9/4/10 Suluv and Deval, early 20's
A relatively new believer at our church, Marcos, is a senior at IIT so I brought him to the IIT campus to share our faith. We waited at a giant outdoor chess board for two men (Suluv and Deval) to finish their game and then got their permission to ask about their beliefs. Both grew up Hindu but take a "wait and see" approach toward religion. A point that got their attention early in the conversation is that they know right from wrong but can't even live up to their own standards. Suluv said that he had learned from Hinduism that we live in the third of three eras in time that have grown progressively more evil, and that what was more evil in the first era, such as telling a lie, is no longer judged to be evil by today's standards. They also both seemed deeply concerned that we live in an evil society, where simply by participation we can't avoid supporting certain evils such as injustice or pollution. It was fairly easy to point out the hypocracy that they were using our corporate guilt to condone personal sin. After listening to their beliefs and having a good, logical exchange of ideas such as these, I went on to explain the gospel as clearly as I could. They listened with interest and at the end I told them that as a Christian I want to see them in heaven one day but that I also realize this would mean a whole change of thinking, from a circular world view in which reality is an endless cycle of history repeating itself, to a linear worldview, involving a final judgment and an eternity in heaven or hell. I gave them the booklet "Why Christianity" which explains how biblical Christianity is the only faith that deals with the problem of our sin that keeps us from a right relationship with God.