Convince A Non-Believer
"Knowledge puffs up but love builds up". I will repeat this in as many blogs as necessary to get Paul's point across. The worst possible witness to non-believers are bickering Christians.
As to the OP's concerns: firstly praise God because He has put compassion in your heart for this person. Secondly, as others have pointed out, pray for her and let the Holy Spirit take charge. Thirdly, discern her needs and show her practical love and concern. Trust the Lord and don't be discouraged.
---Benny on 8/5/06|
Jack, Linda and I both responded to you, but I am learning that all you do is nit-pick on people's blogs. Linda explained it VERY well and still you do not "SEE" it? I will pray for you. P.S. There is NO formula for Jesus, so your word FORMULA is null and void in this case.
The word PERSONAL means of or peculiar to a certain person, private, individual, done in person or by oneself without the use of another person. INDIVIDUAL is the key word here.
---Donna9759 on 7/17/06|
Donna--In other words, you cannot find the formula "personal savior" anywhere in the Bible.
That's what I thought. Thank you very much.
---Jack on 7/15/06|
I havn't managed to convince any of my non-believing family yet but have been told, from several directions, that praying for them is the only answer and that God is possibly not going to use me to bring them to Him, but could have someone else 'waiting in the wings' for the honour. I now say little, just answer if asked and live my life in the way that I know I should and I know they notice differences in my life which I hope, in time, they will also want.
---M.P. on 7/15/06|
There is absolutely nothing you can do to convince a non-believer. I have found that the more I hit them with the truth of God's Word, the more they resist. The only thing to do is keep hitting them with God's Word until you feel it is time to stop, and pray for them.
---Helen_5378 on 7/14/06|
Jack, John 17: 21 and 22 says: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. vs 22: And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: BEING ONE WITH JESUS LIKE THIS IS PRETTY PERSONAL, WOULDN'T YOU SAY?
---Donna9759 on 7/14/06|
"I was crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ that lives within me; and the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
The "I" and "me" there sounds pretty personal, particularly when used by a man who was used to "we" and "us".
---Linda6563 on 7/14/06|
Donna: Will you please tell me where the formula "personal Saviour" appears in the Bible?
---Jack on 7/13/06|
I would say to them: Just "taste and see" that the Lord is good. "Try Him" by asking him questions, praying to Him, talking to Him like He's your best friend. Does this person not think they need Jesus as a personal savior? What about asking them, "If God were to say to you today, why should I let you into my heaven, what would you say to him?" IF they don't give you the right answer, then pray and fast for them. Amen? and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.
---Donna9759 on 7/13/06|
You cannot convince anyone. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. You already did all you can do. Now, pray, pray and pray some more for her heart to be softened to the Truth of God's love. Love her, and pray some more. Love her more and pray even more.
---Madison1101 on 7/12/06|
Chances are you already planted a seed and didn't know that you did. She says she doesn't believe in God but when things go wrong and she is in trouble or she is sick, she is asking you to pray for her and trying to get a hold of everyone she knows that is a Christian. Her heart isn't set in stone and God has ways of changing the heart of people.
---Rebecca_D on 7/12/06|
Pray and ask God to soften her heart and fill it with conviction. Don't badger her or you will loose her. Be that shining light that she needs.
---shira on 7/12/06|
Ryan and the Moderator answered the question perfectly.
Now, if your friend asks you WHY you believe, you can answer--gently and courteously, as St. Peter says.
But remember, Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would convict people of sin and unrighteousness, and--with all respect--I don't think your birth certificate says "H. Spirit" as your name.
---Jack on 7/12/06|
You can DO nothing. You can BE salt and light. No one comes to the Son unless it is granted him by the Father (John 6:65). The best way to deal with a non-beliver is from the Spirit. Be kind and patient, gentle and loving, joyful and faithful, sel-controlled. You can only set the example you cannot make anyone believe.
---Ryan on 7/12/06|