11/3/10 Augustin, about 60
I used a MDB to start a gospel conversation with an older man (Augustin) out feeding the geese at the park with his grandaughter, and he was more than happy to talk about his beliefs. Though raised Catholic in Mexico, Augustin has been exploring different ideas - not the major religions but new teachings such as Scientology and conspiracy theories and the like. He recently read a book that he couldn't stop talking about, though he couldn't remember the name. Much like the "name it and claim it" false teachers of the Bible, it taught him that through transforming his thoughts he can have what he wants here and now, control his destiny, and by extension have what he wants in the next life. His thoughts and words seemed to constantly gravitate toward this belief and he rejected pretty much anything that denied him of this hope as negative thinking that comes against it, yet Augustin still seemed to have some respect for the Bible as God's word. I felt led to drive home the point that whatever teachings he follows needs to have the authority of God's word behind it. I explained how we break the 2nd Commandment against false idols when we imagine our own version of God according to what we are comfortable with. Only the Bible is God's authoritative word and I talked about reasons why I believe this. His "nieta" had fun playing while we talked. Her only concern was that he take her to McDonald's like he promised.