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I had this conversation weighing on my mind this morning and I thought why not share with my customers.
Several Days ago I was doing a bathtub refinishing project for a man about my age, I am 42. After I etched and prepared the bathtub for refinishing I took a Dr. Pepper break and explained to the gentleman what I was doing. He said John, you seem like like a very respectful guy can I ask you a personal question? Absolutely bud, I replied. I read your website pretty close, I see you are a Christian. Yes sir, I said. Well, I am an atheist. I smiled and said okay. He said that's it? Your not going to tell me I am going to Hell? Still smiling I said number one, I don't know enough about scripture sir to explain it without adding to your confusion. I explained I know what I need to know for my own education and through my experiences to Know Jesus Christ is very real and I know he died on the cross but it is like me refinishing this bathtub. I know how to do it, I know when to stop applying coats so it will not run, I have done this for 24 years. However, if you said please teach me, I could not. I go off 'feeling' it is not something I can teach. It gets very complicated when to apply at a specific air pressure, how much thinner to use according to the weather for that day. I would do you an injustice to teach you about refinishing. Just as I would do you an injustice to explain scripture. Fair enough, he said. John, that is actually a very honest answer and I appreciate your honesty. He continued, what is in you that makes you have that faith. Jesus Christ, I quickly answered. Oh really? I said yes sir, I asked Jesus into my heart at the age of 12. I can tell from your questions you are in a mental debate with your self, am I correct. Well, every year he said, around Easter and Christmas I really want to learn more. However, I am afraid my friends will laugh at me because most of my friends are atheist. I said well, maybe you should ask yourself 'what is a friend'? I mean I don't have a lot of friends but the ones I have would support me and I would support them. A friend does not laugh at you that sounds more like an enemy, trying to manipulate and control you. He chuckled and said not to mention a few of them owe me money. I laughed and said man, with friends like that we don't need an enemy do we. I was turning to go back to work and he said John, I know your busy but I am just curious. No problem at all. I'm not busy, it's okay. Well, how do you know, I mean really know Jesus is real. My friend there is one thing I can tell you with certainty. If you read scripture you will learn that Jesus did not save his disciples from prison or give them and easy life. He saved them from death. Jesus does not say follow me and I will give you riches and good fortune. Jesus says follow me and I will be with you through all storms, I will help you through the storm. I will however, give you everlasting eternal life. It's like the bathtub I just spent an hour preparing, to you it looks like I have really done nothing. Yet I have etched it, removed contaminants from the surface and prepared the surface. I have prepared it to accept the coatings I am about to apply so it will bond. In my mind I see that as what we are doing here in this life, being prepared. I know in my own life I don't think the same way at 42 as I did at 16, 18 or even 25 years of age. Okay, he said but what about the starving kids, the children with cancer, adults with cancer. How could a loving creator allow that. I said bud, remember earlier when I said I don't know enough about scripture. Well, that is what I meant. If I could give you an absolute answer then I would and then I would go around the world giving that answer. I can tell you that being a Christian does not reveal, or should I say for me it does not reveal any great answers. I can also tell you scripture tells us that God created a perfect world. However, man through the influence of Satan, has sinned upon this world with bombs, chemicals, warfare and more. I personally think the cancers and the sickness we see is our doing. Scripture does say that God only blesses with good things. He does not curse you. He always welcomes you home, to him with open arms. That feeling we spoke of earlier, that is how I know God talks to me. I feel ashamed when I do wrong, when I cuss I think to myself how ignorant I am that I instead of educating myself to use another word, I use a curse word. That is why an educated man can debate and someone like me will cuss. It is out of my own shortcomings. The book of James even says how do you praise the Lord with the same mouth that spews vulgarity. It is so true. If you read scripture, and you can do it quietly in your home online I recommend the New King James Version. I said keep in mind, you don't have to let your friends know. Just read it for the sake of the interesting stories. I finished his project and we shook hands and I went about my day. I have reflected on that conversation many times since that day. I was hoping that if he started reading and studying the word and cross referenced with the strong's concordance he would learn and thirst for more information.
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