Well, I woke up very late this morning.
And I don't regret it one bit.
I was standing on the platform (as you know, here in St. Louis, it is bitterly cold and we have had ice and snow lately), when this guy comes on the platform with nothing on his balding head!!! I challenged him about that (in a friendly way) immediately. He said it wasn't that bad.
I knew it: He wasn't from here. He said he was. Really? As I probed deeper, he spoke the truth: he's originally from South Dakota. Hah! I knew it.
I swung the conversation to Spiritual things by asking if he had taken the good person test. He said that he hadn't and expressed disdain for it. I asked him why. He said that it wasn't a fair test--no one could pass it. I told him that I knew of One Person who actually had. (Of course, you can't see capitalization in vocal conversation.) Then he surprised me: he said that he didn't think that Jesus was perfect!!!
I wonder how many people that? See, if Jesus was not perfect, then He wasn't God. And if He isn't God, then He is a liar and not able to save anyone. If He never sinned, then He can pay for our sins. If He died for His own sins, then He is not the Messiah (Daniel 9:26a), and our faith is in vain.
I asked the man what his religious background was (after all this, mind you). His answer surprised me even more: Roman Catholic.
Now, anyone who knows me, knows that I believe that the Roman church lies to all of her people and deliberately leads them into Hell for her personal financial gain. I also know that the Roman church is the single largest producer of atheists in the world--not the public schools! (This may explain her disdain for Communists, which I don't share: Commies are people, they need Jesus. They don't need democracy, they need Jesus. Jesus is not America, Jesus is not the church, Jesus is God. Let's not forget that.) But I never in my wildest dreams thought that they would not believe that Jesus never sinned. Mary is immaculate, but Jesus is not??? I dearly hope that this was an isolated case.
So, anyway, I asked him why he picked Catholicism. He laughed, said it was more chosen for him than anything (which is typical Catholic practice). So I asked him, "Which religion would you choose if you had a choice?" He said that he didn't know. He had problems with all organized religion (which I can understand: if I wasn't already a Christian and didn't already know the difference between the fakers and the real followers of Jesus, I wouldn't want to be a Christian, either. Especially when supposedly sound people are trying to erase the lines between the disciples and the hypocrites.)
So I explained to him the difference between real Christianity and every other religion: In Biblical Christianity, there is nothing you can do to earn God's favor; we have already blown it by breaking God's laws (Romans 3:23; if you don't believe it, take this test) and our only hope is mercy and forgiveness in Jesus Christ; in every other religion, there is always a way for you to "bribe the Judge," so to speak: child sacrifice (or other sacrifices, including, but not limited to, fasting, walking on your knees, paying for indulgences, etc.), being kind to people, etc.
I told him that the proof of our "repentance toward God and faith toward Jesus Christ" (Acts 20:21) would be that we would read our Bibles daily and obey what we read. It would not earn us anything in God's eyes as far as salvation is concerned, it would simply be proof that we have truly repented. Because we would no longer be getting our orders from ourselves, we would be getting our instructions from God.
Then he said something that I always hear from people who don't read the Bible: you're always going to put your human construction on it--you'll never actually know The Truth as Jesus so very clearly promised in John 8:30-32 to those who believe on Him and continue in His Word--you'll always have your own misguided version of the truth. So I told him about God's promise in James 1:5 to freely give to all men who ask wisdom to know the truth. If we are truly submitted to God (instead of continuing in rebellion against Him), then we will ask for wisdom not to twist His Word to our liking. And He will give it to us.
And thus we boarded the train. He sat down. I stayed standing. And I'm glad I did. There was a full house today. And most people listened. One kid even took his earphone out of his ear to hear me better. It was a glorious day!!
Oh, and, coming home tonight, I also witnessed to a young man (who was humble and listened) and an older lady (70 years old, by her confession; she didn't listen). Please pray for them both.