I currently work for a secular university, but I do work with several Christians. Recently some faculty members moved onto my hall who are most definately not Christian. They are "nice people", but they are all rather rabid about "those Christians who push their beliefs onto other people." I suspect this is no accident, btw. The individual who hired this particular group of people is rather rabid anti-Christian. In any case - from time to time they forget where they are, and today was one of those days. They held one of their anti-Christian discussions loudly in the office across the hall from me. I was trying to decide how to handle the situation in a godly manner when I started really listening to what they said and it intrigued me, from a Christian point of view. Apparently there was an evangelist or student in the "free speech" area of campus this week, loudly proclaiming that people around him were going to hell. There were also, this same week, Gideons, and a student evangelist who spoke of the love of the Christ. The thing that caught my attention was the comment of one of the professors. I can't quote him word for word, but basically he said, "The Gideons were such nice men. You could tell by speaking to them that they are very gentle spirited men and very articulate. They didn't wish anyone harm, they weren't trying to shove their faith down your throat. They came across as wanting to share something they believe is wonderful. It almost made me want to listen to their speaker." At which point the other person chimed in, "You know, I've been on a lot of campuses, and I've heard a lot of Christians talk, and there are some of them that have this.. view of God, that is a God I really would want to know. Like that student the other day who was saying that he has an awesome God, and was talking about love and caring for people. I would like a God like that if I had a God." To which the first person responded, "Yes, exactly. If there really is a God, and he is like the student that was with the Gideons, I would WANT to know him. But these hell fire and brimstone gods - - they reek of superstitious ancient and ignorant societies. Even if there is a hell, I'd rather go there than be forced to worship someone out of fear of hell." To which the second person responded, "Exactly. What is the difference in the hell-fire-man's god, and in some dictator like Hitler. I don't think there is a god, but if there is, and he is the god that the kid was talking about, I'd like to know him." Now that I've heard it.... I'm trying to pray about it and process it. I think there is a reason God let me over hear that conversation.