The SLEEP Acrostic Memory Aid

Here is a review of an approach using a SLEEP acrostic, to keep in mind if, after using the judo technique to respond to common objections to the Christian faith, people require a little more time or reason from you as to your convictions:

Scriptures

“When I mention eternal life and heaven or hell or God, the Scriptures plainly assume these things to be true. And seeing as it has been one of the most influential books in human history, particularly in the western world, can’t we assume that it is worthy of our attention and personal consideration? Do you have an understanding of what it teaches as to how a person can have eternal life?”

Logical Fallacy

“The idea that there is no God or is no heaven is what is called in logic a universal negative. The problem is that no one can prove a universal negative because no one can be all present in the universe and all knowing of all there is to know and discover… that is unless one is actually God! It is very difficult to prove that there are no diamonds in Australia. It is much easier to prove there are diamonds in Australia, just go find a couple!”

Epistemological Question

“Is is a fair thing to ask how we know there is a heaven or a hell or God. You have just asked what is the epistemological question! A major branch of philosophy is Epistemology, the study of knowledge and knowing. Put simply, human being know things through either rationalism or revelation. By thinking and cogitating and proposing ideas and reflecting upon them, using rational though processes, much knowledge has been deduced by human effort. But the knowledge of God and heaven, etc, comes by revelation, introduced by God, where God takes the initiative and reveals things to human beings as God wills in God’s time and place. Jesus Himself is the ultimate expression of that revelation knowledge.”

Experiences of People

“In recent times many people have been resuscitated and give testimony of some life beyond death, most of it regarding a heavenly vision. Personal testimony should be recognised as valid in regards to information about God just like a judge would hear testimony in a court of law for the purposes of adjudication. The real question is the trustworthiness of the person giving the testimony. In the New Testament we have eye witness accounts of Jesus and His resurrection that are worthy of consideration.”

Psychology

“While testimony is often given of heavenly experiences, more recently people who have been involved in resuscitating people in a near death experience can account for very hellish experiences too. While people may in fact forget this trauma of hell once they recover, those treating them at the time did not and do not! This is explained by a simple element of psychology – the things people fear most they suppress in memory. The reality of hell is such that any person who experiences it, even for only a short period, do not freely recall such a trauma.”

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