There are a plethora of reasons why people aren’t receptive to the Gospel; and The Parable of the Sower is a good example of these reasons. For instance, the seeds being plucked off the ground by the birds is interpreted as the evil one snatching away the seeds, because these people didn’t understand the message. The ones who are choked by the weeds are distracted by the worries of the world. The ones who fell on rocky soil die quickly, because they burn themselves out and weren’t grounded in good theology.
The miracles and signs in the the Bible have been of interpretive interest for two thousand years. We’re curious about them, and so were the people who witnessed these events. While it is not usually the immediate purpose of the signs and miracles, God certainly uses mankind's curiosity to draw attention to a greater purpose. Curiosity is better than our other reactions to the unknown, these being fear and avoidance.
In a similar fashion, 3D Printing is an unusual way to evangelize. I keep a hospitable mood about myself, and without fail, someone becomes curious enough to overcome their anxiety. When this happens, they’ll ask: “why?” This event gives me an opportunity to form a relationship that I otherwise wouldn’t have obtained. Although, like many forms of evangelism, it is not foolproof and in the end we merely point people to the Gospel, not solidify their standing with God.
Evangelists often get frustrated because people are uninterested in what we have to say. In general, non-Christians see evangelists as a rude interruption from their daily life. As Christians we need to find ways to deconstruct the illusions that people create to guard themselves from the Gospel. Often times these illusions center around Christians, rather than the Lord.
(One misconception about Christians is that some of us are unscientific, uninformed and ignorant. In many ways, this complaint is valid. Many Christians are ignorant or misinformed about Church doctrine. Yet, many assume they have an intimate understanding of it. Often, when we stumble on something we don’t understand, we attempt to make it up. This certainly contributes to the negative image of the church. In the same way, being arrogant and unwilling to listen is an issue faced by Christians on the opposite side of the intellectual spectrum. As in all things, the median between the extremes is likely the best course.)
Evangelizing without a proper understanding of doctrine coupled with a tactless approach can mess with people's interpretation of Christianity. So, one stepping stone to creating a genuine and beneficial relationship with someone, is to properly educate oneself, and concern oneself with the discovery of truth. Furthermore, when one builds a relationship on neutral ground (say, the discussion of a 3D Printer), that relationship can be used as a vehicle for evangelism.
Ian is a self proclaimed “Ninja with a Pen,” with a penchant for dark humor and nerdy jokes only .0001% population finds rib shattering. His obsession of the month is making a simultaneous extrusion 3d Printer from legos, hot glue guns, and neck beard level determination. He has a 1st degree black belt and a degree in creative character killing (read: writing). The style and location of the dojo is classified for your safety.
Incidentally, he’s also sci-fi writer, his first book is on Amazon and Kindle
The World is a Foothold
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