Hi ! I would like to tell to you a conversation about religion with my grand-parents.
Context : 05/may/2013 I said to them that I'm an Agnostic Christian and I explained why I'm hesitate between Atheism and Christianity.
1.I said to them that there are contradictions about the official history in the Bible about "Augustus" and my grand-father said something like this (French : Ce n'est pas un problème. Translation : This is not a problem). He said to me that this is not a problem , how we can be sure to be right if there are a problem like that ?
2.After we spoke about some political subjects and I explained why I believe that these things are against God. He said that this is not against God because God let the choice to have better. His argument was these verses [Matthew 25:14-30] (King James Version) :
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
When I heared his argument I thought something of this kind (French : C'est quoi le rapport ? Translation : What is the link ?).
3.We spoke about the afterlife and I explained that we have no reason to be sure about the existence of Heaven and Hell and They said to me a thing of this kind : (French : Il y a peut-être la réincarnation. Translation : There are maybe the reincarnation).
Conclusion : They are maybe not sure about the Christianity because they don't follow a classic path in spirituality.
What to do ?