Which group is easiest?

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  1. Sopranette

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    Which group is the easiest group to witness to, for you? I find Catholics are easiest for me, because the love for our Lord, and the basic knowledge of His Word is already there, but they are caught in a web of false doctrine, ritual, and tradition. Once they look past these things, they can see for themselves the path to Salvation. The hardest for me would be the Atheists. It's almost like Atheism IS a god for them, and they will fight for their position tooth and nail!

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    Actually I find Atheists the easiest to witness to. If you begin by showing their 'god' could have a greater than itself it starts a domino effect in most cases. They are usaully all about science, so I use science to show them the possibility of something greater than ourselves or creation for that matter. It is when they acknowledge there can be a possibility of God that begins more spiritual discussions and (for me at least) culminates into their belief of Gods Word and salvation. Secondly, I find JW's almost as fun.

    Methodists, Lutherins, and Catholics are a bigger problem to me, because you have to weed through and out all those previous beleifs they don't want to let go of yet.
     
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    I find skeptics easiest to speak with. Too often their skepticism about the Bible or the Lord Jesus happened because no one ever listened to their questions and just told them to "take it on faith". When I've listened and tried to answer their questions, they become less defensive and more open to Biblical answers.

    I've found catholics nice to talk to because even though we disagree about certain issues, there is a respect for the Bible and for Jesus that isn't there with many mainline protestant unbelievers. They are also easier because many have started questioning the RCC power structure and some doctrines.
     
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    Paul found pagan gentiles easier to witness to than jews. I think that holds true today.
     
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    I found all men who are unsaved stuck in their sin till the Son sets them free.
     
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    I grew up catholic, so i have a pretty easy time sharing my faith with them.
     
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    college students. They are searching and wrestling with 'what is the truth?' That makes it really fun and interesting to talk to them.
     
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    I used to just work on proving people wrong when witnessing, but found people just get defensive and shut down when I do that. So now I try to find the things we can both agree on, and go from there. Most of the time, it's just about taking that next step in faith. Sometimes it's just about planting a seed of doubt in their logic, giving them a little nudge.
    Another difficult group is the Agnostics. The ones who are all about sprituality, but not anything definite. They'll nod in agreement with everything I have to say, but don't really feel any of it, because it's all good.

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    I WAS a card-carrying evangelical anti-Christian atheist until about age 33. I don't know if I was easy target for witnessing or not, but I know the witness of several Christians made a profound impression upon me, even if it took years to bring fruit.

    Oddly enough, I find it hard to witness to atheists. Well, not hard - but it doesn't seem to do much good. Maybe I just won't see the results because it will take just as many years for them as it did for me.
     
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    No group is easy to witness to, but my job isn't to win them...but to be consistent in my attempts to share my story about what God is doing in my life.

    I don't really witness to Catholics any more than other Christian denominations. There are some issues, imho, with presuming that people associated with the Christian tradition are not saved. I do talk with people, even in my own denomination, about Christ and will end up sharing with them if I think they are not saved. :)

    Remember we, Christians, are part of the same tree if not fairly divergent limbs. ;)

    I actually enjoy talking with atheists often about their beliefs and reactions to theism in general and Christianity as a whole. I often recall how CS Lewis was an ardent atheist for a long time until he encountered Christians who lived Christianly before him. I have some great friends who are dogmatic atheists. :)

    thanks for the thread :applause:
     
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    I would imagine little children to be the easiest, no?
     
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    Yes, as they have not developed critical thinking skills. That is manipulation and indoctrination.
     
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    We are to raise our child up in the Lord, how else will they be saved? Yes, it could happen otherwise. Are you saying to wait until they are of a certain age to introduce Jesus? Since we are both baptists, I am assuming you and I agree overall on doctrine.

    Prov 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
     
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    I agree about our own kids. But to witness to children who are not ours:

    1. Violates their parents right to do likewise
    2. Preys on children who have not developed their critical thinking and smacks of coercion and exploitation.
     
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    Those statements are blanket statements MP.
    I am sensitive to children's safety and parents rights but if I get to know them well enough, and feel the children are comfortable with it, I will witness to them. Even if the parents are against it. This is not preying upon them.
    Parents have NO right to keep their children from knowing the Lord. Their rights extend only so far...I will not risk the children's salvation by not witnessing to them. Maybe that is wrong thinking, but I feel it's better to be safe than sorry.

    Knowing God is such a wonderful gift anyways, why keep it from them? But I will add, I DO NOT like pushy people. I don't like people meddling into our business, we are private people. So I am careful to keep boundaries while witnessing to them. I myself, must feel very comfortable with them to really talk of my faith anyways, so I can't coerce a child into anything. But I don't keep my faith a secret to anyone, so everyone is fair game.
     
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    So, you would be alright with it if your child encounters a Wiccan who shares with her the good news that the goddess is in control of the earth, and invites her to attend a coven ceemony?

    I hold that a child's religious training is the parents' perogative. Once the child is older, able to examine things for themselves (read age of accountability), then yes.

    Bottom line is this: If I want my rights respected, I must respect those of my neighbor.
     
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    I don't recall an asterisk in the Great Commission...

    (*not to children that are not ours)
     
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    Then you should not object when other religions target YOUR kids.
     
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    I won't. I don't take my children to their religious gatherings in the first place. If I'm teaching a children's class at my church, and the parents in my church bring their kids to my class, they will hear the Gospel.

    I will not disobey the GC because MP claims I'm manipulating and extorting them.

    You can disobey God's command. You will answer for it someday.
     
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    For loving my neighbor, and respecting their rights? I believe not.

    You never know...maybe a Mormon missionary chats with your children at some point after school...maybe a friend's parents turn out to be Jehovah's Witnesses, who sees it their God given mission to evangelize your offspring. It doesn't have to be a religious gathering. Maybe they are at the library and someone offers them "Watchtower".

    You shouldn't respect your neighbor because I say so. You should because it is the right thing to do.
     

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