A few years ago, I was answering emails from college students on a Christian website about the Bible, faith, and life. One of my favorite questions came from James (not the name he used). Here is what he wrote.
I’m in love with the most wonderful girl in the world. She is a lot more spiritual than me though. She is concerned about making sure she has a personal relationship with Jesus and god and that she goes to heaven. I’m perfectly happy accepting the fact that this life is all we get and that’s the way it has always been. There are no supernatural powers of good and evil (just good and bad people), never has been, never will be.
How can I help my girl friend not believe in these fearful delusions that make her feel guilty about not going somewhere that doesn’t exist?
- How would you respond?
- What would you think is important to convey?
- What tone would you use?
I’ll post my response tomorrow.