“-We just recognize that the religions of the world contradict each other in their fundamental teachings. We are Christians who believe Jesus’ claim to be the way, the truth, and the life– the only way to the Father (John 14:6)”…
For two years I have been going once a week to the “Freedom of Speech Area” at the University of California Irvine and sharing the message in the video I have posted for this project. There have been about ten different people who I have done this with and we have found this to be a very easy way to begin personal conversations with strangers about the Gospel message of Jesus Christ.
We set-up a table with a “Contradict” banner with various religious symbols spelling the word and we offer all the students passing by free Starbucks coffee. Plenty of students stop for coffee and each night several of them stay for lengthy discussions about faith differences. Sometimes, we are mistaken to be atheists, because many people interpret the sign to mean that we are against all religions, but that isn’t the case; we just recognize that the religions of the world contradict each other in their fundamental teachings. We are Christians who believe Jesus’ claim to be the way, the truth, and the life– the only way to the Father (John 14:6) is true! This usually creates an interested audience for further discussion, and why not, there is free coffee involved and it’s a personal conversation, not a bull-horn speech.
I have taught World Religions and Christian Apologetics for three years at a private Christian high school in Southern California. I have found that before the class most of my students know very little about any religion besides Christianity, and I have found that the majority of the college students at UCI are also uninformed about many of the world’s most prominent religions, but that they are very interested to know more.
My goal is to write a book, Contradict -They Can’t All Be True, to equip Christians to share the teachings of various religions by evaluating their apparent contradictions as a catalyst in sharing the trustworthiness of the truth-claim found in John 14:6. The message can be shared in numerous ways as the Holy Spirit leads, but there is a desperate need at this present time to contradict the popular misconception that all religions are true and in fact, lead to the same end goal.
My hope is that there will be as many “Contradict” stickers backed with knowledge and Christ-like hearts as there currently are “Co-Exist” or “Tolerance” stickers. I hope and pray that Christians who have the sticker will be able to share the message that accompanies it. The message of the love and truth of Christ in a hungry and thirsty world, desperate for unconditional love and grace.
The book is being self-published with WestBow Press, a Christian publishing company that is a division of Thomas Nelson. Your pledges will contribute to the vision and cost of self-publishing this first book. If the set goal is surpassed, additional funds will go towards producing more videos and creating artwork within the book. Once the project is completed on Sept. 13th, I will be given the opportunity by Kickstarter to request mailing information from all backers so I can ensure you receive your reward. Each person who pledges will receive a “Contradict” sticker to help spread the Word/word.
Update on this blog post: The Kickstarter pledge goal was met, but now you can still get Contradict stickers and endorse the movement at http://contradictmovement.org/t/stickers
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Thanks for posting this, Andy. Great introductions. My pastor used to do open-air preaching at Cal Berkeley, and there was a man who would stand right in front of him with a bullhorn and yell at him while my pastor shared the love of God displayed through the death and resurrection of Jesus. I like your style.
Jim, it definitely takes boldness to do what your pastor did. That approach isn’t for everyone, and I’m glad you like the approach that we have used at UCI. Pray that I can find another campus to do this on since we now have a good number of people going to UCI each week. I want to break ground at a new a location.
If you’re interested in trying to set-up a table, download the Contradict image from this site and Staples or Office Depot will print and laminate a 2 foot by 3 foot poster of it for about $10. They also have cheap folding tables that are 3 foot wide, a rolling cart for Bibles and coffee condiments. The Contradict Movement site now has a page explanation that you can print off and those work well to hand out to anyone who passes by who looks interested but doesn’t want to stay and talk.
Peace in Christ,
The book is now available. Check Amazon or Barnes online and you will find it by searching for my name or for Contradict.
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