(by Wee Sing)
I hadn't really planned on doing another one of these, but figured I could post about this & possibly get a little prayer coverage from y'all. This is what I'm reading today:
I don't think I've told y'all about the young lady of a different religion who visits me on a regular basis. Julie has been coming by for almost as long as I've lived in this house. At first it was only once a month or so. She'd stop by and read a verse from the Bible, and that was all. In the last six to nine months, she has come by every week to read through a book about what the Bible teaches (that her religion has published). She always brings one other person with her; though the other person varies each week (usually one of four or five ladies that sorta rotate, if that makes sense).
I have known all along that there are some pretty big differences in what we believe, but I didn't feel God prompting me to say anything until recently. At times, I have felt like maybe I was chickening out or not relying on the Holy Spirit to speak through me. But honestly, up until this past month or so, she hasn't said (or read) anything that I disagree with. In hindsight, I don't feel like I've chickened out at all; I think that God was allowing me to build a relationship in order for me to be able to speak truth that she will actually receive.
Since coming up on things I don't believe over the last few weeks, I have been doing quite a bit of research into her religion and the translation of the Bible that they use. In a very non-confrontational way, I have been able to share what I believe the Bible says about a couple of issues that their Bible mistranslates. And I have been able to express my concern about the accuracy of their Bible translation. Julie and her friend both thanked me for sharing my beliefs last week, and they are continuing to come back.
I have read ahead in the book that we're reading, and I know that today we will read about a huge difference in our beliefs. I have talked with friends who know Greek, and I have studied other places in the Bible that use the same words. I am confident that traditional Christianity, and the versions of the Bible that I read, interpret these verses accurately. If you happen to read this post before 4:00-4:30(ish) CST, will you please pray for me? I want to speak the truth in love, and I know that God has brought sweet Julie into my life for a reason. If you read this after she has visited, will you please join me in praying that God opens her eyes to the truth?
Thank you, friends! ♥
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
(by Wee Sing)