9/5/10 Jack, about 35
Before church this morning I brought Pat, an older brother who has come to faith in Christ later in life, to a nearby park for an opportunity to share the gospel. We found an Asian man (Jack, his Western name) who had come from China six years ago and speaks English well. He agreed to answer our questions and told about growing up in China in a non-religious family but within a Buddhist culture. He was a "Buddhist atheist" in the sense that it was a Buddhist view of God that he rejected. He agreed that he has a sense of right and wrong that he tries, but fails to follow. He was also concerned about keeping up appearances with both the government and among relatives, and seemed kind of relieved that in America he doesn't have to worry about that so much anymore. With little knowledge of both religions, his impression was that both Buddhism and Christianity teach of a final judgment and future in heaven or hell based on his good behavior. I used some of the commandments as a standard for him to test his behavior and he could clearly see that according to this standard he falls short. It was getting late so I switched over to sharing my own testimony of coming to faith in Christ. This is often a good way of summing up the faith without interruption, because no one can really question what someone else has personally experienced, so that's what I did and left some good info for Jack to read later.