Should Christians discuss atheists

Should Christians try to evangelize atheists?

As Christians who know the love of God and are certain of eternity in heaven, it is difficult to understand why anyone would want to be an atheist. But when we recognize the sinful nature and its profound influence on the mind and heart, we begin to understand where an atheist comes from. Biblically speaking, there is no such thing as an atheist. Psalm 19: 1-2 tells us that heaven proclaims the glory of God. We see his creative power in everything he has done. Romans 1: 19-20 follows this idea and says that what we are supposed to know about God is made clear to us by creation and anyone who denies it holds down the truth through injustice (Romans 1:18). Psalm 14: 1 and 53: 1 explain that those who deny the existence of God are fools. That is, the atheist is either lying, or is a fool, or both. But what makes one deny God?

The main goal of those under the influence of innate sinful nature is to make themselves God, to be in control of their lives (or at least to think so). Then religion therefore comes with all the obligations, judgments and restrictions as atheists try to define their own morals and meanings. They do not want to submit to God because their hearts are hostile to God and they have no desire to submit to His law. In fact, they are incapable of doing so because of their sin, which blinds them to the truth (Romans 8: 6-7). Therefore, atheists spend most of their time not discussing the biblical text and its evidence, but rather the do's and don'ts. Their natural insubordination abhors the instructions of God. They just hate the idea that something - or someone - is in control of them. What they don't realize, however, is that Satan himself controls them, blinds them and prepares their souls for hell.

Regarding the evangelization of atheists, we should not withhold the gospel from anyone just because he or she claims to be an atheist. Don't forget that an atheist is just as lost as a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist. God certainly wants us to spread his gospel (Matthew 28:19) and defend his word (Romans 1:16). But, on the other hand, we are under no obligation to waste our time trying to convince unwilling ones. In fact, we are warned against spending too much time on those who clearly show no interest in honest discussion (Matthew 7: 6). Jesus called the apostles to preach the word in the world, but he did not expect them to stay until the last person converted (Matthew 10:14).

Perhaps the best tactic is to give each person a trust bonus, at least to start with. Any question answered honestly and truthfully gives that person a chance to hear the gospel. But if that person is just arguing, showing hostility, or unwilling to listen, it's probably time to move on to somewhere else. Some people are totally and utterly hardened against the gospel (Proverbs 29: 1). They may be rational or irrational, but there are biblical reasons to believe that people are willfully immune to the influence of the Holy Spirit (Genesis 6: 3). If we have tried our best to speak to someone in good faith and he / she is unavailable, then we are commanded to “shake the dust off your feet” (Luke 9: 5) and we should spend our time with to speak to those who are more spiritually open. As in all things, the wisdom of God is essential. God has promised us this wisdom when we ask (James 1: 5), and we should pray and trust in God's guidance to know when to end the dialogue with a hostile atheist.


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Should Christians try to evangelize atheists?
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