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Marvin posted a topic in The Debate RoomAt my high school, especially my magnet classes, students have turned away from God and the Word! In my group of friends there is only like a couple of Christians. There are 5 friends of mine that are lesbian. My class discussions(I'm in Scholars magnet, so we talk about contemporary issues) involve abortion and LGBT people, and I'm the only person in class that is against those things, except this Muslim girl. Even the teachers agree! One of my teachers failed one of my friends which is in a grade higher than mine because he was pro-life and because his beliefs of God. My brother's teacher is atheist, most people are atheist in my school!!!!! For the past years I almost fell into being atheist too, until one day that I decided to open the door to Jesus and give Him a chance. My world exploded when I did. I felt His presence and I started to have this moments were EVERY SINGLE EMOTION SKY ROCKET!! I felt extreme joy and happiness towards Jesus, and I felt extreme fear, sadness, and anger towards myself whenever His presence fell over me. I felt to my knees and I cried so hard, my face was sore instantaneously. I started to hear to His voice. This is why I believe,because He revealed Himself to me. And He did because I gave Him a chance to heal me. I don't know how to approach my atheist friends and other students. I'm scared how they will react if I do. Please help me with this, I really want to share the Truth with them.
(Taken from this blog post: http://dearopinionphobes.blogspot.com/2015/07/are-christians-brainwashed.html ) Most Christians who have argued with someone on a topic whether it be homosexuality, abortion, evolution or any other subject chances are they have been accused of being a "brainwashed Christian" which according to the accuser, is logic enough for the Christian's standpoint is to be ignored, but are these accusations true? The logic behind this reasoning is that most Christians believe in Hell and eternal punishment unless they accept Jesus as their Savior, not question the Bible or to ignore science completely. Which does sound like brainwashing if you look at it in that perspective, but are these accusations really true? The answers is this: Yes, there are some who are Christians who are "brainwashed" who simply believe in what they do just because that is what they are taught. But it doesn't mean Christians alone are brainwashed. Atheists can be brainwashed by their own fear tactics. For example, what does an Atheist believe in? They believe there is no God or supreme being. Many Atheist I have met consider the belief of God "Illogical". Since they cannot see God, they believe he cannot exist; answered prayers are coincidence, miracles can supposedly be explained through Science eventually, and anyone who believes in God are living in a delusion. Wouldn't that have an effect on their children and those around them? It gives the impression that belief in God is ignorant, and to think a person have encountered God is a delusion. Isn't that technically brainwashing? The fear of being ignorant if you believe in a supreme being or a spiritual realm? Both sides are guilty But how can a Christian break free of the " brainwashed" Christian mindset? Know what you believe: Read the Bible and find the truth. If you are constantly saying "I believe that things should be this way, just because I was taught this in church" you might want to reevaluate your views. I encourage Christian's to be willing to research Science, after all, the definition of Science (according to the Oxford Dictionary) is : "the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment." Shouldn't we as Christians look at the world around us and find the truth that God really does exist? I believe we can. 2 Timothy 4:1-4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. Romans 1:19-20 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse
(I'm new, so hi everyone!) So my best friend and I have strong feelings for each other. My dad doesn't approve of us dating (because he's atheist), so my best friend agreed with me to not do anything relationship-wise until a couple years from now, and then decide what to do. We're 16, he's temporarily moving to a diff. state, and I don't want to risk our friendship. So we already would've had some complications. I really like him, but I wish he could at least believe in God. He goes through a lot and has a lot of negative feelings, so I wonder if that's why he doesn't believe. He never tries to convince me otherwise though, he respects my beliefs and some of his family is Christian as well. But I don't want to push him into converting or anything. Does anyone have any advice? I never met anyone in this situation before, and I don't have any Christian friends so I don't really know where to go for help...