Last weekend, I was able to join Brett on one of his mission trips to Berkeley. While we were there, we spoke to some people at the Hare Krishna temple who were worshipping temple “deities” (as they call them) like the ones pictured here.
While describing what people did at the temple and why, a young man explained:
You can be any religion and come here to worship. All the gods people pray to, like Jesus, are really the one God that we pray to here. We chant and sing the name of Krishna as a way to progress spiritually, but you can repeat the name of your god over and over, and you’ll have the same result. As the Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” This is what that verse is talking about. You won’t really understand what it can do for you until you try it.
How would you respond to this man? What questions would you ask? What ideas would you bring up? In which direction would you move the conversation? Sometimes the hardest part of speaking to someone about the truth about God is choosing the most important direction, out of all the possible directions, in which to take the conversation. So as you answer, remember that you probably won’t have time to address everything the comment brings up–nor would you want to, since a multifaceted response could either overwhelm the listener or simply give him an opportunity to easily wander down a side-street in the conversation that will distract from what’s really important.
Instead, keep the discussion focused, letting go of some things you could answer (and probably even want to answer). It’s better to drive one point home well in a way he will understand and remember than to jump lightly from point to point. Think of where you want to end up in the discussion, and then start developing a clear, straight line of thought that will lead there as directly as possible.
With that in mind, let us know what you think, and we’ll hear what Brett thinks on Thursday.