Article by Carl Herby, Ray Comfort, & Penn Jillette
When faced with the mocking rants of God-haters, our natural temptation is to dismiss them as ignorant bigots or to get angry. But that’s not Christ’s way. Christians who follow Christ’s example will find His Spirit shedding light in the most unexpected places.
To the Christian Witness
The goal shouldn’t be to convert an atheist into belief in God. That’s up to the Holy Spirit. Atheists already know God exists (Romans 1:20). So the goal should be to effectively explain that he or she, like you, is a sinner and desperately needs the Savior.
Show tangible love. When Ray Comfort, co-founder of the Way of the Master, was once introduced on a radio program as “the man internationally hated by atheists,” he tried to diffuse the situation by offering free copies of his books to atheists on his blog. Over 120 atheists responded politely and favorably. Form friendships first. An established relationship can go a long way in getting atheists to consider biblical truths.
From an Atheist
If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell and people could be going to hell—or not getting eternal life or whatever—and you think that, well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward. . . . How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” – Penn Jillette (of Penn & Teller)