A video image released by the computer game’s creator showing an injured man may not appear to be graphic, but you may change your mind once you know who it is. It’s the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Hmm, this could be inflammatory. Maybe.
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I’ve suggested elsewhere that evangelism is often about the evangelist, not God or the people who have to endure the sermon. Especially when we’re resisting the urge to roll our eyes sarcastically or look at our watch or hang ourselves from sheer boredom. Doesn’t this pitch sound like it’s along these lines? Here are a few suggestions I’d like to make to help them get their message across:
“Imagine how all the angels of Heaven will hoist you up on their shoulders when that email to your nonbeliever friend goes out! They’ll throw you a party like its 1 B.C. all over again. Hot damn!”
“‘Well, you’re wrong because I say so but I’ll certainly pray for you because I’m right!’ Is that ‘friendly’ old come back not making you feel superior to others any more? Now you can have the last word from beyond the grave and they can’t do jack about it! Cuz you’ll be dead! Yeah, feels good. Don’t it? Sign up today and pat yourself on the back for the rest of your life, safe in the knowledge that you’ll get that last word!”
“Come on, make us feel awesome for having thought of this already! Hey, this kind of selflessness doesn’t come free.”
Educated people have the notion that evangelicals are “barefoot people of Tobacco Road who, I don’t know, sleep with their sisters or something,” Berger says.
By way of moderate contrast…
Education has made the difference. The education I gained reading skeptical materials has made the difference. But it’s a good difference. I know how to think critically now. I know how to think for myself. I know how to give my own life meaning apart from religion. I know how to live life happily free from the chains of religious mythology. My Christian experience was not a bad one, and I have no doubt in my mind that I was a “real” Christian. But education stretches the mind, and like a rubber band that is stretched, the mind cannot return to its original condition once it has been stretched. I left the faith primarily for intellectual reasons. I can no longer honestly embrace the doctrines of the faith, and so – I am no longer a Christian.