I suppose non-denominational isn’t the best term.
Here’s my problem.
I am not trying to actively evangelize anyone but my best friend has taken a marked interest in my faith journey. She likes to ask questions now and then and I always feel a bit run over by the time we’re done.
She doesn’t believe ANY church has the fullness of truth. She believes that believing in and loving God is ALL she needs. She firmly believes that God will lead us to different denominations throughout our lives to teach us different things. She **sneers **at baptism (she just does not understand it and when I try to explain she doesn’t seem to get it - so clearly I’m explaining badly. I’ve pointed out ALL the verses about baptism but for some reason she’s just not willing to hear that it IS necessary). She’s a fan of the iBethel church right now and from them has developed this idea that God will accept us even IF we are dirtied with sin.
Now, she’s free to believe all this stuff but when she asks me questions about my faith I find it VERY difficult to explain ANYTHING to her because of her currently standing beliefs. She doesn’t know the Bible, or ever really read the Bible so pointing out scripture is USELESS in any debate.
Sometimes I feel a bit like she’s asking but unless my answer lines up with her pre conceived beliefs she won’t listen to it. Almost like she’s a cake pan and any faith that gets poured into her has to match her contours… anything that doesn’t fit into her pan is simply discarded. You know what I mean?
So, besides the obvious (prayer) how do I deal with this? Right now I find it very discouraging because I just can’t seem to speak to her in a way that she’s able to understand. I can’t use the Bible to share points with her, I can’t use history to share points with her (she really doesn’t care what the early Christians did, to her that’s unimportant), I can’t use Church Fathers, I can’t use any conventional means… I suppose all that’s left is to appeal to reason but I’m not sure how to do that when it comes to issues like the Pope, Baptism, Praying to the Saints and Mary.
Help guys? I’m really lost in how to continue with her. I don’t want to refuse to answer her questions when she asks them… but I feel as if I’m failing miserably when it comes to explaining the faith to her.
Disclaimer: She is VERY smart… please don’t think I’m trying to bash her in the above post. I just wanted to be very clear about how she is when it comes to faith.