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Atheist Tuesday: Love Thy Naysayer

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A friend of mine recently watched the video of my interview with an atheist Joker on YouTube. He was amazed that I didn’t get upset and angry at the things he was spouting. “If it was me,” he confessed, “I’m not so sure I would have remained so calm.” I explained to him that after dealing with these types of unbelievers for many years, there isn’t much they can say that will rattle my cage.

If a blind man gave you erroneous directions, you wouldn’t seethe because you understand that he can’t see; you’d consult a map.

The Bible says “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Cor 4:4)

A homeless lady babbles to you some nonsense about the origins of life and explains very clearly how nothing created everything and how a gorilla is her distant cousin. Would you argue and spit? Of course not. You’d consider her pitiful condition and show her much grace, gently explaining the truth.

A toddler hollers  and screams  that he knows better than you. Wouldn’t you consider his maturity and demonstrate great patience and gentleness?

A Christian evangelist understands that a non-believer will say all kinds of silly things about God, the Bible, and how life works. He may demean you, harass you, laugh and cackle at your beliefs and the truth you profess.

So what?

Continue to speak the truth in love understanding that you, too, were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2: 1-5)

Realize anew that they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. ( 1 Peter 4:5)

When confronted with that antagonistic atheist, don’t get mad, don’t answer evil with evil. Do what our Savior did when he spoke to the young, naive, clueless ruler who thought he had all the answers: “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (Mark 10:21)

Then continue to preach the Gospel.

***Next week: The real motivation of the atheists who comment on this blog and why I let them post their comments.

15 Comments

  1. Say whatever you want, but don’t claim to love us after making negative comparisons to homeless people and children. It’s a lie, and you’re not supposed to be doing that.

  2. Steve wrote: “The real motivation of the atheists who comment on this blog…

    Oh, lovely; more attempts at mind-reading.

    For the record, Steve, I know you were talking about a homeless woman, but please tell me that you don’t actually think “nothing created everything” is our point of view.

    Gorillas being our distant cousin is correct, though. Do you know why? Do you understand how we got to that answer?

  3. You put too much faith in your bible. If one examines the oldest known Bible to date, the “Sinai Bible” housed in the British Museum – one finds a staggering 14,800 differences from today’s Bible and yet it still remains the word of God.

  4. I’ll also point out that each non-Christian posting comments here has a different reason for doing so. Therefore, stating that there is just *a* “real motivation” for people to comment here is incorrect.

    There are multiple motivations; each of us is very different.

  5. Now nobody actually say what your motivation is. I really want to see Steve’s guess without any sort of comment influencing it. Let’s see how accurate he is!

  6. Why doesn’t everyone just post why they post on this site, it could be enlightening. Though it would be nifty to engage in a debate of evolution, since Steve seems to have passively brought up the subject. I’ve heard Ray Comfort’s arguments against evolution and seen street interviews he’s done with young people or people in general who are ignorant of science or physics, but every time he pulls out those photo shopped signs of the crocoduck I just have to face palm and throw my hands up. Ignorance of the theory of evolution is not a defense when debating to scientists, just like being ignorant of the 10 commandments also doesn’t seem to be a defense to Christians.

  7. Me, I’m here for the pie…

  8. Vintango,

    Steve used to bring up the subject of evolution more in the past. His understanding of it is along the same lines as Ray Comfort’s. In fact, Steve has said in the past that he got his info on the theory of evolution from one of Lee Strobel’s books, of all places. (Please correct me if I’m wrong there, Steve)

    I’m sorta with Garrett here; I’m interested to see what Steve writes *without* any of us actually stating our reasons.

    I just thought it was strange that Steve presented it as if there was just one reason that all of us non-believers shared. Because that? Is definitely not correct.

  9. Wait – you guys aren’t here for the pie?

  10. Last post regarding evolution led Steve bailing with his tail betwixt his leg. In fact, when he did a major update to the blog he dropped the “Evolution” tag completely. I’m willing to chalk that up to an oversight, but he’s clearly not a heavyweight in that ring. To be fair to Steve, the point of this site is evangelism and not being as ignorant about biology as possible.

  11. I think from now on my evidence for Atheism will be how religious people like Steve pretend to read minds and so completely fail at it.

  12. Eh I suppose everyone should wait till Steve posts his input on why he thinks atheists are posting here. I’ve seen that you’ve posted for awhile Garrett and you and Steve seem to have a long post history, I’m eager to hear from you why you post here vs. why Steve thinks you’re here. I’m assuming you’re atheist.

  13. Vintango,

    Actually, out of the atheists who currently post here, I *think* that I’ve been here the longest.

  14. Well I think I and some others came over because Steve was all like

    “Stupid Evilution was Stupid”

    And we were like

    “Nu-uh!”

    And he was like

    “Was too!”

    And we were like

    “What is Evolution?”

    And Steve was like

    “Umm, Lee Strobel and, Er, Ray Comfort, mm said Dogs don’t give birth to Monkeys!”

    And we were all like

    “You don’t actually have any idea do you?”

    And Steve was like

    “No”

    And we were like

    “You simply disagree with anything that doesn’t fit your biblical interpretation”

    And Steve was like

    “That’s right. The Evidence Doesn’t Matter, mostly because I don’t know what it is” (Remember we confirmed that just a couple of weeks ago)

    And we were like

    “Ok”

    And Steve was like

    “But I have evidence for God!”

    And we were like

    “Really?”

    And Steve was like

    “No, not really”

    And then we were like

    “Sadface”

    And Steve was like

    “I can’t prove God to you because like you have to believe first”

    And we were like

    “Wha?”

    So mostly I think we stay for lulz.

  15. I think you just brought them, BathTub. 🙂

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