I am an Evangelical born-again Christian. I was saved at age 20 as the result of a hunting accident (in which I came face to face with death).This changed my life and I would like to be an instrument to help others find the Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to state clearly for anyone who might read this that I respect those who disagree with me, and feel that all those who wish to be witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ should do the same. By "respect"I do not mean I have to give any credence to a person's belief or the lack of it. What I mean is that I don't look down on the person because of what they believe.
I base this conviction on I Corinthians, chapter 4, verse 7 (The Bible). I would like to paraphrase that verse and then give my comments.
"Who makes you different than someone else? and what do you have that was not given to you by God? Now, if God gave it to you, how can you feel that you are something special because you have it?
(This is my paraphrase of I Cor. 4:7. I invite readers to read it for themselves and see if they get the same meaning from it)
I consider my faith as a gift from God. I recognize that there are people to whom God has not given this gift. If I encounter an atheist I do not feel that he or she is any less a person because of what he or she believes. I simply recognize that God has not yet given this person the gift He has given me. I am thankful that God has given me faith, but I recognize that God could have given it to the atheist and withheld it from me.
To other believers I say let us hold forth the Truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15, Bible). I don't think we can win people to Christ unless we show that we respect them regardless of what they believe. Let us not give the term born-again Christian a bad name by showing a lack of respect for those who disagree with us.
To those who do not know Christ as Savior I say that I have nothing that God has not given me, and if He has given it to me, He could give it to you. If I sound like I think I know the truth it is because I do know the truth. But it is not something that makes me better than you. If it were I would not want you to have it (for then I would no longer be better than you). On the contrary, I want you to have it. Yes, I know the truth, but what is there to keep you from knowing the truth?