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Reply to the post below discussion post. For each
reply, you must also completely address the areas noted in the prompt and seek
to provide helpful commentary and insights on their classmates’ posts. You are
encouraged to incorporate Scripture and relevant scholarly/academic support into
your threads and replies. For this discussion I have chosen to summarize and explain religious lethargy. Many people, especially in developed countries and environments, have developed a sense of reality that doesn’t really have any sort of spiritual or divine order. As James K. A. Smith has stated these people have, “constructed webs of meaning that provide almost all the significance they need.”. So, when feeling like they may be missing something important in life, instead of looking for meaning in something that may be greater than themselves in any spiritual sense, they tend to form their own meaning or purpose in tangible things, emotional states that they can/have experienced before, or even things they know are real but haven’t yet reached/achieved yet. These can range anywhere from money, comfort, power, relationship, authority, etc.
Some difficult challenges may be brought up for a Christian whey they are trying to present the Gospel to someone who thinks in this way. The main reason I think it would be difficult for the Christian is because the person will pretty much have a mentality of complete, or almost complete, indifference on the subject of God, spirituality, and the supernatural. Finding a way to first open the mind and heart of the person to be able to even take into consideration what you say can be one of the most difficult things about conversing with this individual about Christianity. When we Christians find ourselves in this predicament, it is of upmost importance we let the Holy Spirit lead us in a wise, gentle, and understanding way to help guide the conversation in the best way possible for the person receiving the Message. Everyone is different and we must be aware of these differences to “become” what the person needs in order to have the best chance of hearing and accepting the Gospel.
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” – 1 Corinthians 9: 19-23 (NIV)
Smith, J. K. A. (2015). How (Not) to Be Secular. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV – – Bible Gateway. (n.d.). Www.biblegateway.com. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%209:19-23&version=NIV
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