I had a friend ask me about Atheism today. He said, “Louie, I’ve got a co-worker here that says he’s an atheist. How can I reach him?” My response to this is in no way the only way to talk to an atheist, but this is simply the way the conversation took place. I told him “There is no such thing as an atheist.” He looked at me patiently waiting for me to explain. I said, “An atheist is someone who claims there is no God, but the problem with that statement is for it to be true they would have to be all knowing. The only way someone could state that there absolutely is no God would require them to know everything there is to know about everything therefore atheism isn’t even possible.” Then I shared with him that the guy is actually an agnostic. An agnostic is someone who simply doesn’t know if there is a God or not. That is someone you can work with.
The truth is I don’t have any magic phrases or examples to convince anyone that there is a God. I told my friend the best thing he can do for the guy is to share the gospel with him if he is able, listen to him, respect his thoughts and most of all love him. The Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” Notice it says, “In his heart” not head. In other words someone claiming they don’t believe there is a God doesn’t have an intellectual problem they have a heart problem. There is more than enough evidence all around us to tell us there is a God. No, the problem isn’t intellectual at all rather it is the guy, more than likely, doesn’t want there to be a God because that means he will have to deal with him.
I remember having a conversation with a co-worker several years ago that went something like this. The guy was sort of on the fence about the whole subject of God, church and the Bible. I told him, “This is how I see it. We live on a ball in the middle of an unbelievably vast, dark universe. We are either out here in this dark, cold and silent universe alone and no one is coming to rescue us, or there is a God who designed all of this, and he’s already sent his son to rescue us. I don’t know about you, but I’m going with the second option.”
As today’s conversation came to an end I said, “you can’t argue or convince someone into the Kingdom. They are either going to come in with an invitation or they are going to rebel against the message.” I told him “one thing is for sure he knows you care about him and the offer is on the table. We don’t always have to have all the answers, but don’t get mad or bent out of shape when you talk with him. Keep your peace and make yourself available to him.” The approach I have is to include myself using words like we and us. Don’t point fingers because ultimately we are in this thing together. I left him with this–I heard once that sharing the gospel with someone is like one beggar telling another beggar where they can find a sandwich. All we can do is present the gospel; it is entirely up to the person and the Holy Spirit after that.
Written by Louie