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    I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
    The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
    What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.

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    Originally posted by bling View Post
    I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
    The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
    What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.
    I have read this and thought about it quite a bit. I don't think that words are the best arguments. They can be controverted, twisted, and denied. I would say that living the Christian life and thus following the footsteps of Jesus is the best, and only real-life, evidence that Christianity is not a superstition, but a life changing concept/paradigm. No sound bite will ever equal the influence of actually being the light on the hill or being the salt of the earth because Jesus is dwelling within.
    “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
    ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

    “One and God make a majority.”
    ― Frederick Douglass

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bling View Post
      I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
      The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
      What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.
      Ask them which of all the religions of the world claim to be exclusive, and has it's founder raising himself from the dead.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bling View Post
        I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
        The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
        What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.
        With the gospel. That will offend them, at which point they either leave (psychologically, emotionally or physically) or convert.

        And it's good for the teacher too: You can tell whether you're potentially teaching the truth by whether people are complaining. If they're not, you're definitely not.
        Where is the evidence for a global flood?
        E≈mc2
        "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

        "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
        -Bob B.

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        • #5
          Also, tell them: 台灣不是中國。

          That'll definitely get you fired.
          Where is the evidence for a global flood?
          E≈mc2
          "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

          "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
          -Bob B.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Stripe View Post
            Also, tell them: 台灣不是中國。

            That'll definitely get you fired.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ffreeloader View Post
              I have read this and thought about it quite a bit. I don't think that words are the best arguments. They can be controverted, twisted, and denied. I would say that living the Christian life and thus following the footsteps of Jesus is the best, and only real-life, evidence that Christianity is not a superstition, but a life changing concept/paradigm. No sound bite will ever equal the influence of actually being the light on the hill or being the salt of the earth because Jesus is dwelling within.
              The first comment after they tell their friends they have become a Christian is often: "Is Christianity just superstition, so how would you answer that with more than just "No"?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JudgeRightly View Post
                Ask them which of all the religions of the world claim to be exclusive, and has it's founder raising himself from the dead.
                They know little about any religion?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bling View Post
                  The first comment after they tell their friends they have become a Christian is often: "Is Christianity just superstition, so how would you answer that with more than just "No"?
                  My experience with God and His power to change my life. After that it's simply a matter of living out the principles of God's kingdom in our lives. It will then become self-evident that Christianity is not a superstition.

                  I think any interaction in what you describe requires a lot of prayer and faith in God, as well as a close personal connection with God. The Holy Spirit is the only person who can give us the right words to say at the right time as He knows the hearts, lives, thinking, experiences, etc... of the person to whom we are witnessing. There's no other way to know exactly what to say than to just trust God for the words to say as they will be different with every person.

                  Jesus said the following:
                  Matthew 10: 17 And, take ye heed of men, for they will give you up to sanhedrims, and in their synagogues they will scourge you, 18 and before governors and kings ye shall be brought for my sake, for a testimony to them and to the nations. 19 `And whenever they may deliver you up, be not anxious how or what ye may speak, for it shall be given you in that hour what ye shall speak; 20 for ye are not the speakers, but the Spirit of your Father that is speaking in you.
                  Yes, I know the promise is given for a specific time and place, but I believe it is also applicable for instances like you are describing. It is the Holy Spirit that can give us the right words to say. Look at Peter's experience on the day of Pentacost. It was simple speech, but it was inspired by the Holy Spirit and set home in Peter's listeners as it cut them to the quick and they wanted to know how to get right with God.

                  I have had multiple experiences like this in my life where I'm talking to someone I don't really know, and something spiritual comes out of my mouth that has me thinking, where did that come from? And the other person will say, someone who apparently has no interest in God, I've been thinking about that and wondering about that. It has often turned into an off the cuff Bible study and the person walked away thanking me for my help. I wasn't looking to witness. It just happened I was in the right place at the right time and God used me. We can't use God, God has to use us. When it happens it's one of those things that makes my day like no other thing possibly can. I go away with my heart singing for days.

                  If your students want to witness, and they build a good relationship God they will find opportunities as God will prepare the hearts of those He is drawing to Him and if your students have a strong desire to help their fellow man to know God, that will happen for them.

                  Don't worry about soundbites. Focus on the relationship with God and trusting Him to do that which we cannot know how to do. God's word will not return unto Him void. It will accomplish what He sends it out to do.
                  “Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”
                  ― Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

                  “One and God make a majority.”
                  ― Frederick Douglass

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                  • #10
                    https://youtu.be/BazCzG7VNWs

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bling View Post
                      I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
                      The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
                      What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.
                      Acts 17:22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

                      17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

                      17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

                      17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

                      Tell them there are religions based on superstition but God no longer makes allowance for them.

                      Show them that God acknowledges the superstitious but He commands accountability to the reality of Christ and his resurrection.

                      Christ's resurrection assures that this is not another superstition.

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                      • #12
                        It may be useful to study the long history of Christianity in China.
                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_in_China

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bling View Post
                          I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
                          The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
                          What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.
                          There is no such thing as a clever or provoking statement/question that will open a dialog on Christianity.

                          Only a forceful denial that Christianity is superstition and a suggestion to turning the mind to the Holy Scriptures will produce spiritual results.

                          The arguments of faithful Christian cannot convince the superstitious or skeptics of their misconceptions of God. Only the Holy Spirit can work this kind of miracle (John 16:8-15), and He works through the preaching and reading of the Word of God alone.

                          Any verse of Scripture holds this salvific power if it is applied to an unbelieving heart by the Spirit of God.

                          All Christians must trust and utilize the Scriptures as witness, without hesitation or fail.
                          "The immutable God never learned anything and never changed his mind. He knew everything from eternity."

                          " The difference between faith and saving faith are the propositions believed."
                          Gordon H. Clark

                          "If a man be lost, God must not have the blame for it; but if a man be saved, God must have the glory of it."
                          Charles Spurgeon

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bling View Post
                            I teach a Bible class each week for open minded highly interested well educated non-Christian Chinese at a local college, who will most will likely return to Communist China. They know few Christians in China especially those who live in Beijing where there are only strong government supporters. They along with all their friends and family have been taught: “All religions are just superstitions”, but they are not all buying into that, so how can they reach the point of simply explain to their friends, the difference between a superstition and Christianity. Lots of people in China have crosses and even Bibles, but use them as good luck charms and they are not Christians.
                            The friends of my students have not been given logical support showing Christianity is a superstition, but have not heard any support to show Christianity is not a superstition.
                            What I am looking for is some one-minute thought provoking statement or question my students, who will most likely become Christian, can give to their friend back in China that will open a dialog on Christianity.
                            Tell them that christians believe that if you don't devote yourself completely to celebrating the historical killing of a man then you will be punished by an invisible god.

                            Then they will understand that christianity is not a superstition.

                            Stuart

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Stuu View Post
                              Tell them that christians believe that if you don't devote yourself completely to celebrating the historical killing of a man then you will be punished by an invisible god.
                              Stuu exposes his utter ignorance of what Christianity is.
                              Where is the evidence for a global flood?
                              E≈mc2
                              "the best maths don't need no stinkin' numbers"

                              "The waters under the 'expanse' were under the crust."
                              -Bob B.

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