FRIEND: I’m not a Christian, but I like what Jesus had to say. All He wanted was for us to love each other, but Christians have twisted His words and turned Christianity into all this judgment and hell. Jesus didn’t tell people they would go to hell–He’d be so upset to hear Christians today.
CHRISTIAN: I love it that you’re interested in Jesus! Would you like to hear more about the things He said? I’d love to get together with you and use the Bible to go over what He taught about love, judgment, and hell. Then you can see firsthand what Jesus said without having to hear secondhand through Christians.
FRIEND: No thanks. You can’t trust the Bible to tell you what Jesus said. It’s been translated so many times, and over the years people in power have added and deleted different things. The original message has just been too corrupted–like a game of Telephone.
When you’ve heard this in the past, how did you handle it? How should you have handled it? Tell us where you’d go from here, and then we’ll hear back from Brett on Thursday.