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Published: Monday, Aug. 20 2012 11:16 p.m. MDT

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JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"share the gospel with non-Christians" ..."many of them still don't profess their faith to nonbelievers"

The article seems to skirt around what I consider an important distinction.

Non-Christian vs Non-Believers.

Disclaimer - I would consider myself agnostic so I have no dog in this fight.

I can understand a Christian sharing the gospel and introducing Christianity to non-Christians.

What I do not understand is Christians trying to "convert" other Christians.

To me it is kind of like Cannibalism. It is sending the message that your flavor of Christianity is not good enough. I am unaware of Christian faiths (other than the LDS) that attempt to "convert" others that even they classify as Christian.

If I were LDS, I would be insulted if a Baptist Missionary felt that I needed to be converted to be "saved". The distinction here is that some (many?) Baptist do not consider the LDS Christian, again, a premise that I reject.

The same goes for the LDS trying to convert other Christians. It doesn't sit well.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

The way to share your beliefs with others is not by knocking on doors, inviting others to go to church, testifying, as we like to say, and certainly not by remonstrating against others' beliefs which are different than yours whether by degrees or an entire theology. The way to share your beliefs is by practicing what you preach and treating others as you wish to be treated. Jesus said it better than any believer or evangelist possibly could.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Joe Blow,

"....I can understand a Christian sharing the gospel and introducing Christianity to non-Christians.

What I do not understand is Christians trying to "convert" other Christians.

....The same goes for the LDS trying to convert other Christians. It doesn't sit well."

Christianity has been a fractious religion since New Testament times when St. Paul began to ruffle some feathers. Whether or not I’m regarded as a Christian is something over which I have no control. It's more important that I accept others as they are.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

"The way to share your beliefs is by practicing what you preach and treating others as you wish to be treated. Jesus said it better than any believer or evangelist possibly could."

...and then, should they happen to ask, then you can tell them about your specific beliefs.

Craig Clark put it well.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: JoeBlow"share the gospel(Jesus) with non-Christians" .
A name may be misleading: The Christian Scientist religion. Not all members are scientists and they deny an essential, the bodily resurrection of Christ.

RE: Craig Clark, Jesus said it better than any believer or evangelist possibly could? Jesus also said:
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel(euangelion=Good message ,not good secret) to every creature….(Mark 16:15). Jesus did not call disciples to be secret agents.

(Paul)…yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!(1 Cor 9:16) ;So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.(Romans 10:17).What if the Apostles never left Israel?

(Jesus)I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am(ego eimi) he, ye shall die in your sins.(John 8:24)Jesus is telling the Jews he is God( see Ex 3:14), and if they don’t believe him, it’s bad news for them, which ultimately leads to God on the cross(1John 3:16).

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