Discussion Board 2 First we should start up a conversation with them. Take time to ask them about their background, beliefs, interests, or other things of that nature. “Understanding a person’s worldview can help you to communicate with them better as well as help you understand what they believe and why they act in certain way. ” (Gutierrez & Weider, 2011, p. 66) Make sure you are actively listening. After that, the conversation could be led to beliefs or common backgrounds. At this point tell the person your beliefs in detail.
Usually people are willing to listen you what you have to say when you are willing to listen to what they have to say. People with Islamic views are going to have complications when trying to talk with them. Their view of Jesus is different than how we see Him. They do not deny that Jesus existed and that he was a prophet of God. They do not deny that Jesus was born of a virgin. Although, they do not believe Jesus was a deity or God in human form. With this information we need to arm ourselves with proof that Jesus Christ is the only Son of God and he was crucified and he did resurrect from the grave.
Also, they do not deny the relevance of the Bible and it being the authority of God. They do believe that men corrupted the Bible and Mohammed came to restore the Bible. (Caner, 2008, p. 280) These barriers are very challenging because their belief is similar to ours. When we talk about Jesus and the Bible we need to be clear that we are talking about the Christian Bible and the belief system the Christian Bible shares. The personal challenges I have usually boils down to not having the courage and patience to engage people so I can present the Bible to them.
A great comfort to this is 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. I want everyone to know about our Savior, but I do have a hard time breaking the ice or even approaching someone. The Islamic religion is very foreign to me and I did not really know what they believed until I had to read up on them. I am currently armed with new knowledge of their belief and it may take a few tries, but one thing I am is persistent.
The greatest challenge out of the two would have to be patience when talking with a person with Islamic views. I know praying for patience would help greatly in this need. Works Cited Caner, E. (2008). Islam. In E. Hindson, & E. Caner, The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (p. 280). Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers. Gutierrez, B. , & Weider, L. (2011). Consider. Virginia Beach, VA: Academx. Reply To Alcidea Lakhavani It is really awesome that you had the opportunity to show God’s love for the people in Indonesia.
I too feel scared or even sometimes hesitate to approach a non-believer. You had very informative information when it came to dealing with their belief of no Holy Trinity. This was a great tool shown on how to go about talking with a person that is a Muslim. Mark, Luke, and John are very powerful and I think can weigh the heaviest on someone’s heart. I think all religions can get a bit defensive about their own beliefs, especially if they have believed that for a long time. I have a friend that I try to speak to about Christ, but his ears are shut.
It is a hard thing to see when you know the truth and consequences, but I have to be patient just like you need to continue to be with your relatives and friends. Reply to Rebekah Collier I think dealing with Secular Humanism is an interesting subject. A person that solely believes in science is a foreign idea to me. I too grew up being taught about Jesus and the Bible. A Secular Humanist most likely is going to want proof which is why the second law of thermodynamic is going to a major stepping stone. It is kind of hard to step into their shoes, so to speak.
I believe God will give us clarity on these types of issues. You have some great points about the second law of thermodynamics, but even if a good relationship is built some people are just not going to listen. 1 Timothy 4:16 says it best, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. ” If they do come to realize that there actually is a God then we need to be prepared with more knowledge for questions like why would God love me?