I was listening to Light FM recently, when one of their regular segments: A Daily Nudge by Karl Faase came up. He spoke about Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuit order of priests, who went as a missionary to Japan in 1549.
After learning the language, he was able to share the Gospel. Much of Japan was either Buddhist or Shinto, and a number of them asked Francis questions like:
- If God is good, why did He create evil?
- Why is there no way out of hell?
- What about my ancestors who never heard the Gospel? etc
Sound familiar? People today ask very similar questions. How do you respond? If you haven't been asked these questions, how would you respond anyway?
These are great concepts to wrestle with, and I think it is a challenge to us all to be able to live up to the Apostle Peter's exhortation from 1 Peter 3:15:
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."
We have a hope that is founded on Christ. Let's all be prepared to explain that position with reason and respect.
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Posted on Fri, January 12, 2018
by Tim Connelly filed under