Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Extreme Witnesses

Acts 1:8

For seven years, the radical Muslim clerics had tried to convince the “infidels” to follow Islam. But the Christians, locked in the brutal darkness of the prison, would not convert.

“Mohammed is the greatest prophet,” they tried to explain to the Christians. “He lived more recently than Christ and was the final prophet of Allah.”

The Christians listened carefully and replied, “In your own legal system, a matter’s legitimacy is determined by the number of witnesses. Jesus Christ had witnesses of his coming from Moses to John the Baptist. Mohammed only witnessed to himself.”

Confounded, the Imams tried a different attack.

“Surely Islam is the religion ordained by God, for our empire is far greater than the lands controlled by Christians,” they said with smug smiles.

“If that were true,” replied the Christians, “then the idol worship of Egypt, Greece, and Rome would have been true faiths, because at one time their governments had the largest empires. It is obvious that your victory, power, and wealth do not prove the truth of your faith. We know that God sometimes gives victory to Christians and sometimes leaves them in torture and suffering.”

In 845, the Muslims near the Middle Eastern city of Ammoria finally gave up on seeing the Christians follow Mohammed. All seven were beheaded, and their bodies were cast into the Euphrates River.

Jesus commanded us to be his witnesses, not to have all the answers. The most powerful three words you can say to a nonbeliever are: “I don’t know.” Sure, you might have an answer, even the answer, to many of a nonbeliever’s doubts and questions. However, experience will show, there will always be rebuttals to your information. If you ever get to a point in a witnessing opportunity that you don’t know “the answers”—say so. Then focus on the one thing you know can’t be argued: your testimony. Your own experience with Jesus Christ and what he has done in your life is irrefutable. You’re the expert on the subject. Effective witnessing is simply sharing your story with others.

Readings taken from
Extreme Devotion: The Voice of the Martyrs


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