“Pleasant words are a honeycomb: sweet to the taste and health to the body.” (Proverbs 16:24)
Though I’ve always been a believer, I didn’t truly understand what that meant until my four years in college. There I bore witness to people of my faith, other faiths, and no faith at all. Though by no faith, I simply mean people who do not subscribe to a major religion or scriptural teaching. However, I think everybody believes in something.
Back then and even now when I hear the word non-believer, I attribute the term to people who are not Christian, and more often than not, people who are atheist. But as I’ve said, everybody believes in something, even if that something is riches, sex, or science.
In those college days of self-discovery, everyone was trying to figure themselves out. Naturally, there were those growing fonder of Christianity, and others despising the faith. People of either camp were bound to cross paths eventually. As a Christ-follower myself, there are going to be people who say offensive things about God. Some say He’s a “pie in the sky,” or that He simply doesn’t exist. Whatever words are spoken, no matter how much I disagree, I need to respond in love. As Christians, we all do.
Though some non-believers will not have love for me or my fellow Christians, Scripture has been clear. I am to love everyone, and by doing so I can show them who Jesus truly was and is (John 13:35).
Personally, I didn’t struggle much with saying things that were offensive to non-believers, but I knew some Christians who did. I still do. Sometimes I am offended because of how fellow believers act or even speak to people outside of the faith. These hurtful deeds can pose as a barrier for many to enter into the faith. If we are to make disciples, let us do so with love in our hearts.
Here are seven things a Christian should never say to a non-believer, regardless of whether or not they want to believe.
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