Yesterday I had a wonderful opportunity to talk with a lady who classified herself as a Pagan. By this she meant that she was into nature, positive/negative energy transfer, re-incarnation, bits of Christianity, evolution, etc. She had constructed her beliefs from her search for truth and had her own unique belief system. I first listened to her beliefs and then had an opportunity to share the biblical gospel. She thought that she was a good person and that her good works outweighed her bad. (energy balance beliefs/karma).
We had a lenghty talk. She did not agree with the biblical view of our total depravity and the coming judgement for sin. She was in no way humbled by the law. I was hesitant to actually share the gospel, but as she seemed to be genuinely wrestling with the impossibility of anyone being saved, I decided to share the good news of Christ crucified. Her reply was to call it bribery. Wow, talk about throwing your pearls before pigs. I was shocked that she would react so negatively to the gift of God. I have never in my 12 years of Christianity heard someone call the gospel of Christ “Bribery.”
Besides all this, there was a constant struggle with her post modern mindset. Try as I might, I found it impossible to help her see that what matters is not how hard we believe, but whether or not the object our belief is real.
Oh, well, at least she was really interesting to talk with. I gave her the address of my blog and she said that she might write about our encounter on her blog too.
May God call this lovely lady to repentance from sin and faith in Christ alone.