If someone stopped at your house unannounced and it was near mealtime, would you feed them?
Before you just say, "Yes," do you like having uninvited guests over?
Do you like the chance to make everything look nice first?
My guess is, you would probably like to have your house cleaned up first.
In the previous post, Craig mentioned something about abstaining from those who don't have the truth.
It's in the scriptures. But what does it mean.
Avoid people who don't know the truth?
Or if you end up in pointless disputations, it might be better to move on?
I'll go with the second one.
Talking to someone of a different faith allows us to understand each other better.
Now I can see people's little red flags going up. Understand them?! What for?!
Before you accept Jesus, does He understand you?
Does He agree with you?
Well, that is a different answer.
MikeT had a good point that I was trying to convey.
If something that someone is talking about it truth, it is truth.
There will be error in with it, to be sure.
But we ALL have that problem.
In the process of talking to another you will be in communication,
which allows you to share the truth you know.
You go with JRazz's option:
"Jesus said He is the way the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father except through Him.
"And Muhammed is the holder of all truth revealed to man and to find your way to God you should look to him and his writings."
"Those two things cannot be both true as they are contradictory in nature and that is not a characteristic of truth."
Since the second statement contains error, JRazz has thrown out the baby with the bath.
I propose that if someone really studied the writings of Mohammed, they would be able to "find their way to God" as in the quote.
Because if there is truth, and there is some in there, and someone reads it, they will also notice some things that aren't right.
The Holy Spirit isn't just hovering around Bibles.
God's Spirit is everywhere.
God wants everyone to be saved and takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked.
God will guide them to the truth.
I have more faith in that than in me going to Iran and being able to share it.
The truth is already there.
Some parts just aren't as clearly visible.
Which brings me to this.
We have freedom in our world and are able to share the truth we know.
Often times, with the power and freedom others do not have.
Those of you who are adamant on your sharing techniques (and those who aren't), I would ask a question.
If you were in the middle of Iran, and you were taught all the things they are taught, how would you view the self-righteousness you see coming from over here?
Really think about it.
To be honest, they would act just like some of us do.
They might listen politely, but would have the ulterior motive of getting their point across.
Each person thinks they are right.
That includes them and you and me.
I know for sure that God is right.
And going by the views I see here, God will either condemn you for not living perfectly by His standards,
I'm going with the 'not'.
Grace is not fair.
Grace is one of the most unfair things I know of.
Yet I will live in it.
It is where God has placed me.
And I am so very glad.
I've got a messy house today.
But hopefully some Mormons or Witnesses will stop by today.
And instead of trying to be right, I can listen to them, try to understand their pain, and help them to really understand what the grace of God is all about.
And maybe they will be able to help me understand the same thing.
Because I haven't cornered the market on truth.
When you have, you are done learning.
You have arrived.
I know I still have a long way to go.
P.S. WW, my mini-vacation was VERY good. Thanks for the blessing.
P.P.S. I thought this was appropopriate