“You did what?”
“Sure. Why not?”
“I don’t think I could do that.”
“Those kind of talks make me doubt and I just don’t like it.”
“Well…what are you afraid of?”
That was the talk I had with a guy at church today who has to be one of the nicest guys I’ve met in at least the past 6 days. I lead a group of highschoolers and weekly we talk and discuss specific areas of the Christian faith. We like to ask the hard questions. I think some pride themselves on finding the most difficult topic they can and pushing it to the limits. It’s intriguing, it forces dialog and in the end I think it allows them to bring to the table their concerns or even their discoveries of truth.
Last week we invited Mormon missionaries to speak with us for about 1.5 hours. It was great. The missionaries are about 18-20 and were pretty well versed in Mormon doctrine. We could have spoken on an array of subject so we narrowed the subject specifically to “Salvation”. What is it? How do we get it? How do we keep it? And now what? The dialog bounced everywhere and at first glance to the untrained person one would ask “Aren’t they like just another denomination? Isn’t this like bringing Methodists or Baptists over?”
In the discussion the youth were able to learn that these guys believed that they could achieve “God-hood”. That is to say that Mormons believe 1) God the Father was once a man and 2) we can be a God as God the Father is now. When the youth heard these guys speak these words the questions began.
I thought it was healthy and in telling this guy at church about the experience our dialog was the one posted above. In the end I encourage Christians and everyone to dialog (not fight) about those things which we disagree on. If there is truth to be found who doesn’t want to be in it? Besides, what are you afraid of?