True Mission Work: Why There are Few True Converts

Peter France, a BBC reporter who did a weekly program on religion for 12 years, asked Abbot Amphilichios of The Monastery of St. John the Evangelist on Patmos a question in an interview (briefly paraphrased here):
Perhaps it because of the lack of true love that there are so few true missionaries and few true converts to any modern “faith” (including my own).
“We are a modern tribe of people who reject Christianity, not because we know too little but because we know too much. We know the human mind and the conscious and unconscious and we know religious emotionalism, that it is all void of reality, we find your philosophical arguments for the existence of a God unconvincing, linguistics and archeology show your Bible is flawed, science shows no need for a Creator… so we reject your “Truth” because of our truths. What would you say to us if you were a missionary to our tribe?”

The Abbot simply smiled and said, “I would not say anything to you. I would simply live with you. And I would love you.”

St. Isaac the Syrian said, “God is reality. The person whose mind has become aware of God does not even possess a tongue with which to speak, but God resides in the heart in great serenity. He experiences no stirring of zeal or argumentativeness, nor is he stirred by anger. He cannot even be aroused concerning the faith.”

Perhaps it because of the lack of true love that there are so few true missionaries and few true converts to any modern “faith” (including my own).  After seeing and hearing the Bible and its commentators quoted and proof texted for over 40 years I’ve come to the conclusion that intellectual conversion is easy compared to being drawn to Love, and being demanded by it to a life of true love.  And those who cannot learn love truly will move on to the next syllogism of their new faith and missionize accordingly because it is, in the end, easy.

Source: http://pithlessthoughts.blogspot.com/2012/12/true-mission-work-why-there-are-few.html
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