Jesus as their Savior? Should we just wait for the right opportunities or should we make opportunities? Tell me about a recent conversation and how it went.
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Old 12-02-2007, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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I know that you are looking for folks' wittnessing experiences, but I simply have to ask a question. You wonder if Christians should wait for the right opportunity, or make one. My question is, how does one make the right opportunity? I can't help but wonder not only how but why, a Christian should feel compelled to force a wittessing moment, if you will. What I mean is this, is not a Christian supposed to listen to God's leading, as to whom they should speak, how they should speak, and when they should speak? If one talks about making opportunities, to tell others about Jesus, is that not forcing one's self ahead of God's timing? Kind of jumping the gun, as the saying goes. I mean no disrespect, and perhaps I'm somehow misunderstanding what you are trying to say, but I can only go by what you originally posted, as I read it.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:06 AM
 
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I have often wondered how many people have been turned away from any sort of relationship with a supreme being because someone thinks that they have the duty to "witness."

There's a right and wrong way to go about most things. Talking to someone about their destiny if they don't accept Jesus is one that can go terribly wrong.
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Old 12-02-2007, 07:14 AM
 
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I have often wondered how many people have been turned away from any sort of relationship with a supreme being because someone thinks that they have the duty to "witness."

There's a right and wrong way to go about most things. Talking to someone about their destiny if they don't accept Jesus is one that can go terribly wrong.
I've thought about that too. Sometimes I even feel uncomfortable the way people talk about Christ, and I'm a Christian! I can't imagine how it must feel to someone who doesn't believe...

I'm a firm believer that you can share a lot with people just by your actions. If someone sees you as being "different" in a positive way (helping people, caring, etc.) they might wonder what it is about you that's different and becomw interested in learning more about what you believe.
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:30 AM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Agreed with everyone here! I believe, personally, that the best way to witness as to how Christ has affected my life is to show people on an everyday basis by just living my life the way I do. Being an example to others. Being a teacher when one wants to be taught, not forcing it. Jesus did that, why shouldn't I?
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:57 AM
 
Location: NC
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Hi Aussiegal, I try to share the good news of Jesus Christ as I am able and as God allows, and I pray that God leads and directs me as I share. I use to be very evangelistic in trying to reach out to others because I did believe in eternal hell at that time and I believe that Christians who others believe may go overboard in this way have good intentions. If they didn't care, then they wouldn't try to share what they believe with others. If you believe that you see someone trapped in a burning building you would try to help the person in whatever way you could, I would hope. Now, I try to share as I can about the good news of Jesus Christ and that He came to set us free from our sins and with God's help, I am learning how to live for Him. I try to share that I believe that those who continue to reject Him will suffer the consequences but that I believe that the love of God is what leads us to repentance. I have had opportunities at work and on the internet to share my faith with others, but I believe that it is God who gives the increase in His own time. God bless.

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Old 12-02-2007, 09:21 AM
 
Location: On a road heaven bound !
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Just wanted to share that Christians are commission to go out into the world and share the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Acts 1:8 ; Mark 16:15-16). Yes, the Holy Spirit is the one whom prompts the heart of the Christian. It is not in our strength to do it, (Matt.10:19-20). We are to share the plan of salvation to all through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Yes, it does make individuals uncomfortable on both sides. Some Christians want to shy from sharing also. But at the same time when we are prompt we are to obey--- because of love not duty.
Believe it or not it can be just as difficult for some, sometimes to share as for the one whom is receiving it. I truly speak for myself!
But God knows the hearts and the future of every individual. For He (God) says, His word does not come back void but goes forth and accomplishes that to what it was sent forth to do. Maybe not right at the moment but sometime in the future.
Just like Musincy quoted, I agree with! Sometimes or maybe a lot of times living and walking the life speaks louder then words.
I remember when I became a new believer in Jesus Christ----- O, my goodness! I was so full of zeal of my new founded faith I had to share it with everyone. But as time went on the Lord mature my heart and my ways became much softer! My poor sister in the beginning was so overwhelmed by my zeal, she would just about run and hide from me! LOL! I am one who when I am excited or nervous about anything I talk fifty miles per hour!
Majority of Christian's it is the love in their heart that wants to share! Even if it does seem forceful!!
In His love and blessed hope.
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:25 AM
 
Location: southern california
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did not talk bout my helping convert them to jesus or my own way of belief but talked at length bout jesus something i enjoy very very much, right here on CD yesterday. and i am glad and grateful for the chance to use this lil window to a new and big wonderful world.
thanks for listening

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Old 12-02-2007, 09:30 AM
 
Location: huh?
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why must everyone believe the same thing? why cant we all live our own lives and be satisfied with our differences?
people cant just change to your belief system. it doesnt work that way. it would be like asking a good moral person to all of a sudden start committing crimes and hurting people because some book says to do it.
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:47 AM
 
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...and what their eternal destiny might be when they die if they don't know Jesus as their Savior? Should we just wait for the right opportunities or should we make opportunities? Tell me about a recent conversation and how it went.
Isn't it interesting that I, as an atheist, read and interpretted your question through a totally different lens? --Because my immediate and automatic response was: "Just last week."

But here's the thing: I went to them. I asked the question. No one "witnessed" anything to me. I fully suspect that they had the insight and wisdom to know not to do that. They did not talk to me about my eternal destiny, or about death, or about my knowing Jesus as Savior. I suspect that they knew that if they had, they would have lost me in heartbeat.

You see, we all know where churches are located. We all know who believes. We all know where to go, who to ask, and what to ask, if we feel compelled to do so. I am not sure what your "creating an opportunity" serves, or who it serves...Most of all, I can tell you that by creating that opportunity, you have lost the opportunity.

You see, I am the one who must "create the oppportunity." As well, if you wait for the opportunity, this much I do know:

You had better be prepared to listen. Very little "conversation" is actually needed. -Because in reality, the conversation that matters most has in all likelihood already taken place!

Think about it...

Take gentle care.
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