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I think many evangelical Christians are going about their evangelism in the wrong way. What I hear from some of the most prominent evangelicals is that we are all going to Hell if we don't believe exactly as they believe and repent for all of our sins immediately.

Regardless of the truth or falsity of this, the technique is not very effective. A more effective approach would be to point out that there is a loving god who cares very much for you and wants you to behave in a certain way. In other words, scaring people is not nearly as good a way to convert people as demonstrating the benefits of conversion.

From my personal experience, I find that the deity that many evangelicals want me to believe in is hostile, angry, judgmental, capricious, and a whole host of other things that I don't want in my life. At least that's how they portray the Christian god. I refuse to believe in a god that embodies those qualities. Such a god would not be worthy of worship.

I also have experienced evangelical Christians telling me that if I do certain things I will be condemned to Hell. With these Christians telling me how to live my life (which I do not particularly appreciate), I don't need God. The evangelicals are replacing the personal relationship with God that they claim I need with a lot of didactic judgment. I needn't mention that the Bible that they claim is inerrant states, (Matthew 7:1).

What I'm saying is that in order for evangelicals to gain any significant ground, they have to speak a language of good news, not of doom and gloom.