If an athiest is ready to receive the word of God you will know it and feel it and God will put you in his path so that you can bring the Truth to him, otherwise you cannot even have a good converstion with them because as Donna66 said, they really believe they have the truth, not God Truth but their own truth and they do think they are smarter then you.
God has to work in their hearts and bring in them a need to know about Christ. Without that work of God you are not getting anywhere.
Second, we are not dogs as Trav wants us to believe, and when I tell my dog attack he loves you to death. My dog is not a sorry dog, he is a wonderful children dog.
---MarkV. on 4/14/10|
Eph 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints,
Eph 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I guess Paul does not know his Scripture nor His Savior nor His Father nor the Holy Spirit.
---aka_joseph on 4/14/10|
Scripture tells us that someone plants a seed, someone else comes along and waters that seed in that person's life but it's ultimately God who causes the growth.
I think that's in Corinthians, I'll have to look it up.
Take it from me, I have been showing God's love to my un-saved Jewish neighbor, we bonded as friends, but there is no fellowship there. After 3 years of being her friend I happen to mention a scripture that I said to a man who is bi-polar and she started screaming at me that she doesn't believe that, etc., I said to her, I wasn't telling YOU that scripture, I was telling you what I said to this man. The bible tells us NOT to cast our pearls before swine.
---Donna5535 on 4/14/10|
Why bother? There is a Scripture which goes something like this: "Do not try and pen your religion on someone's elses sleeve because they may not wear it! God's people must obey God, this is a have to. However, we obey God and then we leave it alone. All the witnessing in this world will not save lost souls. It is ultimately, up to God to whom He saves. We speak His words, that is where our responsibilty ends. That's Scripture folks.
---catherine on 4/14/10|
watch and pray. ask God whether or not He wants you to be still or witness. If so, open your mouth and the Word will come. do not think about what to say.
Don't expect any results. The Holy Spirit planted a seed. Let it grow.
it is not you, me, or our brilliance that shines when the Word is spoken.
---aka_joseph on 4/14/10|
The Bible says his Word does not go out void... So share His word with them.....
---Mrd on 4/13/10|
The Bible is the living Word of God. Quoting Scripture is power. Jesus quoted scripture to Satan. Speaking and writing the living Word of God to an athiest does hold power. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
---Susan on 1/30/10|
Putting it in writing could help. Since it's already in writing in the bible giving them one can help too. Since actions speak to some louder than words do, consider this: When we love unconditionally, exude peace and happiness, are quick to forgive an offense, when we turn the other cheek, go the proverbial extra mile, are in a constant state of gratitude, when we have nothing but kind words for one another and (especially) for strangers, are humble, gladly embrace opportunities to serve, when we share our testimonies, encourage one another and are living witnesses...hardhearted people are sometimes more easily convinced of the Truth. For these people, seeing really is believing.
---AlwaysOn on 10/31/09|
If they refuse to listen to you, they probably will send it to the round file as soon as they see what you are writing about. They won't "save it" to read later.
An "atheist" has already made up his mind not to believe. Pray that the Lord shows them their need of Him. Otherwise back off for now.
Atheists generally see themselves as more intelligent than other people and may ask questions, not to learn, but in an attempt to trip you up so as to prove themselves superior. The Lord said not to cast your pearls before swine.
Wait until the Lord shows you the time is right.
---Donna66 on 10/31/09|
I say forget it. Easy for me to talk. I would probably get madder than a wet hen.
---catherine on 10/29/09|
yes, i think it will help... provided they do not tear it up or bin it immediately
---patie3447 on 10/29/09|
What good does it do to quote scripture to someone who, doesn't believe the scripture is true or real. Notice I referred to an atheist, not agnostic or an unsaved person. I am NOT an atheist. However, I've had/heard people try to convince an atheist that God is real by "quoting scripture" ummm yea? I even heard someone say "Well I know it's true because the Bible says so..." yes.. but if the atheist doesn't believe in God then certainly he doesn't believe in the word of God either. "Duh?" To him/her, it's just a book. You have to do more than know the scripture,, more than understand it. You have to be wise "in it." I know it's hard but you can do it. Let God speak through you.
---Brian_Bloo on 10/27/09|
At age 15, an "atheist" is most likely just a rebel. This is still true of many adults. They believe that denying the existance of God makes them seem more intellectual, more sophisticated...maybe more cool. Sometimes this is a bid for attention by "shocking" people of faith.
It's not possible to prove a negative (that something DOESN'T exist), but a lot of atheists love to argue, nevertheless. You will never "out-argue" an atheist. They can usually only be reached when circumstances cause them to question their own self-sufficiency.
---Donna66 on 2/8/09|
If you've tried to witness to them, then more than likely they won't be willing to receive it on paper either. You have to remember that unbelievers are blind to the written Word of God. God opens the eyes of your heart to the scriptures once you come to believe in Jesus. You have to simply walk it in front of them, and ask the Father to surround that person with other witnesses as well. It's not your job to save your relatives, but you can only strive to convince them of the truth with your life. You can also pray for other peoples families to get saved and then yours will too. It's selfless prayer that Jesus listens closest to.
---BryanG on 2/8/09|
And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them, and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.
Exodus 14:3 (just one of the verses)
GOD got honoured. GOD will be honoured.
The Potter Can And Will Do Whatever He Wants. You, me, we are his creation.
I've got a dog. That I didn't create even. I raised my dog to be my dog.
The dog is my dog. You don't tell me what to do with my dog. He is mine. I tell him fetch, stay, lay down or attack he obeys. He does not argue or reason with me. He might not get a treat. If he's sorry dog, he's gone. Sometimes we are worse than dogs. Even Christ called some people dogs.
---Trav on 10/10/08|
Trav: "But, GOD raised Pharoah up to just for his own purposes, he also blinded Saul into Paul."
I surely hope you are joking about the Pharoah. Did He do the same for Hitler, Stalin and the rest? God forbid! God raises up no one to sin or be disobedient. That's not the nature of God. When it comes to hardening ones heart that comes later in the
---Steveng on 10/9/08|
Elyse, it is more likely at 15 years of age, that you will be convinced he is correct, than that you will be able to hold your own, let alone convert him. I don't know why you would even like somebody who was arrogant enough to dismiss God as a fairytale at such a young age. The Bible is clear that such people are not to be sought out. We should not be prejudiced against them personally, but they are mistaken, and you are way ahead of him, and you would be unevenly yoked. Having said all that, some elderly atheists are very nice people (good and not evil) and God may love them more than some self-proclaimed Christians. Decide using your head, not your heart. I know I will get some stick from Christians and atheists for this.
---frances008 on 10/9/08|
What is your definition of Swine and Dogs.
I haven't researched swine. This seemingly would typify people who wallow in the filth of the world. I have been rended a few times.
Got to find my copy of the Lost Books of the Bible. It had some very insightful reading on the subject.
---Trav on 10/9/08|
Try not to cast your pearls amongst Swine where they will be trampled under their feet!
---Carla3939 on 10/9/08|
Doesn't everyone here love our resident atheist. GOD sent to provoke to study and check our facts. I was probably never athesist...but, I had some modern doubts he brings up occaisionally.
He sincerely is the rod that either breaks or sharpens the knife.
But, GOD raised Pharoah up to just for his own purposes, he also blinded Saul into Paul.
---Trav on 10/9/08|
You people are showing your pride in your knowledge of words - atheist, agnostic.
A Christian plants the seed and have God take it from there. By planting the seeds, I mean to talk about the Kingdom of God and how to get there in regular conversation as Jesus did with the women at the well. Of course, setting an example of a godly life would maybe convince him (or her). The ultimate convincer would be to perform a miracle, but alas, today's Christians don't have enough faith to perform such things. Most Christian believe that performing miracles doesn't belong to these times.
---Steveng on 10/8/08|
John 8:12: "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
John 9:4: "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5: As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Matthew 5:14: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."
Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
---Nana on 10/8/08|
Best thing to do with an athiest is to avoid the frustration of trrying to convince them of anythig and let an ultra educated,life-long athiest,that took 5 years of his life to research the bible and all of its claims,GOD,Jesus and the histirically correctness of all things Christian.He done the research,he found the Lord and s now a pastor dedicated to converting athiests.His name is Lee Strobel.He has some great books out and he has a web site and it is just best to let someone that used to claim to be athiest to do the work for you,believe me just not having to deal with the frustration is worth it,plus,this guy is really good at apologetics.
---ron on 10/8/08|
A person cannot be Atheist. They are either a liar or an unbeliever.
To say there is no God one would have to know all things about all things. That would make that person God.
To be Atheist would require extensive study. In that study one would meet God.
One would then have to reject Him and that would make them an unbeliever.
Show this to your friend and deal with them as an unbeliever.
The "I am an Atheist" is shock factor to get you off their case.
---EWlder on 10/7/08|
Hi, could someone please help me? I really like this guy, but he says he's an athiest. We're both only 15, so I have trouble believing that he thinks he's REALLY an athiest. I don't know how to talk to him about it. Every time I try, it ends up looking like an argument. I don't want to argue with him, but he seems so stuborn about it. My parents aren't to happy that I want to date an athiest either. I will pray for him a lot, but does anyone have any suggestions of how I can talk to him about it?
---Elyse on 10/22/07|
No. Atheism and Agnosticism are not mutually exclusive. Atheism is a lack of a belief in god, be it Yahweh, Allah, Zeus, or Thor. Agnosticism is a claim that its truly impossible to have absolute knowledge whether a god exists, in the same vein that you cannot say with absolute certainty that the toothfairy or santa claus exists.
---Johnny_Boy on 4/26/07|
To say one is an atheist, ask yourself, are they really? I mean when trouble comes around some have came to me and ask me to pray. If they didn't believe in God then why ask for prayer? I would just be yourself, let the God in you shine through that this person can see you differently than others. I would still tell that person just how good God is, who knows he/she may listen when they say their not. Remember actions speaks louder than words. Show God through your actions, as well.
---Rebecca_D on 4/26/07|
copeland and meyer are false teachers and listen to them if you want a perversion of the word.
---r.w. on 8/19/06|
For someone close to you who is a athiest..Well if Jesus lives in YOU..which I am sure he does, then you will become the very same nature as he is. He is Love. Let your friend see your actions..."what would Jesus do" in stead of your preaching. Actions speak louder then words. Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer are great teachers..if you want to get into the meat of the word. God Bless
---Debbie on 6/15/05|
Paul James, the word Agnostic comes from two Greek words. Ag means No and Nostic (Gnostic) means knowledge. So an agnostic has no knowledge. We are back to square one.
Be available to this person. Gospel Tracts can help. Then he can't use the print against you.
Stay available to him and let him know that you are. Ask him why he feels the way he does and let him talk.
---Elder on 6/14/05|
Elder. This person 'claims' to be an atheist. I know from things he says that he is really agnostic BUT I'm asking, because he totally shuts off when anyone tries to speak of God, could it help to put it all in writing and pray he will read it - maybe bits at a time over a long period. Something in writing can be picked up whenever the person wishes, something said can be pushed to the back of the mind, sometimes for ever. I see this person too infrequently to let my actions speak louder than words.
---Paul_James on 6/13/05|
Sure, just keep your sentences very short, and to a minimum, else the atheist won't care and just trash it after scanning over the first sentence. i've heard that it takes more faith to believe that there's not a God, then it does to believe that there is a God.
---Eloy on 6/13/05|
PJ:People who claim to be Athiests should be able to prove that there is no God merely making a bland statement only invites arguementation,& seeking attention.Just ask the one simple question which human being created the eye,so small intricate & lasts for a life time.there is only one answer There are those who are so blind, not, that they cant see, But wont see!!!
---Emcee on 6/13/05|
Dear Paul James: It is difficult to really tell where this person is coming from. You can witness in anyway the Holy Spirit is leading you. However, I find that prayer for them to have eyes to see and ears to hear is helpful, because only God can break down such barriers. I have personally found a good tract or note might help. Perhaps you will never know. You may be sewing seeds instead of reaping the harvest of salvation for that person. God knows you tried! Blessings!
---Elsie on 6/12/05|