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Should Christian Evangelize

Should Christians even debate and argue with non-believers as it may lead believers away.? I am in college and this is a question in our fellowship.

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First Corinthians 1:18 says,"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness, but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." So if you are willing to appear foolish to those that are lost. Then and you can be a soulwinner. Do you have enough guts to try? If you need help I am mima 3783 at penpals.
---Mima on 3/7/08

Madison I have seen the conversion of many who initially rejected the Bible's historical reality. They were so steeped in humanism and evolutionism that their minds were closed to what Jesus offers.

When shown that evolution is only a belief, not well supported by evidence, many of them began to open to the possibility the Gospel could be true, and were converted.

This is in line with 2 Co.10:4 where Paul says to demolish arguments and pretensions raised against the knowledge of God.
---Warwick on 3/6/08

Jesus gave a COMMAND, not a suggestion (only if you feel like it) - to go into ALL the world and PREACH the Gospel. The Bible says that people WILL be offended, but yet God's command is and should be greater to you than people's offense. Don't be people pleasers, but be God pleasers.
---Leslie on 3/6/08

Christians who debate over salvation with unbelievers are a terrible testimony to the Lord and are wasting their time. Lovingly sharing what Christ has done for the sinner is the way I evangelize. If a person chooses to accept, Praise the Lord. If not, I pray for the seed I planted to bloom.
---Madison1101 on 3/6/08

The word of God will set you free or make you flee. However it never returns to God void. You might plant a seed, and someone else may water it. Or you may water a seed someone else planted. Just witness out of love!
---ralph on 6/18/07

i wouldn't nessarily argue with people but i will share my bliefs if i think the person wants to hear it. or if it's related to the situation.

Luke 16:31 says if they believe the prophets then they won't believe if someone is raised from the dead.

therefore what hope do you have to convert them. you are neither a prophet or someone who can raise the dead. if you do get into a debate. use proof such as prophecies fullfilled.
---tony on 11/23/06

Jesus never argued the truth, he stated it and people either believed Him or didn't believe Him. Someone plants a seed, someone else comes along and waters the seed (the word) but it's GOD who causes the growth. Our job is to plant seeds, and speak the truth in love. Not argue, who would listen to someone who is arguing with them? Jesus never argued the truth, amen? Speak it in love. People receive things said in love much much better.
---Donna9759 on 11/22/06

There are too many people out there that try and beat the word in unbelievers and some christians. What God says has a period at the end, we try and put everything else but the period. I have family that won't fellowship with me because I don't go to there church and don't believe everything they believe, that's wrong. but I don't argue with them. I know what I believe and they know what they believe. But it is pointless in argueing over God's word.
---Rebecca_D on 11/22/06

It's not by arguing against non-believers that we can prove within ourselves and of course, to God that we really have this passion of sharing His goodness to all people. We, as Christians, just need to pray for all those people who did not know Christ.Let us all hang on to God's faithfulness in His promise. Blessings!
---nerissa on 11/21/06

Paul spent much time debating with non-believers, as did Justin Martyr later.

We should be ready to give an explanation for our faith when asked about it.

It is if you do not respect that the non-believer has their own beliefs and opinions that you may chase them away. To find a common ground and work from that is to build bridges.
---laure5759 on 11/21/06

Debate and argue what? There is no debate you either believe the word of God as infallable truth or you don't, there really isn't much of a debate here. I would say do not engage in petty squabbles because it ruins the testimony. The only way to give a testimony is through how you live your life; you are a living testimony. And we are not to judge those outsidet he Church, tell them the good news but do not judge or condemn them, that is reserved for God alone.
---Ryan on 11/20/06

All believers are commanded to share their faith with nonbelievers in the hopes that they too will become believers. But some nonbelievers have the thick flesh, and some have demonic spirits which feed upon debate. It is up to the speaker and the listener on how much time will be spent of sharing ones faith. I have talked with people for up to an hour, and I have also talked with people in less than 10 seconds: some nonbelievers are persuaded and get saved, and some do not.
---Eloy on 11/21/06

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