2 years ago
Last edited at 10:44PM on 2/16/2012
Well, I don't know you or your friend, but the worst thing you could do is assume that, because he doesn't believe, he is ignorant of the Bible and Christian tenets. Unless he has been living under a rock his whole life, or has recently moved from a non-Christian country, he is most likely well aware of the Christian worldview. He may even have MORAL reasons for rejecting the Christian faith, so you would do well to not approach him as some amoral hedonist who needs to be shown the light. Also, contrary to what somebody above said, DO NOT bring up the afterlife! If you have to resort to threatening someone with Hell, you've just proven the invalidity of your faith and your God. If you can't come up with an enticing pitch that includes rewards in THIS life, there is a better than average chance your conversion attempt will completely backfire, and you don't want your case to be built on some metaphorical carrot on a stick. Bottom line: don't insult his intelligence and he won't insult yours. Also be prepared to explain how a supposedly loving God who never makes mistakes favored one tiny little tribe at the exclusion of all others and later changed his mind.
Well, find out what he does believe in, and start there. Research your own faith and figure out how it can apply to his beliefs. Don't seek to convert him to anything, but help him see how the God of the Bible fulfills what he already believes. That's what Jesus and Paul did, and I'd say they were fairly successful.
Start by inviting him to church with you or your churches youth group(if your a teenager). Pray and ask God how you approach the situation. Remember it's not your job to convert him or convince him, it's God job. Ask God for opportunities to speak into his life. Remember your actions each and every day speak louder than anything you can say.
2 years ago
Last edited at 5:33PM on 2/19/2012
If you also believe in saints, or even if you don't, try praying a novena to St. Therese of Lisieux. That's when you say a prayer nine times in a row for nine consecutive days. She will give you a rose shortly afterwards if you do, so maybe that will be something to convince him God is real. I don't know the prayer, but you can find it online.