"Preaching" should only be done in church, for people who believe. Doing this to others will most often result in resentment, or thinking you're crazy. We have our own beliefs already and you can only change the weak-minded.
10 months ago
Last edited at 9:18PM on 2/26/2013
The biggest issue that atheists and even most Christians have is the idea that the when a person is "preaching" to them, that person is telling them they are wrong. No one wants to be told that they are living their life incorrectly, that they should be doing things another way, or that what they believe is wrong. When people who preach get really ugly and start in with the hell fire and damnation, that really just pushes people away further. You can present your beliefs to people, just don't do it in a forceful or threatening manner. Don't accuse, the Spanish Inquisition tried it an it didn't work. Most importantly, keep an open mind about religious philosophy. The old perspective of religion is changing. Science proves new information everyday but that doesn't mean that religion and science can't coexist. Evolution is a hot button: who ever said evolution isn't a tool of gods? And which religion has it right? It's arrogant to think that Christianity has all the answers. Christianity has many, but I believe, like most, that every religion has a piece of the puzzle towards peace, love, understanding, and forgiveness among all of humanity. Remember that we are a young species, we humans: we still have a lot to learn and we make mistakes. Don't be quick to judgment. Remember the golden rule at all times. remember Christianity's bloody place in history: the Spanish Inquisition? The crusades? Remeber how much influence from other religions Christianity has borrowed from: from peagans to the Egyptians to the Jews. And remember that some of the worst atrocities ever committed were done in the name of religion.
Sharing your faith is one thing, but preaching to someone is another. Simply tell one of your own experiences with God, what He's done for you, the changes that He's made in your life, the things He's brought you through, and the love He has for us.
You NEED NOT preach something as truth, which even you cannot prove to be true. Truth needs no heraldry. we do not need preachers to tell us the truth that the sun shines. If your god is true, who ought to be infinitely more obvious than the shining sun, preaching is unnecessary. And if your god is false, it's sheer waste of your time to preach for him, and loss of our time to listen to your preaching. If there be an omnipotent and omnipresent god of serene universe, he should be perfectly capable to take care of his own business without the feeble marketing of finite preachers as you, to reveal himself to all his children equally.
Man needs teachers infinitely more than preachers. It's far more important to teach a child than to preach for God, and I will tell you why. If he is God you cannot help him, but you can plant a little flower of happiness in every footstep of that child by the seeds of knowledge. If something can be proven, preaching is unnecessary; if something cannot be proven, preaching for faith in it is infamous; and in the presence of the sheer unknown, everyone is equally right to reason, rely or reject anything.
Matthew 28:19,20 (ASV) "Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
Matthew 24:14 (ASV) "And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come."
Matthew 10:11-14 (ASV) "And into whatsoever city or village ye shall enter, search out who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go forth. And as ye enter into the house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, as ye go forth out of that house or that city, shake off the dust of your feet."
Jesus said to preach. It should be done respectfully, and if people don't want to listen, then move on.
10 months ago
Last edited at 6:44AM on 2/27/2013
Leah, it HAS to be through relationships. And I'm sure you understand how we just don't take some stranger's advise on something as serious as our personal beliefs (or unbeliefs) in God. But you would seriously consider what your Grandmother, or mom and dad, or a really close friend would say, because you trust them and know their motives would be selfless. Therefore, my advise would be to start with those closest to you as a way of getting used to discussing Spiritual things, because you are going to get asked questions by unbelievers that can intimidate you and shut a sincere effort right down if you don't watch out. I can tell you some stories...and sometimes I felt so rejected and like I didn't properly stand up for Jesus...and I could just go on and on!!! And people who know you might differ in opinion a little or a lot, but at least they would be nice to you! Plus You're on a great website for Spiritual discussions, and you will get plenty of practice talking with people of differing opinions, that's for sure! And then, after you're practiced up, and when you're ready, I think that God will send people to strike up conversations, and to ask you questions that can lead to them discovering Truth for themselves. Leah, some people plant the seeds of faith, others come along and water the seeds, somebody else will harvest. That's why Christ needs a Body, many members play their parts, and it's all for His Glory! Way to go girl! You're on your way! Bye! Beth
Matthew 24:14 " And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (New International). And also Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." (Revised Standard Bible) People that are serious about the Bible follow this command, one bible verse says "even to the end of the world." And as some already mentioned it can be done in a variety of ways. But it's not going to stop.