Why do we keep our mouths shut?

Why do we keep our mouths shut?

Here is a question, I pose to myself, and to many other Christians: why do we keep our mouths shut?

Let me explain the question: as Christians, we belief, and we know, that knowing Jesus Christ is a great blessing and the most important thing in our lives. Yet, when it comes to talk about this to friends, collegues, and relatives, we instead talk about many other things: sports, the weather, chess, politics, etc.

There is one choice in life everyone must make which is the most important - are you going to live your life with, or without God.

I belief and have experienced that living a life with God is good. At times when things are difficult in your life, you can experience Gods support, and your faith can help you better through those times. Also, the rules and guidelines from the Bible can help you to have a life of a better quality, and Gods guidance helps to make decisions better. The fact that God loves you personally is a wonderfull source of inspiration.

In addition, the Bible learns about what happens to us after we have died. With Jesus, we go to heaven after we died. People without God will go after their death to a place where he is not present, and that place (hell) is, mildly stated, a place to avoid at all cost. To tell the truth, this is not my favorite Bible fact. I still hope that this interpretation of the Bible proves to be wrong, and that God is so mercifull that also non-believers will enter heaven - but it seems that the Bible learns us otherwise.

Given these things, the question pops up: why do so little Christians tell non-Christians about this. And, the question I have to ask myself: why do I not tell my friends, collegues, and relatives about this. I found three possible answers to the question.

Correct me, when I am wrong. Are Christians that do not tell others about their faith like people that know their is a bomb ready to explode in our neighbors house, but do not warn him when he walks up his garden-path, fearing that he won't belief us?

To tell you the truth, I am still too afraid to talk to many of the people I know about Christ. These webpages are an attempt to do at least something - to talk about these most important facts of life here on the World Wide Web. About three years ago, after a revival of my faith, I had put my creed on a webpage. Now, I hope to write more about the Christian faith on my webpages - this text here was the first I wrote.


If you want to react, you can write me by email: hansb@cs.uu.nl. If you do not get an answer, a possibility is that the mail-system of my Department has automatically discarded your email: this then is probably because your provider has not a strong policy against `unsolicited commercial email' (better known as: spam).

Hans Bodlaender, January 14, 1999

Hans Bodlaender - hansb@cs.uu.nl