What I am going to say below is not so much as a question, rather a musing. I want to talk about two events that happened to me, and the two ways I dealt with. First one, I could literally feel the Holy Spirit put words in my mouth, second one, not so much, and honestly that kinda still affects me to this day. I wish if only I had thought about the questioner than question, it wouldn’t have gone south.
Jain friend: Christianity doesn’t believe in sin, does it? Since you guys do not believe in reincarnation.
(I didn’t answer that question very well. However I believe the Lord prompted me to ask her another question, which was )
Me: What is your relationship with God?
She: (taken aback) There is no relationship with God per se. (This lead to a fantastic discussion about relationship with God, how karmic cycle does not give hope to the hopeless who believe their current struggles are due to consequences of their past life mistakes.)
Hindu friend’s mom: What kind of religion is this who doesn’t let you participate in festivals of other religion? Or doesn’t let you have the food offered to other gods?
Me: (In a matter of fact manner, which wasn’t the right approach on second thoughts) Christianity does not let you bow down to other gods.
It’s been quite sometime since these incidents have occurred. But I still feel guilty of the way I answered my friend’s mother, although I knew better about “answering the questioner than the question”. I have realized, it is easier to talk to an atheist than talk to people of another faith about the Christian faith.
I have also realized that when the Spirit of God leads you, the answers are coherent to the questioner. But if it’s pride and arrogance that leads you, then the outcome is not going to turn out right. When I answered my friend’s mother, I was not being arrogant, but I feel I wanted the pressure to be off me to believe in what I did without being cornered. This incident has also led me to think if I have sort of burnt the bridge to her thinking about Christianity ever.
I wonder, how would anyone answer these questions if thrown at you out of nowhere. I fell short of the Bible verse “Always be prepared” (1 Peter 3:15). I am also eager to know if any of the faculty and staff members of RZIM ever feel disappointed with themselves with the way they have answered questions. How did you deal with it?