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Witnessing To An Atheist

What would you say is the strongest point to bring up to an Atheist? Something that really gets them thinking about God.

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You don't witness to anyone unless God's power is upon you. Every unbeliever in a sense is an Atheist.
---catherine on 4/28/09


Christianity shouldn't be seen as a set of beliefs, but knowing a Person who is pure in love, compassion and mercy. And who through His Spirit poured into our hearts we are gradually changed to be able to emulate.

What concerns me is many Christian's approach to those who don't know God, or who feel He doesn't exist, or who live lifestyles that we find offensive. They are not missions to be conquered and converted through pressure, arguments and quite often vehemence. People should be approached as people who are valuable, intelligent and thoughtful and who probably have a range of reasons why they have arived at this place. 'Be quick to listen' and then 'be prepared to give an answer to everyone for the hope you have' in love.
---nt86 on 4/27/09


Hey Betty>>>I tell you what the sin is. Amd by the way, I love your answers. "See I can encourage"! The sin is UNBELIEF. Thanks!
---catherine on 4/26/09


Betty -- Atheists not only do not believe in God. They also don't believe in sin.
---Donna66 on 4/24/09


Try saying this: Wicked people want to believe there is no God. What sins are keeping you from believing that God exists?
---Betty on 4/24/09




YOu must find out why they are an atheist first. Then you must listen to their reasons and pray that you can find the real from the fake. Then ask if this objection or reason was answered would that change your mind.

Above all listen. Think and pray before answering and remeber that they are people you are presenting too. They will decide and how you speak and treat them will influence them as much or more then what you say.
---Samuel on 4/24/09


#1 What you have to remember is that atheism exists because of the total depravity of mankind (I am not a calvinist). We have been seperated from God through our transgressions, and hence, the seperation causes pain, suffering, and in an indirect way our seperation also causes atheism.
---Orrin on 4/24/09


#3 (continued): To impact scripture means that you must show why it is relevant. For example, if you read aloud Romans 1:19-20, you must explain that this means that God proves his existence by creating all things perfectly. If you look at the complexity of creation, one could see that it is either one highly impressive creation, or one heck of a coincidence. Also, it is always best to do one thing at a time in chronological order. Try this order, 1st show them that they are more likely an agnostic than they are an atheist. Because to be an atheist requires quite a heavy commitment that they themselves critisize Christians of.
---Orrin on 4/24/09


#3 (continued again): After you show them that they are agnostic most likely (as in someone who admits there is no way of knowing for sure) begin making arguments based off epistomological thinking. This basically means that you show them how they know things are real. Point out the fact that very few things are found out in every day life through scientific method. 95% of the things we know in our life are things we sense (Touch, Smell, See, etc) Those things require no scientific method, obviously. As for the rest of it, we know that we "love" someone based off a compare and contrast of different values. Love is not scientific, and yet most would agree that it exists in some non-physical way.
---Orrin on 4/24/09


The strongest point to bring to the atheist is that scientific method is useless and there is spiritual substance unknown by the uncomprehending unspiritual unexperienced atheist.
One must experience spirit to recognize it's existance-a spiritual experience which the self claimed atheist will admit he/she has not had.
Spiritual recognition is by experience of the Spirit not by scientific method.
---earl on 5/2/08




How do they think man ever got here? Hatched? Ape? I would ask how their life is going. And then go from there. cause anyone without God, their life is miserable.
---Rebecca_D on 7/24/06

I beg to differ. That's a mighty large claim to make and I think that most atheists would say they are quite happy.
---Jenna on 5/2/08


Catherine although that might be true it is not necessary to look at every atheist like their unbelief is a disease that needs to be cured. I have known many atheists myself, having grown up in the very liberal pacific northwest, and I can tell you most atheists are atheists because they have done a lot of thinking. Yes there are those that are atheists because they don't want to believe in god, but many of them have simply come to their conclusion only through long internal struggles.
---Greg on 3/16/07


I also read Greg, that alot of people are Atheist's because of their relationship with their earthly Father, while they were young growing up.
---catherine on 3/13/07


Have any of you on this blog actually witnessed and succeeded to an atheist? Many of the arguments brought fourth in this blog hinge on one very important presupposition. God Exists. Realize that the atheist you are talking to is likely to just dismiss your arguments out of hand if they sound ignorant to them. The conservation of matter and energy and the second law of thermaldynamics are not valid arguments for this. For one those arguments are built on faulty assumptions, and ignorance of facts,
---Greg on 3/9/07


and for two even if you could prove those statements, they are only destructive to evolution, and they do not prove that a god exists. The only message that I have ever been able to get through to an atheist with is Love. There are many atheists who are atheists because they were slighted by the church establishment, or they felt that god did not love them. Show them the love of god and convince them of its truth, and you may have gotten an atheist thinking about god
---Greg on 3/9/07


God created everything and everyone for His glory. Someone ought to tell an atheist this. I wander if they would get angry about that, I mean, if someone told them."Ofcourse, I wouldn't care."
---catherine on 3/5/07


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Not knowing an individuals heart and mind, it's hard to say. It is God, by His Spirit that works in a person, so I would hope to be in prayer while speaking with the athiest and speak only what God directs. Human arguments don't convert, it's not by power or might...or flesh, but by the spirit.
---Christina on 3/5/07


I would ask how we all got here in the first place. Then I'd ask who do they run to when all hell breaks lose and it seems there is no way out. God is my refuge from the storms, he'll hold me, hide me, he would shelter and never deny me.
---Rebecca_D on 3/4/07


Preaching Jesus to atheists is preaching nonsense.

Romans 1:23 "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities- his eternal power & divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that men are without excuse."

That God's visible creation points so conclusively that no one has any excuse not to believe there is a Creator God & that this understanding leads to faith in our Creator & redeemer Jesus Christ.

Praise God for that!
---Warwick on 3/4/07


I believe that I would say. "Don't tell me there is no God, I need God."
---catherine on 3/4/07


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It is true history that people saw Jesus die then become alive again. Because if they did not see him alive again, why would they put their own lives in danger to preach about it? Why would these men make it their life goal to tell people about Jesus if it wasn't true? Some of the men even died because of what they were trying to say: Jesus died and became alive again.
---sue on 3/4/07


just ask them, "Who is Jesus Christ the one you mention when u get angry? I would like to know Him, can you tell me about Him?. Who is My God whom u so mention a lot in your speeches. I would also like to know Him.
---jana on 3/4/07


law of conservation of matter and energy, says basically nothing can just appear...matter or energy cannot be created from nothing, but it can be converted...
So how did the absolute first electron or molecule come from nothing...
There has to be a God, to have it appear...
---mark on 3/3/07


In response to the no gold in china argument. Think about the premise. It is equating The existense or non existence of gold with the existence or non existence of God. These two statements are not on equal footing, because we know and can repeatedly show that gold does indeed exist, as where no one can be absolutely sure of god. A better statement to bring up to an atheist might be something to the effect of the thousands of christian aid organizations that are founded under christian principles.
---Greg on 3/3/07


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Paul. famous French mathematician Pascal thought about the same thing. His answer is a classic in philosophy called "Pascal's Wager"

Do a web search on it.
---Observer on 2/8/07


I have met very few true atheists. Most have an axe to grind and are very anti-God. If one truly did not believe in God, he or she would not be so angry with Him. It wouldn't matter if others wanted to pray in public, or what others believed in.
---lorra8574 on 2/7/07


Paul, is it this site that's bothering you or did someone ask you about your afterlife?
I really like it here. We're a tough bunch of cookies, but we have tender hearts.

What was the straw that broke the camel's back? Was there one thing that made you decide to become an atheist?
---Cindy on 2/7/07


I've often heard it said, that when a plane is going down in a ball of fire, no one is an atheist. Everyone cries out for Jesus Christ.
---Cindy on 2/7/07


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My afterlife is really none of your business. I'm an atheist because I HAVE thought about god a great deal.
So when did god stop doing parlor tricks? The old testament is full of supernatural interference in mortal affairs.

The main problem as I see it is that every religion throughout the ages has made the claims that modern Christianity makes. What happens if YOU are wrong? What if Odin is waiting for you on the other side of the grave? Let's hope you died in glorious battle.
---Paul on 2/7/07


I teach English. I reveal myself a little at a time about who I am. Not by words, but by deeds. Setting an example is far more powerful than mere words. During the holiday seasons, I tell my students that I volunteer at the soup kitchens in Pasadena and ask them if they would like to volunteer. Most of my students are Buddists or don't believe in a god so mere words won't convince them. They observe how I relate to others which plants a seed in their hearts about my God.
---Steveng on 11/13/06


I have only Love in my Heart towards Atheists.

rachel
---Reiter on 11/13/06


Do like Jesus. Just act natural listen to them & they will listen to U. A person will argue w/books to show off how smart they are but they cant argue your own personal testimony how can they prove or disprove this all they can do is listen and watch to see if you are real. The Bible says we win them by the word of the Lord and the word of our testimony. Smile, be kind act like Jesus they will watch U, push your buttons, laugh, etc. but pray and even fast if U feel the need.
---Jeanne on 11/13/06


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Atheists don't go about convincing christians that
there is no god; give atheists room to breathe.
An atheist has freedom of [or from] religion.

I have a co-worker who is an atheist. She is very vocal in her dis-belief. I think the best witness in cases like that is to show by the example yourself and let Jesus shine through you.
---grace3869 on 11/13/06


I have a few Atheist friends who enjoy debating with me over the existence of God.I usually center my argument around Rom 1:19-20 and then use nature and science to show how God has purposely placed proof of His existence throughout what He has made. I also share with them how God has answered prayers and how He has healed me and members of my family without the help of doctors or medicine. Afterwards,they usually give me a few minutes of silence followed by a lot of "but..but..but.." :)
---Kay on 11/13/06


Rachel, I don't understand your comment. I think what you are trying to say is approach atheists with love?

Guys, this is somewhat funny but it's true! I know a man of God who had a televised debate with a renowned atheist. Now he wasn't too good with being scientifc, so he was getting nowhere with the smart atheist. Exhausted, he dissed the argument and took a short-cut: he called out: "Jesus!" Before he could finish, the atheist was knocked into the floor under the power of God :)
---Okebaram on 11/12/06


Atheists don't go about convincing christians that
there is no god; give atheists room to breathe.
An atheist has freedom of [or from] religion.

Rachel
---Reiter on 11/12/06


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I think that the strongest point, so to speak, to bring up to an Atheist is to tell them how very much that God loves them. I like to tell them that God knows exactly what they are thinking right at that moment, whereas I do not have a clue.
---Helen_5378 on 10/9/06


Proof. I would ask them if they can prove that I do not exist. Then I'd say neither can you prove that God does not exist. Then I'd ask, Do you believe in air even though you cannot see it? Then I'd ask who supplies the air for all life to breathe? Now I can prove that God does exist. Supernatural miracles, especially unexplainable medical miracles of healing and resurrections are physical and tangible proof that God exists, and they are a loud testimony and witness to all that God is real.
---Eloy on 10/5/06


if a person says there is no gold in China, they must have knowledge of every crook and nannie of everyplace in china. but, if i say there IS gold in china, all i have to do is show one piece of gold somewhere
---r.w. on 10/3/06


Well they can stand on the train tracks and keep claiming that the train doesn't exist but that doesn't change anything...the train still exists and it is going to run them over! They can say all they want about God but he is still there!
---sam on 9/12/06


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#2: Also ask them, on the chance (which we know is certain) that they are wrong and God does exist, would they be willing to ask Him for guidance and understanding in reading the bible just in case. If they say "yes" then lead them in a quick prayer for understanding and revelation. But even if they say "no", make sure that they know how to get in touch with you, and you them, so that their questions and comments in reading can be addressed.
---AlwaysOn on 9/7/06


Share testimonies of God in action in your own life.
Then, if they are serious about being an atheist, advise them to be 100% familiar with what it is that they don't believe in or what they oppose. For one to just say they're an atheist without knowing the specifics of what they don't believe, is lazy. Offer them a bible and ask them to read it from cover to cover outloud and contemplate what they see and hear. Chances are they won't be a very convincing atheist afterwards.
---AlwaysOn on 9/7/06


Chad - There is a God and He is very real and He loves you very much. He loves you so much that He sent His only Son Jesus Christ into this world to become a Man and die on the Cross for your sins, then He rose from the dead. He did all that for you Chad.
---Helen_5378 on 8/16/06


Sue - The other thief on the Cross did not believe even though Jesus was right there beside him. And just how many were there that witnessed Jesus' miracles when He was on earth who refused to believe Him -- they saw Him.
---Helen_5378 on 8/15/06


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You have to be kidding me. Your logic for a designer is fallicious and flawed. More importantly, lets suppose there is a designer, that DOES NOT prove that the designer is the Christian god. The bible contains errors, contradictions and stories that are more suitable as children bedtime stories.
---Neville on 8/15/06


Ignotum Per Ignotius - To explain a thing not understood by one still less understood.

Being an atheist I am often harrassed by individuals who are happy that in their literal interpretation I will burn for eternity. This person is usually trying to prove a positive with no evidence, and arguements that usually involve assuming "A" exists before even making the statement.
---Chad on 8/7/06


Helen, I beg to differ with what you posted. If God Himself appeared before my unbelieveing friends, I am quit SURE they would be converted! get real!! As a matter of fact if God performed anykind of miracle they'd believe, I know God does NOT perform, and I tell them that, but they dont understand why not if it would save people from eternal hell.
---sue on 8/1/06


Honestly, if you're going to witness to an atheist, using the bible simply isn't going to work. That would be like them using dianetics to convert you to scientology. Would that work on YOU?
---Steve on 8/1/06


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Ro 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made . . . so that they are without excuse:

The Spirit says that God has shown them Himself. Thus, they are lying, or perhaps deceived, but not blind. They know God exists by seeing what He has created.

Are we to believe one who dies, or One who has eternal Life?
---a_servant on 7/24/06


How do they think man ever got here? Hatched? Ape? I would ask how their life is going. And then go from there. cause anyone without God, their life is miserable.
---Rebecca_D on 7/24/06


I think that all you can do (besides praying for them) is to tell them why YOU believe that God is real. We might all have different answers. Mine is because so much of the Old Testament gives prophesies or information which we now know to be true and accurate. Isaiah 53, many parts of Leviticus and the book of Job spring to mind here.
---M.P. on 7/24/06


Another good thing to bring up to an atheist is to ask them if they have ever thought about the human body? How incredible it is with all the veins and things that it has? Maybe ask them if they have ever wondered how it all got there.
---Helen_5378 on 7/24/06


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I think the problem is too often christians tell someone that has no faith that they just should, for no reason, just because there is the sky so there must be a God. Obviously that did not work for you and if I were an athiest, it would not work for me. God is so incredible, and yet I have no words to introduce him to a person who does not believe. I have tried many things and it is not working. Does anyone have a suggestion of something that has really worked?
---mka on 7/23/06


Ask them if they see the builder of the floor they were on. Even if they don't see the builder, he still exists. Even if they believe there is no such thing as a builder/carpenter, it still exists. So even if they can't see God, or don't believe he exists, it doesn't matter because he still does.
---Paul_P. on 7/23/06


Asked them if they ever say curse words like G D . When they say yes asked them if they have never heard anybody say Joyce dam, or Tom Dam, or Dam Tom or Dam Joyce. Then explain to them that they're very use of God's name proves his existence.
---mima on 7/23/06


You should start with the begining, God is the reason they woke up this morning.How in bad times if they call on God, that he will make a way.
---Tonya on 7/23/06


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I recall talking to an atheist lady one time. She said to my friend "I have been telling you for years now, prove it and I will believe". I said to her that no-one can prove God's existence, but I said, look up at the sky and try to say there is no God. I never saw her again. Anyone who says "prove it to me and I will believe" are just fooling themselves - if God stood right in front of them they still would not believe.
---Helen_5378 on 7/22/06


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