I’m taking a survey as I do some research for a possible book idea. The topic: when is help not help.
Part 1: In general, if someone offers to help you, but the help they give isn’t something you need, is it still help? For example, if you need A, B and C done, but they insist on doing X, Y and Z, even though you may not need them done, have they helped you? Or satisified themself?
Part 2: In Christian ministry, if someone has a physical need (ie: hunger) and we respond with a spiritual answer (ie: a Bible, a church service), have we helped? Is there a point at which we need to first satisfy physical needs before presenting spiritual answers? And. from a Christian perspective, can you satisfy a physical need without at some point offering spiritual assistance? For example, if you’ve fed a starving person without at some point introducing them to Jesus, have you helped them?
No right answers, just curious for some feedback!