I was thinking today about all the reasons people believe in Christ. Obviously there are all kinds of justifications for belief in Christ: fear of hell, conformity, spiritual experience, etc. etc. Some are converted when meeting with missionaries, some when they attend a revival meeting and see gifts of the spirit, some grow up believing. Mormons and Evangelicals often go back and forth in criticizing each other on the flimsy arguments, misleading statements, scare tactics, etc that are used to gain converts.
My question is: Is it theologically significant why a person believes in Christ, or in the correct view of Christ?
Here are a few outlying examples:
Does it matter if I believe in Christ based on:
- the miracles of Benny Hinn
- experiencing holy laughter
- getting the crap scared out of me at hell-house
- seeing Jesus in a LSD trip.
- a hypnotic suggestion
- succumbing to this knock-down anti-evolution argument.
- falling in love with a missionary
- following a false prophet