Recently, I was blessed to share the gospel with Erin*. I went to her house, and she brought up the riots and the George Floyd situation in America. That led to us talking about racism and some of the problems of the world. We talked for a long time about Jesus being our only hope and how the Jesus of the Bible is different from the Jesus of the Koran. Explaining that Jesus came as the final, perfect sacrifice for our sins, I told Erin that if anyone would turn from her sins and believe in Jesus, she would be saved. Our salvation is not based on our works, but on trusting in Jesus because there are never going to be enough “good things” we can do to earn our way to heaven. Because God is just, a punishment for our sins has to be paid, and Jesus paid that punishment for us.
At some point in the conversation, Erin said, “Jesus said that everyone would go to heaven, didn’t He?”
I quickly responded, “Only those who believe in Him.”
We talked about Jesus healing many people when He lived on the earth, but I shared with her that His purpose for coming was not to heal people or to do many miracles. Rather, His purpose was to save us from our sin. By dying on the cross and resurrecting on the third day, Jesus made a way for us to be saved.
Erin and I had a really good conversation, and she seemed to sincerely consider and think through several things we discussed. Once I got home, I sent her a link to the Prophet Story, since she had brought up how, according to Islam, Jesus is just another prophet. We discussed how that is not true because there were some big, important differences between Jesus and other prophets (His birth, miracles He performed, His death and resurrection, His second coming, etc.).
Next, I need to follow up with Erin to see if she watched the video. Will you please pray for her?