After our museum visit we headed to a large playground at Golden Gate Park. While the kids climbed and explored, I planted myself on a picnic table to rest and people watch. A young man walked across the grass and came up to where I was. We started talking. He was 24, a recent college graduate and had just moved here from SoCal. He talked about his plans for an exciting, fulfilling and successful life. I brought up the issue of what comes after that, referring to the day of judgment. We had a long, in depth conversation that involved apologetics, testimony, the Law and the Gospel.
“I have my own moral standards”, he began as he defended himself. He thought he was a good person. Then he excused himself by saying that he has his own belief system, recently acquired through the reading of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. Newly enlightened in the New Spirituality, he tried to make me doubt my faith. You could feel the unseen spiritual conflict as he tried to destroy my faith in Jesus. I turned the main issue to his future appointment before God, the character attributes of God, the breaking of God’s Law, our accountability to God, and God’s righteous justice against sin. Using scripture.
It was amazing. As he listened concerning the Law and God’s perfect character, his mouth shut, and he became silent, looking down. Minutes before he was proud and defending himself. Now he was humbled and quiet while he listened about the gift and grace of God in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Rom.3:19-20.