Witnessing to the very religious

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Odette, Dec 29, 2001.

  1. Odette

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    How would you go about witnessing to a person who already has a very strong, very deep personal faith? I'm asking this because one of my best friends is Hindu, as her family has been for generations, and generations. She is a very observant Hindu, and her faith is really strong. Has any of you ever witnessed to someone like that? Where do you even begin?

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  2. Helen

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    Hi Odette,

    I STRONGLY recommend you get hold of a book written by Rabi Maharaj and Dave Hunt called "Death of a Guru." Rabi was raised Hindu and was very strong in his orientation. He is now a Christian. The book is an excellent description of the Hindu religion as well as what he saw in it and in Christianity. It will help you understand where your friend is 'coming from'. It also makes a big difference if this person converted here in America or is Hindu from India or the Caribbean. The American soft form is harder to get people out of because it is not only deceptive as far as basic truth is concerned, but it is deceptive as far as basic Hindu is concerned as well!

    But whatever you do, get hold of that book. It is well-written and fascinating reading. It's actually hard to put down!

    His actual conversion is here: http://www.leaderu.com/wri/pages/maharaj.html

    The book is here: http://www.tbcorders.org/Templates/frmTemplateM.asp?CatalogID=378&Zoom=Yes&SubFolderId=32
    and can be ordered from them here: http://www.tbcorders.org/default.asp
     
  3. Jamal5000

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Odette:
    How would you go about witnessing to a person who already has a very strong, very deep personal faith? I'm asking this because one of my best friends is Hindu, as her family has been for generations, and generations. She is a very observant Hindu, and her faith is really strong. Has any of you ever witnessed to someone like that? Where do you even begin?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    When I approach people of other faiths, I first prayerfully concentrate on learning about their faith. We talk. I try to find out whatever history that she knows about it and how she came to adhere to it. I ask her about her familial background and any other relevant info that helps me understand her constitution. Secondly, I tell her I'm a Christian, and I share with her what I know about her faith. If I do not know anything, I ask questions to clarify my vagueness on the subject. Third, I ask her if she sees any similiaries and differences between her faith and mine. If she does not know much about Christianity, I introduce her to the basics, espeically emphasizing that you must believe in Christ as God's Only Son for salvation and avoidance of condemnation. I ask her what parts of her faith attract her and what parts of Christianity do not attract her. I tell her what parts of my faith attract me and what parts of her faith do not attract me. In relating my personal experiences, I simultaneously highlight the "good" parts of her faith and juxtapose them with the more superior rewards and benefits of following Jesus. I then let her know that if she ever wants to ask any other questions or if she was just curious about what goes on at my church service to let me know, and I offer my contact information. After that, I'm done. If I see her again, I will talk to her like any other acquaintance. From here on out, the witnessing is all about carrying yourself in way that you explained during your first contact.

    I prefer the "slow and steady" method of witnessing by example and daily routine.

    [​IMG]J5000
     
  4. Rob't K. Fall

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    From the experience of my church, many of the person you are dealing with problably has a false sense of what Christianity really is. As slowly as you are lead, I would simply expose her to The Truth. Just remember that while you are willing to discuss certain matters, you are not there to debate or try to win through logical argumentation.
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