Is there any such thing as too much truth?
One of my best friends recently found the courage to tell me something that had the potential to demolish our relationship.
There is an issue that we have generally agreed to disagree about, but in friendly terms. Usually, we hang out and this issue never even rises to the surface. However, each of us takes our stand very firmly and is unlikely to be swayed either way. We have had educated discussions and respectful dialogue. From the very beginning my friend has respected me and my faith and never been confrontational.
I had no idea that my friend had been cogitating on her opinion for several weeks. She was dissatisfied with the remaining ambiguity in her mind. When she came to her conclusion, we were farther apart in our beliefs about God than ever before. Last week we spent a fun morning together combing the interesting, fluffy shops along the waterfront of National Harbor. Just as we were parting, she paused, lowered her voice and said, “I have to tell you something. I’m not sure how you’ll take it, but I believe our friendship deserves this level of honesty. I have decided to become an atheist.”
I believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only begotten Son of God. I believe that God created the world in 7 days simply by the power of His word. And I believe that Jesus came, lived a sinless life, was crucified, dead and buried and raised to life on the third day. Now, through Him, God has pardoned my sin and I am confident of my eternal life with Him in heaven.
Can we be friends? Does something good, like the truth, carry the latent poison to kill a relationship?