2/22/12 Selan and Anthony, early 20's
On the IIT campus today, Micah and I had a pair of conversations with two students who were unbelievers for two opposite reasons. Selan (spelling?), from India, does not believe in God because he has never seen evidence of Him. He wished for some kind of spiritual experience, anything, just to let him know that God is there. Even if it was just a one-time appearance, never to be repeated, Selan thought it would completely change his mind about God. I shared both the bad news of our sin and the good news of God's grace in Jesus, but Selan seemed unmoved. Bottom line, he still believes he needs some sort of sign from God. Later, Micah and I prayed for just the sort of spiritual sign that would bring Selan to belief in God and faith in Christ. Then we met Anthony. He told us he is convinced of God's existence, having had an experience with a ghostly spirit when he was young. But because of this Anthony now believes he has the ability to connect with God on his own, without the guidance of the Bible or any organized religion. He has constructed his own ideas about God, not realizing that he has created an idol in his own imagination instead. His spiritual beliefs are all over the board, based on no authority but his feelings and preferences on what God should be like. He didn't have a Bible so I gave him one, challenging him to read it and see for himself how God has revealed Himself through history.