Overcoming Secular Humanism with the Gospel
Q. I have been trying to witness to an unbelieving relative I will call “Laura,” but it has been a difficult conversation. After I spoke with her recently about Christianity, she sent me an email with a long description of secular humanism, which was her retort to my explanation of Christianity. What is secular humanism and how do I reach someone who believes this way?
A. First, we commend you for your willingness to engage your family members in this important discussion. We know how challenging it can be to present the Gospel to family members, and we remember Jesus’ words when He said:
Finding Your Way To Heaven?
I’m sure you’ve heard it said before, “Only two things in life are certain: death and taxes.”
Most people aren’t too concerned about taxes (even though we don’t like them). However, death is something that we all face with some anxiety. What happens to us when we die? Do you wonder what comes next? Will you exist at all? Is there a Heaven and a Hell? Many people believe in these places and most people expect they will go up and not down when they die. Is this merely hopeful thinking? Continue reading
Q. If someone does wrong to us but remains unrepentant and won’t admit their sin, how do we show them forgiveness without encouraging them to continue sinning in the same way against us?
A. The Biblical expectation for is for us to act in a manner of a loving heart. Be willing to be quick to turn to God’s word, slow to anger and by the mercy our Lord showed for us we should do so in our forgiveness toward others. We should forgive those who repent and ask to be forgiven:
The Bible teaches that a person need not ask for saving forgiveness more than once. In other words, once we have appealed to God for mercy, trusting upon His Son to save us from the penalty of sin, then we are saved and will never bear the punishment for our sins. As Paul summarizes in Rom. 10:9: “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…” Nothing more is required.
On the other hand, Continue reading