You should try to first find out why your friend does not believe in God. Give them a chance to explain themselves and their point of view. Then, you can hep them by talking about the creation of the universe, the fall of man, Jesus Christ and our identity in Him. Use the scriptures to back up your arguments about God's existence and His love for your friend and humanity as a whole.
God gave us free will. When adam and eve sinned, we fell from His grace. So on and so forth. Most of the reason for starving and famine is man's inhumanity for each other. What do the corrupt governments do with this food that is supposed to go to these people. Evil and suffering are part of the divine plan that us, being finite beings, will never understand.
I assume you mean the Christian god. This idea of proselytizing being a Christian mandate is not only not well founded in the Bible but is fundamentally structurally violent. Approaching a human being based on faith alone in an attempt to convert that person is not only necessarily incendiary but also just fundamentally arrogant. Faith is belief without knowledge. An honest attempt at converting people when presented as absolutely right and good and true is indeed faith, but it's arrogant faith. That's not the intention of the Christian belief structure.
Finally, I'd point you to Matthew 6:6 in the King James: "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
You can have a conversation about God but remember you only can plant seeds God makes them grow no man comes to the Father except the spirit draw them some people have the spirit of stupor keeping them innocent until the end times tell them to read the Bible it will scare the hell out of them
Politely go up to them and say: "Will you not convert to believing in God?" and see what he/she says. I can guess...
Many "friends" in this world do not believe in God for God is full of people who are loved by Him and therefore by me. (Love others as yourself). I have no agency over a person. They can do as they please. Come judgment who am I to plead to their defense.
Pray for him, live as a good Christian example yourself, and try to find ways to introduce Gods word without being pushy. Trying to force it usually makes it worse. Keep inviting him youth group events, dont be afraid to pray in front of him or mention Gods name occasionally. If he has legitimate questions answer as best you can, asking Gods guidance to do so, but do not argue or get into a debate with him. Remember his mind has been blinded to God by satans lies and satan is a tenacious debater. It makes its lies seem real. Arguing will do no good. Mostly pray and be a good example and hold your temper if he gets nasty and snarky. Remember its Gods job to convince him, all you need to do is lead him the right direction and provide correct info. If he is meant to be a believer he will be but it might take years.
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You do not "do" anything. What makes you think that you need to? Did your church tell you this? What makes you think you are better than your friend because you have a faith in your god and this friend does not? If you are truly a "friend", then you respect their view just as you believe they should respect yours. By this Q, it appears you are NOT truly a friend. Frankly this Q says more about you than anything else (probably more than you intended).
Be a good listener. You can share what Jesus has done for you when it's appropriate but you can't force anyone to believe in anything. You can just love people and love God. That's what he has called us to do.
You let him believe what he believes, holy crap, why do you think everyone has to believe that same thing? Dark Ages much? Everyone is allowed to believe what they want to. Dear God what are we coming to?
Listen you can talk to them about it but if it becomes clear that they are firmly planted in their own beliefs than stop preaching. If you continue after that you very well might loose a friend. Either way you should be able to accept them for who they are.
If your friend is willing to lend an ear, just speak about then glory of God and provide your testimony in full regard to the gospel.
If your friend remains stubborn, let'em be. God converts hearts, not us. You have fulfilled the great commission at this point, so let the Word do His part. Be patient and have understanding. Your friend may have a lot to learn as part of Gods plan for Him, so /let go and let God/ do the rest. :-)
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Most people who dont believe in God have read the bible, some were even believers and converted to non believers. Others just dont like religion or having read the bible believe it to be just a book. Have you ever listened as to why they do not believe in God? Or read a book that supports not believing in God? Like The God Delusion? Most non believers have read the bible probably more than religious people; who have only ever had it interpreted to them. In contrast I know very few thiests that would read a book that makes an arguement for non belief. Ever considered they may be completely happy in their non belief and think that you are odd for wasting your time with ritual. To understand a man you must stand in their shoes, do you want to do that or just convince them of your way of thinking? Food for thought, all the best.
I can tell you right now that my ex fiance tried to convert me and it was the worst thing he could've done. I lost all respect for him, because he wasn't respecting me. He begged me to go to bible study almost every day after I broke up with him and tried his hardest to prove his god to me. He said there was proof and I would see it if I just went to his church.... (because there would be people there speaking in tongues, babbling the language of the angels, sending god's message.) There was no way I was going to his church. I've been to church on many occasions, mostly for soul-seeking purposes. I tried out 5 different church denominations in the Catholic religion and I'm still a non-believer. There's nothing anyone could have done to convert me. He said he loved and cared about me but was constantly trying to change me... so therefore he was lying and didn't love me. Respect her beliefs like you want her to respect yours. Treat others like you want to be treated. I no longer speak to my ex fiance. I cut off all contact with him. This is what's likely to happen to you if you push her.
If they don't believe then you NEED to respect that. If you or someone else tried to convert me to "The Truth" I would absolutely avoid you.
Trying to change who a person is without them wanting that to happen is just asking for trouble. ...and you would have to use SCIENCE to talk to them about it. Using the Bible to prove the Bible is real doesn't work. (" The Bible is real because it was written by God"...."How do you know it was written by God?"......"Because it says it was".......That does NOT work)
Pray for him first, and pray every day and see how the Holy Spirit leads you. Being around him too much when he is resisting God all the time could be both depressing and discouraging, but the Holy Spirit can tell you what to do next. Remember not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. They will sooner or later try to pull you into their kinds of sins.
Hello. Whenever your friend expresses misery over their misdeeds or anything of that nature, tell them that Jesus Christ made satisfaction on their behalf and that in him they can be a whole new creation in the sight of a God who will look on them with a fatherly heart. :)
You can intervene for your friend and pray for this person in faith. Ask God to reveal Himself to your friend. God is always present but it's a matter of opening up our eyes to the truth of this reality.
Also, it's not so much what we say but what we do that matters. Your friend may be looking to see the kind of relationship you have with God. While you don't need to get preachy about God, you certainly can be the best kind of living example to show your friend that God exists in your life.
pray, ask god to help your friend know and understand try getting him/her to go to church with you pick them up and start a conversation then if he/ she wonders about somehting ask him/ her to ask the preacher or try to explain your self if your not sure the look it up in the bible and then make sure your answer in right :)
You are so lucky to have such a smart friend, maybe they can help you to see why life without religion is so liberating. I would recommend talking to them about religion, you will probably learn a lot.
Just let them be. If you try to force your beliefs on them, they may stray farther away from Christianity, reduced their chances of going back again. So if you want them to believe in God, just let them be. It's much simpler, and your more likely to keep your friend that way.
Honestly you don't HAVE to do anything. We Christians are to plant the seeds, let God water them and help them grow. For now until he/she expresses a desire to visit your church or any church simply be a friend. Care for them, show them kindness, be THAT friend who can always be counted on. Essentially don't TRY to convert them but in all that you do through your manners, mouth, actions, and anything else let Jesus shine through you. Occasionally invite them to a Bible Study, if they decline that's ok. Just offer again sometime later. Maybe invite them to a Youth Retreat. You don't have to be preachy, just be there for them when they need you.