I was listening to my new(old) friend talk one night about a conversation she overheard years ago. A lady was talking with a teenage Hindu high school student. Somehow the conversation turned to religion, and this high school began rejoicing about his religion. With little to combat his sense of pride, the lady proclaimed that if he didn’t get Jesus in his life, he was going to hell. He sat stunned, with nothing else to say. She walked away.
I have had many conversations with people about a relationship with Jesus. I’ve used just about every known salvation presentation. And they all seem to somehow begin by making people feel guilty. The point of those presentations seems to be to scare them out of hell and into heaven.
One day, I ran across a lady and we were just talking about life. She told me she was Catholic but didn’t go very much. “But I’ve really not done much bad in my life and I really don’t feel guilty.” So now what was I supposed to do with her? Double down and do my best to make her feel guilty so I could get to the Hell scenario and ultimately the Heaven option?