A Question I Was Asked:

Doesn't the Wickedness of ISIS Now Ask Questions About Proselytizing?

Doesn't the wickedness of ISIS now raise questions of all religious proselytizing? We think that these Islamics cannot be justified in any way with their 'convert or die' philosophy, but didn't the Jesuits adopt a similar policy when they took Christianity to south America about two hundred years ago?

UK Apologetics Reply:

But proselytization must be done properly, it cannot be done with a gun!

Yes, I think some of the Jesuits in that continent (south America) were pretty ruthless which I think even the Roman Catholic Church is honest about these days.

But I don't think the act of religious proselytizing, when done correctly, is brought into disrepute by such excessive behaviour. For our part, all of us Christians must support the principle of complete freedom of religion in every nation on earth. ISIS don't agree because they are behaving as though it is still the dark ages. You cannot make anybody a true convert to any religion by holding a gun to their head. That is a nonsense, and these people are actually doing more harm to Islam than to any other religion.

True Christian evangelism works best in a completely free society in which one may teach and advance the cause of our beliefs in an atmosphere in which there is complete freedom of speech. Also we should be allowing our lights to shine rather more than we are maybe doing.

Yes, mistakes have been made in Christian evangelism but I don't think too many. One modern problem is that people are often now being taught that becoming a Christian is an emotional and financial thing, it is also about 'feeling good about oneself.' It is none of those things, though emotions will play a part and one is certainly happier and more contented in following one's beliefs. But, at root, Christianity is the acceptance of a metaphysical and spiritual proposition, that is, that Jesus Christ is the true Saviour of all the world; I mean He is the only possible future. At the end of the day Eternal Life is only achieved in and through Christ. A thousand years from now you and I will only be alive in Christ as spirit beings or we will be dead and forgotten. Experiential Christianity does wrong to neglect the careful doctrinal teaching of the great Christian truths. We must explain to people what true Christianity is, and what it is not. This will be important when times get tougher. Some have been taught that being a Christian means you will never be unemployed or be affected by a serious illness, or lose your home; Where will these people stand in harder and tougher times?

"Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:10-12).

Robin A. Brace. October 10th, 2014.