4/3/11 Anikit, about 24
Today after church I went with Annon, a Christian from India at our church, to his IIT campus where we found another student, Anikit, working at his laptop in the student center. As I asked questions about his beliefs I found that Anikit grew up Hindu and has no idea what Christians believe. He had never even heard of the Ten Commandments, yet I believe Anikit is closer to the Kingdom of Heaven than many “church people” I’ve met. Why? 5 reasons: (1.) He believes he will be held accountable for his actions in life; many church people don’t believe their "god of love" will judge them. (2.) He believes sin is serious and justice would demand the punishment of hell; many church attendees deny the biblical teaching of hell. (3.) He believes no amount of good deeds could erase the bad he has already done; many church people think if they aren’t already “good enough” they can offset their sins through church attendance or good deeds. (4.) He believes he should suffer the consequences for his own actions; many church people think there are no longer any consequences to sin. (5.) He believes if someone gave their life on his behalf that he would want to do as much as he could to show his gratitude; many church attendees think our forgiveness in Christ gives them license to sin. I had the joy of sharing Jesus with this young man in whom God has already been working. My friend Annon had the privilege of inviting Anikit to some Christian gatherings on campus.