Why do Christians "force" their beliefs on others?
We know what eternity holds for believers and for unbelievers.
That is the one line answer.
Glimpse the believers' eternity, here.
Please read on to understand us.
First and foremost, God commands us to tell everybody that there is eternity. This life is not the end all of my life or yours.
Luke 14:23 - And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
There is an entire parable surrounding this verse. Please read Luke 14:15>24 in order to verify the context.
Someone close to you is enjoying a stroll. He enjoys the breeze in his face and the sun warming his back. He is oblivious to his surroundings. A gravel truck lost control and is barrelin' down the driveway, straight at him. You holler, trying to warn him.
Only thing is, he’s ticked at you since yesterday when you got on his nerves. Like a little girl, he turns his head away from you, holds up his hand and says “Talk to the hand, the ears don’t hear.”
What do you do? Do you just say “Oh well, I tried!”? Or do you do whatever it takes to prevent his imminent demise? That is how believers see life.
My bride and I almost got squashed by a gravel truck, 6:50 in the morning, on August 24, 2010, Santa Barbara, Ca. Google it if you like.
A family of three was killed. They took our place, so to speak, as we had planned to rent that house but chose to not. Then the family moved in. Now they are gone.
I am still here to write this. God loves everybody and wants everybody to be in heaven. Christians see the gravel truck of eternity,♫♫♫♪♪ “Toolin’♪♪ down the highway doin’♪ ♪ seventy nine. I’m a twin pipe papa and I’m feelin’ fine.”♪♫♪♫ (From the song “Transfusion” by, Nervous Norvus)♪♫♪♫
Many say to us “I just don’t believe your fairy tales.”
From a Christian’s standpoint it is not a fairy tale. I still see the gravel truck. What would you do? No matter how much I’m ridiculed; knowing what I know my, conscience will never allow me to sit back and do nothing.
Preaching – teaching- telling- speaking all have the same Biblical meaning when telling people about Jesus’ sacrifice.
Gospel, Good News and message, are all synonymous words for the death and resurrection of Jesus.
While the font size will vary, all of my writings are in black print.
On the other hand,
Bible References look like this.
- Bible Scriptures look like this.
II Corinthians 4:1-7 - Therefore, since God in his mercy has given us this new way, we never give up.
We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing.
Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake.
For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
Where does the Bible tell us to preach Jesus? I think it would be easier to show where it doesn’t.
Luke 24:25-27 - Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.
Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”
Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Jesus tells us to preach the Gospel, in many parables.
Luke 13:6-8, Luke 14:16-24, are just two examples. There are many more.
Jesus directly tells us to preach the Gospel;
Today we call this The Great Commission.
Matthew 28:18-20 - And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Jesus is talking to the disciples here, yet I believe this is aimed at all Christians because of all the other places the Bible tells us to preach the Good News; including Some other places we are told by Jesus.
Mt 10:7 - And as ye go, PREACH, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Mt 24:14 - And this GOSPEL of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Mr 16:15 - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and PREACH the gospel to every creature.
Lu 9:60 - Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and PREACH the kingdom of God.
Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
God wants us to tell people about Jesus.
Not only does Jesus command us to, but God wants us to.
God wants all in heaven
II Peter 3:9 - The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.
So he gives believers courage to tell others.
II Timothy 1:7-11 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News.
For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.
And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.
And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.
There will be a crown of joy for leading people to Christ.
I Thessalonians 2:19-20 - After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!
Yes, you are our pride and joy.
Preaching Christ is wise.
Daniel 12:3 - Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever.
There are Scriptures throughout the Bible that equate witnessing for Christ with being a very, very good thing. The Bible also describes the eternal destiny of those who accept and those who reject Jesus’ blood bought redemption.
And Satan does his very best to prevent you from believing.
The best way to decide for youself whether God exists is to believe. Then, and only then, can you make an informed decision as to whether the veil had been covering the "eyes of your understanding" to that point in time.
II Corinthians 4:4 - Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News.
Here we see that evil place [Hell] was prepared for the devil and his demons; not for people, but God must be just.
Matthew 25:41 - “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.'"
Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus calls for all to repent.
Luke 13:1-5 - About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.
“Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered?
Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God.
And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem?
No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”
God gets furious when someone refuses heaven.Not only does God not send anyone to hell, he gets furious when ever a person rejects heaven. The parable of the “Great feast” refers to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Here's what happened when all those invited made excuses to not attend,
Jesus is saying that not only does God love us and hurt when someone dies in their sins; but God becomes furious when someone refuses the gift of salvation. Can you blame God after all he went through to offer us salvation for free? The entire chapter of Luke 14 is an interesting read. I highly recommend it.
Luke 14:21, 24 - “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said... ‘For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”
Don't you think it's as wise for you to come to Jesus as it is for us to preach Jesus?
Is God speaking to you? Won't you join us?
Romans 10:9,10,13 - If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
...For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
There's a lot of religious confusion out there...
but the Bible itself says that if you believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and confess it to God you become born again. That means you will spend all of eternity in paradise with God.
If that seems too simple it just means that you've learned too much religion and not enough Bible.
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