Lessons from a Mormon Run-in: Common Ground

The Mormon Missionaries and I share more than language and culture. They at least agree that the Bible is God’s Word (albeit, in their opinion incomplete). However, they refused to discuss what Paul wrote to Timothy with me, or how Peter considered Paul’s writings to be Scripture already in 2 Peter. They only wanted to argue their points based on verses in the book that we did not hold in common.

Which leads me to wonder:

  • When I’m discussing the Christian life with a non-believer, do they care that “the Bible says it?”
  • Should we – like Paul in Athens – approach evangelism from a common ground that is more accessible and accepted than Scripture?

What do you think?

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