How to Evangelize to an Atheist ...


Uploaded by GodsTruthForToday on 01.07.2010

Transcript:
Many people
genuinely believe
that there is no God.
They don't see any rationale for that. And
they specifically say,
“I'm an atheist.”
Now, I remember talking to
a nephew,
and I was hearing that he was an atheist, and I said, “I’ve very interested in
your conclusion
why do you think
you’re an atheist.
Um, could I talk with you about this?” And he said, “yes.”
I said, “Are you a sincere atheist?”
He said, “Yes.”
I said, “Are you
a seeker truth?” … “Yes.”
“Are you a close-minded atheist,
or an open-minded atheist?”
“Well, I’m an open-minded atheist.”
By the way, I've never heard of anybody
ever saying I’m close-minded.
I said, “Well,
since you say there is no God,
um, I understand. What I would like to do is to draw
a picture
just with this round circle of what
we'll call all the knowledge in the world.”
So I had him to draw this very large circle.
And, I said,
Now, I would like for you to
imagine all this circle is filled with
all science,
all history,
all math,
all geology,
all languages,
and I mentioned all these various facets
of life.
“Could you tell me,
of your knowledge,
how much of your knowledge do you have
that would represent
all the knowledge in the world?
Would you draw
a circle
that represents all of
your knowledge?”
And he went,*draws small circle*
I said, “Oh, okay.
Well, since
this represents your knowledge,
tell me:
is it just possible
that God could exist outside of your knowledge?
Meaning you know that God does not exist here.
You're sure.
Is it possible that
God could
live outside of your circle
of knowledge?” … “Well,…
yes, I suppose so.”
I said, “Oh, well thank you for being
sincere. Thank you for being open-minded, because
that's true -- you know
your knowledge
does not hold any knowledge of God.
So,
He couldn't exist somewhere
Here. *Points elsewhere in the larger circle*
So, well you’re really not an atheist are you?
Instead, you’re just an agnostic. You’re saying, ‘I don't know.’”
“Well,… ok. I guess so.”
“And by the way, since being an agnostic
is not going to be the end position, In other words, just saying ‘I don't know. I don't know.’
Either there is a God or there isn't a God -- isn't that true?”
“Yes.”
“Well, if there
should it be a God --
now, did you say, um,
did you say you were
a seeker of truth?” “Oh, yes.”
“Ok, if there could be a God,
would you be willing to find out why there's so many people who do believe,
and they’re absolutely sure there is a God.
Would you be open to
seeking out the truth
that they have found?
You did say you’re a seeker of truth?” “Yes, yes.
Well, I suppose so.”
This is just a
it’s an approach that
has been very successful – in fact I will just say
having no credit, that
focused on me,
it's interesting that in Psalm 14,
the first verse,
“The fool says in his heart
there is no God.”
Let’s be
aware that there are many people who really,
they just want truth. They really want to be on the side of truth.
It’s not that they're wanting to believe a lie.
Perhaps, it's because of you
that they might be open
to hearing
truth unlike they've been willing before.
If we can help you in any way, we want to do so. We have
“God’s Heart
on Atheism and Agnosticism,”
with many different approaches of just presenting
the truth, that indeed,
there is a God…
a personal God of intelligent design
a personal God
who changes
peoples' lives.