There seems to be a common misconception among many non-believers that they don’t need God because they’re doing just fine on their own. Many of these same people believe too that it is those who are “good” that make it into heaven. Of course, the truth is, sin is sin, and on our own none of us are “good enough” to deserve to be in the presence and glory of God who is perfect and holy. That is why we need Jesus and the gift of his sacrifice. It’s His blood that covers us just like the lamb’s blood did on the first Passover marking the doors of God’s people as death passed them.
So many people have just become turned off by church and religion. Who can blame them either? It is quite a turn off to hear that regardless of what you do; you can’t get to heaven without accepting Jesus into your life and turning your life over to Him. Control over one’s life can feel good and change can be scary; that is until one has hit a point where they realize, they really can’t save themselves and death is inevitable.
Some Christians aren’t much help either to those who are weak in their faith or still trying to figure out if they really want God. I’m referring to the “holier than thou” attitude. There are those who believe they truly have God and the Bible figured out. Truth is, the Bible is living and every time I go back in to read it, I learn something else. Those with the holier than thou attitude seem to reflect a spirit of pride and often legalism as well. With such ridged beliefs, how can anyone live up to the perceived expectations that a person who is this “religious” claims to be necessary for salvation as a Christian? Such self-righteousness, in my opinion is nothing short of sin.
I find those who are not saved or weaker in their faith are much more responsive to believer’s who are humble and can admit they too are learning as they go. Truth is, none of us have everything figured out. I really believe you will get farther being an encouragement in the Lord through God’s word to someone than you will by being a Bible thumper or religiously “superior” to those who are young in Christ or not yet saved.