Witnessing to Atheists

March 26, 2008

I respect atheists. I think that they ask important questions. Saint Peter told us to be able to give an answer to anyone as to the reason for the hope that we have and to answer them with gentleness and respect. Also, we all have doubts from time to time. I have come to the point where doubts don’t scare me. Because if I’ve never doubted, how can I truly answer about why I believe what I believe. God does not expect us to take him on “blind faith”. Paul told us to “critically examine everything” and hold to the good(I Thess 5:23)

However, I find that most of the bretheren don’t know how to deal with these hard questions. Part of it, is that we still think in terms of faith, while addressing logic.

The conversation might be comparable to this:
Me: “I’m Napolean Bonaparte”.
You: “You can’t be Napolean Bonaparte. He’s dead”.
Me: “Well, I am Napolean Bonaparte, and I’m alive and well”.
You: “How do you know you’re Napolean Bonaparte?”
Me: “I know it in my heart”.

Well, what we’re doing is different from trying to convince someone that we’re Napolean Bonaparte. But, sometimes, the approach is the same. So, how do we deal with these questions? Start by listening. Then think. Remember, there was probably a time when you didn’t think that religion had anything for you–especially Jesus Christ. You’re trying to speak faith to someone who’s speaking logic. But, remember faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God (Romans 10:17)

Next, Pray for guidance as you begin your search. Then research. These questions have been around for years, and they’ve been pondered by some very bright people. Most questions or criticisms pointed at the Bible can be easily answered with some simple research.
But not all questions have been answered, and not all questions are answerable. So don’t feel intimidated.

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Easter

March 22, 2008

Easter is the holiest, most important time of the Christian year. Without Easter, there would be no Christianity. Easter is the day that elevated Jesus of Nazareth from a radical rabbinical teacher to “The Christ”, our Messiah. Easter began as the week of the Jewish Passover—the feast in which the Jews celebrated their Exodus from slavery in Egypt into the Promised Land.