Wintnessing to Atheists/Agnostics

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by ChurchBoy, Apr 25, 2003.

  1. ChurchBoy

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    I posted this topic in another forum. Hopefully, it will get more attention here. I wanted to here from others on their experiences witnessing to atheists/agnostics. I have been talking with some on a skeptics forum. This is a hard group to witness to. They live their lives based on skeptism and rationalism. They cannot accept anything as true without evidence. Many of them have an open hostility toward religion and specifically toward Christianity. It brings sadness to my heart because many of these people will spend eternity apart from God. Once in a while I find myself asking God why He does not reveal Himself in a more open visual way. Adam and Eve saw God and they walked with Him. Noah and Moses spoke to God, not in a dream, or visions or in prayer but audibly. Moses saw the ten plagues and the parting of the Red Sea. Jacob physically wrestled with the Spirit of God. Saul of Tarsus meet Jesus face to face. The disciples saw Lazarus resurrected from the dead. I know we are not saved by sight or signs but by faith. But isn't our Christian faith a historical and evidential faith? Our faith is true because the cucifixion and resurrection are historical events. I just get this nagging feeling inside that more people would come to Jesus if they just saw a tiny amount of God's supernatural and glorious power. But I understand God's ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. I will continue to pray that God will change the hardened hearts of athiests/agnostics. Any sugestions?

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  2. USN2Pulpit

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    There is no easy answer to this question, but a good suggestion is to live your life in such a way that they see Jesus in you. This means not speaking to them from "on high" as a judge might do, but to meet them on their level and be real. Your sincerity, truth, and integrity will give you a foothold in their lives. They might even learn to "appreciate" your position and sincerity, even if they themselves don't believe.

    It takes just as much or more "faith" to believe there is no god. Sooner or later, their belief in the absence of any god will be put to the test. At that time, be sure that you are a credible Christian friend to them.
     
  3. ChurchBoy

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    In speaking with atheist/agnostics most of them know they cannot prove that God doesn't exist but in their practical life they live as if God doesn't exist. They see no value added to their lives if they believed in God. Some are quite hostile and aggessively attack the Bible and its supposed contradictions and descriptions of an angry vengeful God. I try to share how God has influenced my life but most are not impressed.
     
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    Keep your head up and maintain. Be a confident and consistant example of what our God would have us to be. BEst thing you can do.

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  5. mozier

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    The best way to debate with atheists and agnostics is simply this: DON'T.

    If you have any obligation to them, it is to share the gospel, not argue it. If they reject it, then they are without excuse. If God wants them, he will call them to him. And if they feel the need to seek Him out, especially because you planted a seed in them, then they will respond to that inner calling.

    Anything else is a waste of time.


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  6. ChurchBoy

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    I agree that arguing does not glorify God. What do I do when they attack the Bible itself?
     
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    This did not help the Jews. Nor will it help anyone today. We don't win anyone to Christ by signs and wonders, the Gospel is the only "power of God unto salvation". And "faith (saving faith) cometh by hearing and by hearing the Word of God".

    The best way to reach them is to be kind and loving, live a good testimony, and pray that God would open their hearts to receive faith in Him.
     
  8. mozier

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    Ah, yes. What to do if the Bible is attacked.

    In a word, NOTHING.

    The Bible has been scoffed at and attacked for centuries, and always will. You can never defend anything when your opponent will never find stop finding something wrong with it. This will only end up being a pointless exercise on your part.

    But this is nothing to fret over, for the Bible stands on its own, and its testimony is firm. Atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and yes, even "liberal christians" will always find something in the Bible to pick apart. So if they attack it, don't let it bother you. Let them do it. Just remembe that the words of the Bible will either condemn them or save them. All you can do is pray that it will be the latter.


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  9. mozier

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    Ah, yes. What to do if the Bible is attacked.

    In a word, NOTHING.

    The Bible has been scoffed at and attacked for centuries, and always will. You can never defend anything when your opponent will never find stop finding something wrong with it. This will only end up being a pointless exercise on your part.

    But this is nothing to fret over, for the Bible stands on its own and its testimony is firm. Atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and yes, even "liberal christians" will always find something in the Bible to pick apart. So if they attack it, don't let it bother you. Let them do it. Just remember that the words of the Bible will either condemn them or save them. All you can do is pray that it will be the latter.


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  10. ChristianSoulwinner

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    Hi. I read your post on the baptist boards.. I just wanted to share with you a soulwinning tool that I have created for use in online witnessing. It helps to locate scripture on different topics such as how to deal with people that don't believe and so on. If you'd like to check it out, you can download it here free.
    http://www.angelfire.com/mi/savedbygracealone/getdownload.html

    Hope this helps a little.
    God bless,
    April
     

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