I think Christians generally do an inadequate job of evangelizing. I did poorly when I was an evangelical. That’s partly because Christian mythology is incoherent and confusing. If I believed in the Christian god now, and were trying to win over the unsaved, here’s what I would tell the potential convert:
There is no hell. God is not bent on punishing people. Our version of the story of the Fall and expulsion from the Garden is badly composed. It is not meant to be about capital punishment for breaking a rule, it is a story about coming of age as humans, of learning the difference between good and evil. You do not need to be saved; you need to grow.
The crucifixion was not a blood sacrifice for our disobedience. Jesus was executed for speaking truth that threatened to destabilize the establishment. He expected us to take on the same kind of risk.
God cannot prevent all evil from happening. He is good, but he’s not perfect, and he is not infinitely powerful. He is not spying on your activities. He is a god you can relate to.
Jesus was not concerned with following the rules, nor with blind faith; he was about being genuine. He was about being connected with the holy, the good.
The Bible is not God. You cannot use it as a replacement for common sense and morality. Take what is beautiful and meaningful from it, and understand that the rest is literature that describes an ancient culture.
I must repeat that I am not a Christian. These are my thoughts on what I would do differently now that I know better, not a criticism of religious people or evangelicals in particular.
Title image credit: The Naked Pastor.