Institute Happenings

I am at the Institute this week teaching apologetics. On Monday, I had the students interview people on the streets about what kind of worldview that person had. I gave the students several questions to use and the answers were very interesting, but proved what I was thinking.

Most young people do not or have not thought about their future. They haven’t thought about what happens after a person dies, mostly they are living for the future.

Often, people here tell me that the US culture and the culture here are very different. However, I see many similarities as well. For the most part, I think people are people and while we may think differently in one aspect, we come to the same conclusions in the end.

Case in point, youth dealing with the future. For the most part, most of them are only thinking for today. That’s why it is so difficult to get them to think on spiritual matters such as “What will happen to me when I die?”

So, American youth smoke, do drugs, drink alcohol, drive their cars fast. They think they will live forever.

So, the students in this exercise confirmed this to me with youth here. The comments I heard were, “I haven’t thought about that,” “I don’t want to think about that,” or “That’s in the future. I need to think about today.”

Yesterday, I had the students do debates between different religious views and Christianity. The students found it much harder than they thought it would be (for me as well!). Some of them really got into the part of the different world religions and I think it served it’s purpose in showing the students that they must know why they beleive what they believe.

This is the last session for the students in the missionary faculty. They will come back in August to receive their diploma. They are a great group of students from four of the five central Asian countries. Pray for them as they go back to their places of service. Many are looking for opportunities to serve.