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Apateïsme: ’n Nuwe term vir … “So what?”

Apateïsme: ’n Nuwe term vir … “So what?”

Op wie moet die kerk fokus met sy getuienistaak? Ja, natuurlik om ongelowiges te bereik. Beginnende met hulle in ons naby omgewing, kerklosses en kerkloses.

Maar meeste van hulle is REEDS BEREIK met die evangelie (m.a.w. die evangelie is vir hulle redelik beskikbaar; hulle het reeds gehoor of kan hoor; het ’n Bybel in hulle eie taal en ’n Christen naby wat vir hulle kan vertel en word nie vervolg vir hulle geloof nie)

As sendingmobiliseerder gebruik ek die teks uit Hand 1:8 as belangrike rigsnoer en daarvolgens moet ons terselfdertyd (vgl. Hand 1:8 se “sowel as”) ook fokus op die diegene vêrder weg, tot aan die uithoeke.

Daarom doen ons by KONINKRYKSFOKUS baie moeite om veral ook die ONBEREIKTES onder die kerk se aandag te bring. Tradisioneel is dit veral hulle wat in die 10/40 venster woon en breedweg onder byvoorbeeld die godsdiensgroepe van Moslems, Hindoes en Boeddhiste geplaas kan word. Dis veral hulle wat NIE aan bogenoemde kriteria voldoen nie m.a.w. die evangelie is NIE vir hulle redelik beskikbaar nie, hulle het NOG NIE gehoor nie, het NOG NIE ’n Bybel in hulle eie taal en NIE ’n Christen naby wat vir hulle kan vertel nie en word WEL vervolg vir hulle geloof).

Onder al bogenoemde groepe was daar wel altyd diegene wat steeds die evangelie aanvaar as hulle dit verstaanbaar hoor. Daarom gaan die kerk steeds voort met sy sending- en evangelisasieprogramme. Daar word dus gefokus om die soekendes (Engelse term “seekers”) te bereik.

Maar daar is ’n DERDE GROEP wat my al meer laat wonder: Hulle kan die evangelie hoor, het reeds gehoor, het al die hulpmiddels beskikbaar en word nie vervolg nie ens. Hulle is nie Ateïste nie (wat kies om nie te glo nie), maar hulle gee nie ’n duiwel om nie; hulle “soek” glad niks. Nou lees ek in ‘n artikel wat in Church Leaders verskyn het die nuwe woord wat vir hulle geskep is, is APATEÏSTE.

In die artikel word soos volg verwys na ’n sekere ARIS verslag:  “the challenge to Christianity … does not come from other religions but from a rejection of all forms of organized religion.” “They’re not thinking about religion and rejecting it; they’re not thinking about it at all.”

Verder… “Jonathan Rauch, in an article for the Atlantic Monthly, coined a term to describe his own spiritual condition. When someone asked him about his religion. He was about to say “atheist” when it dawned on him that this wasn’t quite accurate. “I used to call myself an atheist,” he finally responded, “and I still don’t believe in God, but the larger truth is that it has been years since I really cared one way or another. I’m”—and this was when it hit him—“an … apatheist!”

Rauch went on to describe his state as a “disinclination to care all that much about one’s own religion and an even stronger disinclination to care about other people’s.”

He’s not alone.  According to the 2011 Baylor University Religion Survey, 44 percent said they spend no time seeking “eternal wisdom.” And 46 percent told Lifeway Research that they never wonder whether they will go to heaven.

So when it comes to matters related to God, religion or even atheism, millions simply shrug their shoulders and say, “So what?”

Lees gerus die hele artikel by I’m Spiritual but Not Religious—Sound Familiar?  Why the term “seeker” is irrelevant at best and terribly misleading at worst. Read more »

My vraag is nou: Moet die kerk enigsins aandag gee aan mense met hierdie gesindheid?

Lyk vir my, hulle wil nie hoor nie!

Moenie dus nie te veel van  jou tyd (en hulle tyd) mors nie. 

Of wat sê jy?

Ramadan: Muslims welcome and able to read the Bible

Pray4Saudi: Social Media Draws Saudis Online During Ramadan.

Even before the sun quietly proclaimed its entrance into the Arab skies, Mariama awoke to the sound of her cell phone announcing a new Facebook post. She rolled over on her mat, and looked at her cell phone. Her sister had posted that last night’s Iftar meal was the best yet! Mariama smiled, looking forward to the pre-dawn Sahur meal before another day of fasting. She posted back to her sister, who lived in a different village in Saudi Arabia, that the morning’s Sahur meal would be even better. She thanked Allah that although her sister was far away, they could still celebrate together over Facebook.

She arose to prepare for prayers. Soon the Imam’s chants for the Fajr (dawn) prayers would call loudly over the mosque’s speaker system.

Last year, during the time around Ramadan, a Middle East Research Group called the Online Project followed the growth in social media use in the Middle East. The group gaged Facebook posts and Twitter tweets. Last year during Ramadan, Saudi online users generated a 33 percent increase of Facebook posts and an 11 percent yield of Twitter tweets.

The results of this study indicate that Saudis have increased attention online during Ramadan. Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry is just one Christian group that has capitalized on the trend. They have developed a Facebook page and Twitter account. Their website, Arabicbible.com, intercepts Muslims looking for answers to questions about the Bible and clarification about Christianity. They provide articles discussing topics such as “Is Muhammed foretold in the Bible” and “Quran confirms: Today’s Bible Unchanged”.

The ministry 30-days Prayer Network, though its mission is to provide Christian prayer intercession resources for the Muslim world, also utilizes Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. Their “30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World” guides intercessors on daily prayers. Prayer booklets are available in 39 languages. This year’s Ramadan period starts June 28 and finishes July 27.

Source: Beverly Pegues (Window International Network) <win@win1040.com>

Evangelie-aanbieding volgens Joh 3:16

Geloofsekerheid:

Die GOEIE NUUS van die Christelike evangelie is dat mens seker kan wees dat jy ‘n kind van God is en die Ewige Lewe sal ontvang (of reeds het!).

Ek het self baie lank daarmee geworstel en ek weet dat baie mense daarmee sukkel –  dus speel die vyand woer woer met jou geestelike lewe. Mens bly aan die twyfel en kan daarom nie spontaan die evangelie met ander deel nie.

En as mens sou sterwe, is mens gereed om God te ontmoet – ‘n onderwerp wat liefs vermy word. Die beste wat sulke mense kan aanvoer is dat hulle  “hul bes probeer” en “darem nie te veel sondig nie” .

Hiermee ‘n eenvoudige verduideliking (power point aanbieding) aan die hand van Joh 3:16 met die volgende 6 uitstaande waarhede daarvan:

(1) God het (2) die wêreld so lief gehad (3) dat Hy sy enigste Seun gegee het, (4) sodat dié wat in Hom glo, (5) nie verlore sal gaan nie (6) maar die ewige lewe sal hê.

Jy is welkom om die aanbieding op die skakel hieronder af te laai en te kyk (en met ander te deel)

Evangelie-aanbieding volgens Joh 3:16