The Bigger Zero


An atheist reader sent me this photo in response to my story about the misguided pastor who complained about having to leave an 18% tip at Applebee’s. So, this unbelieving diner doesn’t believe in God and gives 28%. Wonderful!

But I’ve got bad news for atheists who think tipping well has any merit after they die.

The bible says that all our good works are as menstrual cloths in the eyes of God. All the good things you do will not get you one step to Heaven. Not one. Zero.

Don’t believe in Heaven? Doesn’t matter. Hell? “So what,” you say.

Dear atheist friend, your belief in the afterlife does not matter one bit, only what you do here now—and it ain’t good works.

You must repent and trust in Jesus Christ to be forgiven of your sins, like the sin of lying (if you’ve ever done that, then you are a liar), or stealing (ever done that?) or misused God’s name which is blasphemy, or looked with lust which Jesus calls adultery, if you’ve sinned even one time—including the sin of homosexuality—then you will be found guilty and end up in Hell.

Whether you believe in it or not.

But God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, suffered and died for all your sins, was buried for three days and rose again. If you, unbelieving friend,  put your trust in Christ’s finished work on the cross and turn away from your sin, then God will forgive you.

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

That’s the best tip I can give!

That, and don’t breathe underwater.


  1. I love it when folks tip big…I hope this sparks everyone to tip our servers well. Especially when they do a great job.

  2. We must continue to preach Christ whether atheists want to believe it or not!
    The day will come when they will finally realize “He Lives!”

  3. Nothing has any merit after we die.

  4. “I’ve got bad news for atheists who think tipping well has any merit after they die.” — Not here. No “merit” looking here! Nice fellow non-Christian there, though. 🙂

    Belief in an old book…but hey, whatever floats your boat! As for me and myself, I won’t serve the “Lord”, or “God”. Jesus was a man. I prefer to stick within the realm of reality.

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