Hello Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
My best friend is very angry at the Church (Christianily in general). She has been deeply hurt, but she is open to conversations reagarding Christianity. We have talked about faith for many hours. She lashes out, in hurt and anger and asks questions that I just can’t answer. As my family in Christ, I ask you to help me reach out to her.
One of her main issues is God. She can not understand how a God who is suppost to be all loving and pure goodness (her words) lets people go to hell. While I have tried to explain that it is through our free will that can condem us- as God never forces us to do anything- she can’t see how God would allow this to happen. Also, she has expressed a almost cynical and sneering attitude toward God. She has trouble understanding how God can create evil and allow it to exsist. To add to this, she thinks God is “just cruel and sick” to allow this and then to say that if you don’t choose His way (God’s way- follow the Commandments, Jesus) then you are going to Hell. She wonders where the loving God is in that instance? It’s like (to use her wording) God is not presenting you with any freedom- it’s like He’s offering a road to Hell and a road to Heaven and saying that you are free to choose, but if you don’t choose the way I (God) wants, then oops! you’re going to hell.
I have tried to answer her, to guide her, to listen to her, but I just can’t answer these questions to the fullness that she needs.
I ask you for any advice and support that I can use and pass along to her.
Like I said before, she likes to enter into conversation about faith and God, and I do not hide my faith from her either- she nows how deeply I love God, and she has said that I am the only person she can talk to about this, b/c while she has other friends who are Christian, she says that I am the only person she knows who can ‘take’ her opinions and objections and not be fatially in danger of loosing one’s faith.
I thank God for the courage He has given me and the strength of faith He bestows upon me to be able to listen to her and minister to her, while not wavering on my beliefs and convictions.
I rely on Him totally! He is my Strength!
Thank you for your time and any comments.