Where to even begin!?

Discussion in 'Atheism & Skepticism' started by Maryannie, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. Maryannie New Member
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    there are a lot of athiests at my school.. I dont really know where to even start?

    many of them have good arguments, then again some are pretty dull on what they're arguing sometimes.

    where would you start, when evangelizing an atheist? scripture?
     
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    It always depends upon their arguments. If they are objecting to science and its relationship to the scriptures, then I would study what the Bible says about the natural world and research information on Creation Ministries International, Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and Reasons to Believe (OEC). If they are objecting to the Bible in general, then absolutely study and know the Bible well in many ways including some Hebrew and Greek understandings; hermeneutics is very useful (I recommend the Crossway ESV Study Bible. It is compiled by 9 scholars who went back to the Hebrew and Greek to understand what it really says. It has fantastic articles and notes.). Also, study debate tips and logical reasoning tactics.

    What do you think?

    ~John
     
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    Interesting!
    Maybe I'll see about getting that crossways bible. I'm going to check out a few of those ministries to, maybe that will help me get a better grip on understanding what types of tactics to use, like what the biblical answers are to the atheists problems.
     
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    The best thing I find is not to force scripture on them.
    Allow Jesus to talk through you and spread the word but no forcefully.
    Talk to them about the Bible and Jesus and see if they are actually interested, however if they are not, pray for them and see if they come to Jesus on their own.
    I used to be an a strong atheist and I know that when people forced scripture on me I was very, very abrupt.
     
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    #5 Glark, Dec 1, 2017
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    Many atheists have swallowed the atheist-inspired myth of evolution (many Christians have too, but that's another story) and they feel they are on safe ground scientifically because "there is so much evidence" for the theory that micorobes evolved into all the other life forms.

    However, atheists don't feel so confident when it comes to discussing how life began in the first place; how inanimate matter became a living organism (abiogenesis). So what I do is try and point out to an atheist how ridiculously complex even the most basic cell is and how utterly ridiculous and irrational it is to believe that such a complex machine is the result of mere chance. Only the existence of a Creator can explain how any form of life could arise from dead matter. In other words, science can be used to argue for the necessity of God.

    Another approach might be to argue that atheism cannot a offer a reason why a person should be morally good, as opposed to being morally evil. If this life is all there is, do whatever you like - if you want to do evil things, then do evil things, because there is no God to judge and punish you.

    According to atheism, Ted Bundy and Mother Teresa got the same reward - eternal death. In other words, since humans are really just a meaningless bunch of cells that are here today and gone tomorrow, being good is ultimately as meaningless as being evil.

    You could also point out the reason that so many young people suffer from depression and commit suicide these days is because they are suffering from spiritual malnutrition. Human beings weren't designed to be atheists; they need to believe in a loving God in order to feel loved and wanted and to give life meaning and value. And then there is the prospect of eternal life in a heavenly Paradise - who can be happy believing that this life is not only utterly meaningless and often painful, but it is all there is to existence?
     

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