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Some people say you cannot frighten people into Heaven, you must love them in. Would you agree with that or was the fear of hell the main reason that many of you accepted Christ?

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I was listening to a Christian artist who was also a pop artist at the time and one of the songs he was singing was about Gods goodness toward us in light of our sinfulness and it just broke my heart.

For a brief moment I was filled with the most beautiful love I had ever experienced and my thoughts went immediately to every person I hated and I felt a love for them that I had never experienced before. It blew me away.

When that love faded, I was left with my hate-filled heart and I was horribly grieved at just how different I was from that love that I just experienced. I hit my knees immediately and asked Jesus Christ into my life. The depth of Gods love is simply amazing!
---JackB on 8/15/10

Well, since God flashed hell right in front of me, I knew that I didn't want to go there. [I received a vision]. Our intentions is not to scare people, but, to educate people. They ought to know that number [1] there is a God, [2] there is a hell, [3] there is a devil and [4] there is a heaven. If you do not really know these four things you can not boast of being very smart, my friends.
---catherine on 8/15/10

The Bible way.

I was asked to come to service. The Pastor preached The Word. He asked if there is any ones here that don't know God & I went forward,
knelt at the alter of prayer & repented, received The salvation of God Acts 2 v 37 - 41, The Same as The Early Church. Now by The help of God, Matt.24 v 13.
---Lawrence on 8/14/10

I have seen some respond to love, and some the fear of hell. Just as I've seen some come to the Lord through a "tell it like it is" evangelist, and some only respond to a "grace" message. If we are walking in the Spirit he will give us the words, and the way in which we are to share our faith. As much as I respect Kirk Cameron and his friend's boldness, I personally cannot come at it from that approach. Regardless the approach, it's important to just be real.
---Katie on 3/16/08

From as far back as I can remember ,as a child, my Mom would gather me close to her when I was disturbed by storms or hurt,and read the Word of God to me. Giving me comforting words of love and teaching me Jesus loves me and is always looking out for me. I came to Jesus because I loved/love Him. I heard the hell fire sermons but it was the love that drew me,I wanted to please Jesus.
---Darlene_1 on 5/5/07

I believe Love is the way, but often people with great needs come to our care group and we help them financially and pray for them. Sad to say after getting the help they don't return. We can only hope for their salvation in the future.
---Virginia on 11/24/06

Helen, pt.2:Love is more then a noun, it's also a verb, an action word. We are commanded to Go preach to the lost, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, be a friend to the friendless and a father to the fatherless, clothe the naked, visit the infirmed and imprisoned, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. "Love the stranger and love your enemies...By this will all know that you all are my disciples, if you all have love one to another." Matthew 5:43,44; John 13:34,35.
---Eloy on 9/3/06

Helen, pt.1: The law is, love God first and completely, and love your neighbor as yourself. The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12; James 2:8) is obligatory to the Christian, and the reward for obedience is eternal. "If you all love me, my commandments keep. For we must all appear before the judgment throne of Christ; that every one may receive the things in body, according to that he has done, whether good or bad." John 14:15; II Corinthians 5:10.
---Eloy on 9/3/06

Helen, pt.2: Love is more then a noun, it is also a verb, an action word. We are commanded to Go preach to the lost, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, be a friend to the friendless, and a father to the fatherless, clothe the naked, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. "Love the stranger and love your enemies...By this will all know that you all are my disciples, if you all have love one to another." Matthew 5:43,44; John 13:34,35.
---Eloy on 9/3/06

Helen, pt.3: Most so-called Christians are disobeying the 2nd Command of God. The 1st command most will obey, which is, love God; but the 2nd command is equally important, which is, love your neighbor (Mark 12:29-31). This Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12 is most important to God. Please read what Jesus says about doing works for salvation in Matthew 7:12,19-27; 25:34-46.
---Eloy on 9/3/06

Helen: I believe that Jesus set the example with how HE dealt with the sinners whose path HE crossed. He showed them love, unconditional, and boundless.

The lost feel unloved and are looking for love in all the wrong ways. Showing them God's love meets their need and helps them find hope for living.
---Madison1101 on 9/3/06

I agree with this statement 100%. "neither is correct - we can only share the message. God does the rest." If we allow ourselves to decrease through humility & submission to Christ & allow Him to increase concerning our habitual way of acting towards or relating to life & our fellow man, Jesus is lifted up & will draw all men given Him of the Father to Himself. We can only plant the seed, It is the Father who makes it grow.

P.S. Thanks for the instructions Bruce .
---josef on 9/3/06

I personally would like to know where it says in God's Word to love lost souls into the kingdom of God. Anyone please? I know the Word says a lot about preaching the Cross to lost sinners.
---Helen_5378 on 9/2/06

Lily ... God still loves you. So much that Jesus died for you.
What was or is the fear?
---alan8869_of_UK on 9/2/06

As long as my faith survived, (and I'm willing to admit that it has lapsed,) it was always inspired by a feeling of love, both of loving and being loved myself.
If anything, fear may have been what eventually drove in the stake.
---Lily on 9/2/06

I would say that it was a mix of the two. As a church goer of many years I still did not understand what the word 'sin' really meant. On the day I was saved the preaching that day opened up a whole new meaning so I learnt that I was indeed a sinner, needing a Saviour. I also learnt where I would go if I accepted Christ and where I would go if I didn't. I don't remember feeling frightened but I was extremely emotional as it all just fell into place.
---M.P. on 9/2/06

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i was on a tour and went to service and the preacher words touched my heart and at the end of the service i just gave my life to christ.
---seble on 9/1/06

I remember getting saved in California when I was reading my Bible, in the witness of Luke about the woman who cried on Jesus' feet and wiped them with the hairs of her head: Luke 7:36-50. I realized then who Jesus really was, and so I went into the bathroom and fell down on my knees, and I likewise cried out to Jesus and God to save me.
---Eloy on 9/1/06

2/... It was the love of Jesus that ultimately drew me to Him. Jesus let me know that no-one could love me like He could. I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that I was a sinner and accepted Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
---Helen_5378 on 8/31/06

The reason that I came to Christ was that I was very deeply addicted to Valium and had come to the end of my rope. That is when I turned to Jesus and became born-again.
---Helen_5378 on 8/31/06

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I am amazed at how many people come to Jesus because they loved him or wanted to please him. Man's heart is evil and no one wants to come to Jesus for those reasons. He FIRST LOVED US. We accept his love or reject it. The only way to come to Jesus is if the Father draw him. If the Holy Spirit did not draw you and you decided one day to follow Jesus, then you may be following the wrong Jesus.
---Rev_Herb on 8/31/06

I inherited Christianity, but didn't truly understand or appreciate salvation. In my youth, I explored different religions and philosophies. One day, I had a debate with someone about Jesus. Their statements about Christ resonated in my Spirit. I had been awakened and accepted Christ as truth there and then. I wasn't lead in the Sinner's Prayer & I don't recall the exact date (that used to bother me), but I accepted Christ because He makes sense. I heard the truth and was, truly, set free.
---AlwaysOn on 8/31/06

neither is correct - we can only share the message. God does the rest.
John 6:44
(44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
---mike on 8/31/06

I accepted Christ first when I was two. I understood that God loved me, and that his Son wanted to "come into my heart" and be my friend. I rebelled in College, and it was the fear of hell and the consequences of my sins that brought me back to God. Now I walk with the Lord because of his love for me, and his mercy. He gave me a second chance and brought joy to my life. I stay because I enjoy his company. So it's a little of both, for me.
---Katie on 8/31/06

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