How to Share Christ with Atheists
I was reading an article this past week that was describing a speech Stephen Hawking was giving entitled; “How the big bang happened without God.” It always amazes me how much effort is given, by those who claim to know God does not exist, by trying to prove what they already claim to know to be false. But nonetheless here was another atheist dealing with the topic of creation. I read the full article to see what arguments he had to make and began to chuckle at the language used to describe his thoughts. The article contained words and phrases like: believed, seem to fit, likely, ideas, fit that model and created out of nothing. Of course, there was a lack of certainty inherent in the selection of these words. My favorite phrase was “Spontaneously created matter.” I already read a book about that years ago. It was called Genesis 1:1.
Now I am not writing this post to mock Atheists. As Christians we should have a concern for their eternal destiny. I am writing this to help you in how to share Christ with atheists. But this article reminded me of a conversation I had with an atheist on the streets of Washington DC.
The conversation began with Danny (As I will call him) when I handed him a gospel tract. “I don’t want to talk about Jesus. I don’t believe in God” he said. I replied, “Is there a reason you are afraid to talk about him?” My challenge to his manhood spurred a long but friendly conversation. He wanted to talk about evolution and other science evidence as to why he claimed to know God does not exist. Instead of getting into a debate I asked him this question, “Considering all the knowledge contained in the world, including all history past and future to come, how much of this knowledge do you think you possess in your mind right now?” He replied, “I don’t know, maybe one percent.” I then said, “Ok, do you think in the other 99% you don’t know there could be irrefutable scientific evidence for the existence of God?” In a matter of a minute Danny went from an Atheist to an Agnostic.
However, our goal in sharing Christ is not to logically or intellectually convince someone there is a God. If I were to successfully change Danny’s conviction on evolution so that he became a creationist it would have not moved him one inch closer to the Kingdom of God. The Jews during the first century thoroughly believed in God as the creator but Jesus said this of them:
“You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 8:44 NIV
Therefore, after briefly dealing with his lack of belief in God I moved to speaking to his conscience by looking at God’s moral law with him. He agreed he had broken God’s law and “if” there was a God he would end up in hell. This was as far as we went that day but the seed of God’s impeding judgment was planted in his heart. (Hebrews 9:27) It is this knowledge of judgment that God may use to drive Danny to the cross of righteousness to be washed of his sins through repentance by the sacrifice of the perfect lamb of God.
Pray for this young man!Photo Credit