Sunday, November 23, 2008

QUESTIONS for Former Adventists

I have asked myself over and over, "why did God open my eyes about Adventism?" My sister who is the sweetest faithful server of Christ is still an Adventist. I tend to over analyze everything and many people just want me to shut up and enjoy being in the truth, but I really desire to know. I also would like to ask other former Adventists the same things I ask myself. If I get enough responses, I might compile them into an article to submit to Proclamation Magazine.

So here are some questions:

1. Do you feel like God chose you and miraculously opened your eyes--like Lot and his family being physically taken out of Sodom and Gomorrah? (You feel you personally had nothing to do with it.... just a miracle of grace.) If you feel this way, is there anything we can do to help other Adventists receive this miracle or should we just let God do things in His own time? After all, being chosen is God's business, not ours.... (or any version of that.)

2. Do you feel God is calling ALL Adventists into a fuller truth and you had some personality characteristics that made you more willing to see truth? Perhaps you are courageous or inquisitive or rebellious or intelligent. What in YOU made God able to get through where He has not been successful in other Adventists? If this is the case, then how do we reach Adventists who may not have these types of personality traits?

3. Do you feel you had and still have a more authentic relationship with Christ than Adventists and that is what led you out?

4. Do you feel that God took you through an experience that helped you see the truth and it had nothing to do with personality? How can you take your personal experience and use it to help others see the truth?

5. Finally, what, if anything, can we do or should we do to help other SDAs see the full truth of the gospel?