When having a one to one discussion with one open to spiritual things, we can use questions to probe beyond initial, negative comments or misconceptions.. Is his view supportable or is he just passing along some idle talk? Urban myth?
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red as crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1.18).
Sue, on the network radio program, Point of View offered these four questions, if memory serves.
- What do you mean by that?
- Where did you get that information?
- How do you know it’s true?
- What if you are wrong? – Point of View radio program
- To gain a balanced perspective, what Christian books have you read on this subject?
- Can you explain to me the difference in a Sunday Christian and a heart Christian?
- Do you know the difference between being religious and having the assurance of eternal life? Could I take a few moments and explain that to you?
- Have you got the peace, joy, victory and purpose that you want?
- “Do you know for certain which way you would go if you died in two minutes?” — adapted from Evangelism Explosion
My conversational objective with many a stranger: If permitted, I want to help a person to understand if they are lost or saved. A good doctor does diagnosis before treatment. Each one deserves to know. I grew up 90 percent religious, but 100 percent lost. It took me 31 years to realize that I was still outside God’s family, His forgiveness and blessings. No wonder my life was not going anywhere.