I see dead people…Walking around like regular people…. They only see what they want to see. They don’t know they’re dead. —Cole Sear, from The Sixth Sense
Did you hear the one about the atheist who thought he was dead?
He goes into the doctor’s office and tells the doctor that he’s dead. The doctor tells him that he’s not dead and shows him charts and graphs to show that he’s alive.
“But,” the atheist says, “you could have made up the charts and graphs.”
So the doctor tells the atheist, “Dead people don’t move.”
The atheist replies, “Dead people can in fact move uncontrollably after death.”
“I will give you proof.” The doctor then asks the atheist, “Do dead people bleed?”
“No, dead people don’t bleed.”
The doctor takes a sharp pin and pokes the atheist’s arm; a small amount of blood comes to the surface. The atheist responds with great surprise, “Well how about that? Dead people do bleed.”
A rich man who found himself in Hell and pleaded that if a man rose from the dead, his five brothers, who were still alive, would believe and be spared the agony was forever suffering. The reply? “They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.” In other words, they have the Bible. Then the rich man said, “No, if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.” The reply? “If they don’t read the Bible, then neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.”
No amount of evidence will ever change the mind of an atheist. Why? God says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Ample evidences are given in this life that there is a God, evidences that atheists declare are not really evidences at all.
A wise Christian will understand that atheists, like the rest of the unbelieving masses, are dead in their sin and trespasses. And until they come to Christ by faith, they cannot see, they cannot know, they cannot believe; they are dead men walking, condemned already.
So why argue? Do what Jesus did. State your case, then move on.
Jesus said, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for [proof], but no [proof] will be given to it except the [proof] of Jonah.”
*That’s this pastor’s point of view. What’s yours?