an atheist will be quite angry if you try to talk to them about religion, they have chosen not to believe anything and unfortunately you won't be able to change that. In the long run they might change their belief, but you will be wasting your time trying to teach them about Christ, or they will offend you by saying something against your religion.
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I wouldn't suggest on doing so. A persons religion is their choice. If she is really meant to be christian she should be able to fallow the path to Christians on her own. You should let them be. They just might be offended by your trying to convert them. Its great that you're very into your religion and want to share it with other, but they have a reason for their belief, and you should probably let them keep to their opinion.
well whatever you say to them more than likely they are not going to accept/believe it! but you can pray for them over and over! you can just tell them how much you love Christ and explain how he died on the cross for our sins and ya know, things like that! :)
I believe in what I believe in I believe there's a god and that's it the bible doesn't make since to me cause there is no such thing as magic like they say if so then where is it? It's kinda rude that you would post something like that..
Don't!!!! Don't preach to us! We have our beliefs and we're happy with them! Leave people alone!! How do you know your way is the right way! Prove to me there's a God and I'll start church this Sunday!! BTW! I was raised in church so I know what I'm talking about!
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First you have to attract our interest. So you could begin by naming your question, "Christians only, please." That's an absolutely certain method of attracting our attention.
Second, you need to realise that most atheists and agnostics have reached our current position by a process of rational thought, and that we have already rejected your Christ. Many will know the Bible better than you do yourself. (Don't confuse atheists and agnostics with people who have never thought about the subject. Non-believers are another category altogether and may be fair game for personal evangelism -- but don't count on it.)
Third, approach us in a rational manner. Since most of us have heard the spiel before we're not likely to be impressed by your evangelical zeal. Perhaps you could say something like, "I'd like to exchange ideas about God and religion with you. Is this a convenient time?"
If you seem serious you may well get a discussion, but make sure that you have something interesting to say -- and don't forget to listen as well as speak. Inane waffle about what you think God said, or did, or wants, won't cut the mustard.
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You shouldn't try. Many atheists regard Christian beliefs as kind of silly. Imagine you once believed Santa Claus was real. Then as you got a little older you realized he was fictional. Then imagine later on someone trying to convince you that in fact he is real. Would they be able to convince you that Santa was real? Probably not.
The thing with most athiests is they already know all about God and have rejected Him. The best you can do is explain your point of view and beliefs and leave the rest to God. There are several documented cases of athiests who have become Christ Followers. If you have a specific person in mind tell them how you feel and believe and try to answere their questions. Do not get in an argument or debate unless you feel you are well enough armed spiritually to do so. Many athiest are raving bigots who dont just disbelieve in God but are hell bent on persecuting any and all things Christian. If you witness to this person and they try to start an argumemt, walk away. Leave them to God. Believe it or not God doesnt need us to make people believe. Our sole responsibility is to tell people His good news. The rest is up to God. Let Him do His thing. If this person you are concerned about is meant to believe then, in Gods time, they will. If they arent meant to believe then they wont and there is nothing you can say or do to change that. Do your part and love this person and witness to them, that is your part.
Most people on Ask don't know this, but I'm a closet atheist myself, however I find endless joy in reading about and discussing other people's religions, especially those that really love Jesus. I know I can trust you to keep my secret.
Oh, how I would LOVE to while away a sunny, summer afternoon discussing Jesus' love for his fellow man, his sacrifice on the cross to save me, his rules which I should follow, his miracles, his virgin birth and ESPECIALLY, his threat, excuse me, I mean his promise, to come back one day and take EVERYBODY to heaven except ME!
I really can't wait to start - I REALLY need a religious attitude sort out... Saving, that's what I need - seriously saving.
I must be honest, I have considered Jesus before and, silly me, found him to be - well - fake in all his ideas - between you and me I don't really think he existed, you know, not how you think of him anyway... Maybe he was the son of god though... all my other imaginary friends have children too! And don't I just love playing with them all!
Okay. . . first of all, if you title a question "Christians only please", that's like putting out a massive sign reading "ATHEISTS! FREE GAME! COME ON OVER!" That said, I, a goodly though non-mainstream, non-Roman Catholic, have come to the rescue.
1. Do not, I repeat, do not ram religion down anyone's throat, that will only make them hate you. It's annoying, and they've heard it all before.
2. If you really want to discuss your beliefs with an atheist, allow them to talk about *their own beliefs* as well -- remember, their opinion is just as valid as yours, and no one likes a one-sided conversation. And don't force them into a conversation. Only talk about religion if they're as willing as you are.
3. If you really want to convert someone, how about becoming a missionary? Travel to darkest Africa, where there are cannabalistic tribes just waiting to have someone come read to them from the Bible.
I must say I am agreement with sottish, wadorff, and dozy here. I saw the big banner that said come all ye unfaithful and so here I am. None-the-less. I am an atheist and have taken this road not because god did something to me, I took this road because I have done a lot of study, research and interviewing on history and religion. I have read the bible completely 2 times (the second time because I didn't quite get it the first time. I know for the most part what it says and have heard many many people try to tell me what this and that is suppose to mean, and have yet to find any value to the pseudopigraphically written book called the bible. Most everyone I have talked with has not any idea what the history is behind it, how it came to be, and who put it together. I happen to know most of that (i say "most" because some of it is not known). It did not just miraculously appear, someone assembled it and decided what was suppose to go into it. Any how if you get into a discussion with a true atheist, be prepared for a lengthy conversation and know what you're saying, because I assure most of them do.
You will find that in general that the only effective witnessing will be to someone asking for it. And Your personal testimony will be the only thing of value. And Only those who are willing to admit that they are sinners in need of a Savior will benefit. When you and the time are right God will send someone in need of your testimony. Be patient and trust that God knows how to do His job. :)
You pray for them.. and let god handle it:) you can't change people only god can change people if you try to your both going to be upset.. and theire will is not your will god has a plan for ther life and its not yours to chooses.. again pray that they would come to know god and draw close to him and know for them self that he is indeed real* you read your bible girl:) the more you read the better:)) lov ya chica:)* Have a wonderful day!!
As I noticed above, some atheists believe that you need to follow rules and regulations to be a Christian. This is also a common misconception. Forgive me in advance for the unorthodox nature of my next statement, but it is true: you do NOT need works to be a Christian. Jesus's death on the cross was instigated by our own inability to meet God's standards. The only perfect person died an unjustified death and transferred His goodness to us in God's sight so that we could simply accept this gift and go to Heaven. But this isn't the time or place for a theology lesson. Basically what I'm saying is this: if you want to sell something, you have to make it appealing. Every advertiser and PR guy knows this. You think God doesn't? As Christians, we are pitching the conception of our faith to people who either have never heard it before/have got the wrong idea. Don't make threats, don't tell them they're going to Hell, don't lay down rules for them to follow, and above all don't make them CHANGE their LIFE. Just tell them that Jesus loves them, that He wants to help them, and all they have to do in return is say "Thank you".