I had a conversation with someone on Facebook this morning, and the best way to present it is to c/p it here (please excuse the length; names have been omitted):
A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store.
As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked,
"Son, can you tell me where the Post Office is?"
The little boy replied, "Sure! Just go straight down this street
a coupla blocks and turn to your right."
The man thanked the boy kindly and said, "I'm the new pastor in town.
I'd like for you to come to church on Sunday.
I'll show you how to get to Heaven."
The little boy replied with a chuckle. "Awww, come on...
You don't even know the way to the Post Office."
ME: Cute :-) What the Pastor obviously doesn't know is that the boy will get to Heaven, regardless!
SHE: How do you know he will get to heaven?? :-)
ME: We all do. There are many paths to God, who is All-Loving, and excludes NOBODY :-)
SHE: There is one one path to God, through His Son Jesus Christ, and that way is to repent of your sins-ask Jesus to forgive you of all your sins, and come into your heart and live with you forever, God is All-Loving, BUT God cannot lie, He gives us the option of Free-will, what wee do with that is on us. He doesn't want anyone to perish and LOVES us all the way to the gates of hell, but when He told Adam & Eve they could eat of any tree except the tree "Of Knowledge of Good & Evil" He set up the option for Free-will. So see He doesn't exclude Anyone. People choose to exclude Him. :-)
ME: But He excludes NO ONE.... His children are not disposable, **including those who could not have possibly ever known Him**...through no fault of their own (predating Jesus' existence, lack of Internet, no contact with the world, etc.)...free will or not! :-)
SHE: That is why we send Missionaries out to try to reach as many people in Third World Countries as we can and "Many were added to the rolls Daily" Africa is being saturated with Missionaries, Russia is being saturated with Missionaries, China and now Islam too are being inundated with Missionaries to hear the word of the Lord, The GOOD NEWS!!!!! :-) No one is being left out!!! Praise God!!! But it has to be the persons choice, the Lord can come and knock, however it is ONLY when the person chooses to accept Him as their Savior that they can be saved and be assured they will live with Him in Heaven FOREVER!!!!! :-)
ME: That is wonderful....for those availed of that blessing :-) Before Jesus, there were no missionaries... probably much illiteracy... yet there were countless good souls who undoubtedly lived lives of love, service to others and introspection... examples of Jesus' timeless teachings, before He ever even appeared.
I haven't received a reply to my latest comment, and I wonder what she could say that wouldn't masquerade as "well, they're just going to Hell." I really don't believe someone with Christ's love in her heart would allude to something like that, but hers is a rather one-track way of thought.
Maybe she believes she is "witnessing" to anyone who might read that Facebook exchange? Perhaps I, too, witnessed in my own way, wanting to assert that God does not exclude anybody based on religion. I get so tired of reading and hearing the "one way / one path" ideas. I was trying to get her to elaborate upon the basis of her belief, perhaps post a Bible quote to validate the "One Way Only" tenet (which I know does not actually exist).
Metaphorically, that line of thought is no different from myriad students who flunk Calculus without its study material ever having been printed on the syllabus.
I suppose that "witnessing" is effective only if the listener is receptive to it.