My parents are Chinese, and have moved to Australia. The way they were brought up led them to believe in spiritual things and to lie in business deals, etc. We ae now a Christian family, but although I have explained to them that they should stop, it doesn’t work! What can I do?
I’m not that old either, only 11.
Please don’t say that I should lead by example, they just say that sometimes you have to lie, and the spiritual aspect- can Christians believe in that stuff? They’re not letting it take over their lives or anything- it’s a question in itself.
Also, the lying- sometimes it’s essential is it? I don’t know how to explain there. And by spiritual I mean Feng Shui, Chi (or Qi) etc. sort of like, well, energy.
I just don’t want them, or in reality anyone, to burn eternally in hell. If you have time, also let me know how to spread God’s word effectively without getting shot because that’s what I want as an occupation.
THANK YOU in ADVANCE.
BTW, I have asked this before.
Persistence in prayer and building up your own faith, and walking in the Spirit, will increase your confidence in God and make you a witness by your life choices.
perhaps these friends could offer further advice………
I also do not believe in God, however I will attempt to help rather than leave a childish comment as above.
You can’t force anyone to believe something, first and foremost. You can ask them, you can explain why you believe it’s wrong for them to lie and what the consequences are. But you can’t force them.
Likewise, if you want them to listen to you, you have to be willing to listen to them and try and understand more what it’s like in the business world and why they might have to (or feel they have to) lie. Things aren’t always black and white for adults, they’re probably doing what they think is best to be able to provide for their family in today’s world.
Looking at it another way, I believe that as long as they repent their sin – in this case lying – they should still be freed from eternal hell.
If they are truly Christian, they should listen to the counsel given in the Bible…
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, and they are fornication, uncleanness, loose conduct, Â idolatry, practice of spiritism, enmities, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, contentions, divisions, sects, envies, drunken bouts, revelries, and things like these. As to these things I am forewarning YOU, the same way as I did forewarn YOU, that those who practice such things will not inherit God’s kingdom.” – Galatians 5:19-21
“Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie.’” – Rev 22:15
“There are six things that Jehovah does hate; yes, seven are things detestable to his soul: lofty eyes, a false tongue, and hands that are shedding innocent blood, a heart fabricating hurtful schemes, feet that are in a hurry to run to badness, a false witness that launches forth lies, and anyone sending forth contentions among brothers.” – Prov 6:16-19
“YOU are from YOUR father the Devil, and YOU wish to do the desires of YOUR father. That one was a manslayer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of [the lie].” – John 8:44
“A cheating pair of scales is something detestable to Jehovah, but a complete stone-weight is a pleasure to him.” – Prov 11:1
“Carry on prayer for us, for we trust we have an honest conscience, as we wish to conduct ourselves honestly in all things.” – Hebrews 13:18
Also, by example can one see the benefits of following the Bible’s standards, God’s standards, in being honest in all things and being free of any sort of spiritism, or spiritistic practices.