On the same mission trip to Berkeley I mentioned last week, I spoke to a very sweet woman on campus who said she didn’t need to know which (if any) religion is true because you only need to know about religion if you need help being a good person. She was very happy with her life, was confident in her moral instruction, and thought that introducing a new element like religion into the balance of her life would change things–whether for better or worse, she didn’t know, but she didn’t want to risk it. So she concluded that she wouldn’t want to know the truth about the spiritual world, even if it could be known. This conclusion makes perfect sense if religion is about becoming a good person and you’re already a good person.
This objection to Christianity comes up a lot, usually sounding something like this:
I’m really happy for you that you found Jesus, but I’m a good person, so I don’t need religion. But thanks!
What are the hidden assumptions in that statement? What are the essential areas of Christianity that are in conflict with it? What are the specific ideas you need to eventually communicate in your response? How would you lead her to those ideas? What questions would you ask? What would your game plan be?
Let’s hear what you have to say! Brett’s response, as usual, will be up on Thursday.