Mr. SmartyPants wrote:I love how even if I clicked "Innocent" for every question, it still assumes that I've broken the commandments because Romans 3:23 says so (All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God etc etc etc).
Lying is a sin too.
He was attempting to see if there was an alternative route through the quiz by selecting different answers. It's a valid form of inquisitiveness. It's not lying, it's a testing method.
There seems to be a lot of judging of effectiveness of evangelism methods... I personally wouldn't judge them, because I don't know the full picture of how effective they are - I don't have the statistics. Am I more effective than the person/method I'm judging? I would tend towards no, and be convicted to ask God to help grow my heart for the lost. One person in know comes to mind, who was drinking with his friends and living a lifestyle rejecting God.. he was pondering his life and considering where he'd end up when he does, and he was quite uncomfortable with the conclusion that his current life would lead to hell. I think he then approached some Christian friends about hell/heaven/afterlife, and how do it best. He became a Christian and grew to love Jesus. I'm sure there's plenty of other stories. Jesus was the man who spoke about hell person than any other in the Bible. So I wouldn't necessarily limit the way God works to the ones I approve of. I've been surprised before by minor/unexpected things that triggered people's investigations of God.
Why do you specifically mention that this person was drinking? Consuming alcohol is not a sin. The Bible never condemns it, and in fact several times specifically speaks of various people drinking wine. Jesus himself made wine for his first miracle. So I'm confused about why this is specified like this. And it's a nice anecdotal story that you have to offer that through his own thinkings about the universe and life, he decided he was going to eternal torment when he dies because of what a 2000-ish year old book states, and subsequently altered his life to avoid such a fate; but that is not the same thing as you walking up to me, for example, and telling me that because I don't believe in God, or that Jesus died for my sins, that I'm going to suffer though eternal anguish once my body expires, and then having me about facing and becoming a devout Christian.
The difference between these two stories is the man in your anecdote came to this conclusion on his own, and then sought help from others on what to do to avoid the fate he believed he was headed towards. The other one, the one I put-forth and what the quiz attempts to do, and what a number of Christians try to do by threatening non-beleivers with hell, is to scare scare people into being Christians for their own good. When your faith is based on fear it is poison to your soul. It will eat at you and burn you from within. You may be able to override it, because the fear of "What if I fail? What if I end up going to hell? I have to keep this up so I can make it!" will be so strong, but there is also a good chance that the poison will also break you, and you'll recognize what has happened and what you've become.
And then your fear becomes hate.
There are evangelism methods that work, I'm sure. Otherwise Christianity wouldn't be so popular. Unfortunately, things like the Crusades are over, and murdering people because they aren't the same religion as you isn't acceptable anymore. So you have to find good and proper ways to convert non-believers to your faith, and then to also co-exist with people who don't believe the same as you. You have to recognize that people who think there is a different sky-man (or no sky-man at all) running the show can be, and in many cases are, just as "good" as any Christian you currently do or will ever know.
When I was still a Christian I had a rule for evangelism that I followed, and I thought it was pretty good because a lot of people I knew who were Christian, Pagan, atheist, Muslim, or whatever appreciated it:
"It's okay to let people know you're a Christian, but don't be overt about it, because it's just something you are. If people want to know about Christ then tell them, otherwise, don't bring it up because they don't want to hear about it. And always be open to learning about other people's religions and philosophies, because often times you find that they are not so different from yourself, and if you're willing to listen to them, they will be willing to listen to you."