Have you ever had a conversation with an atheist that never seemed to get anywhere? How do you close the mouth of an unbeliever? To open their minds to see their own foolishness? Two months ago, Chad from Living Waters ministries had never considered the idea of challenging someone’s assumptions instead of challenging the evidence that they present. After watching the “Proving God” series on www.creationtoday.org, Chad got the book The Ultimate Proof by Dr. Jason Lisle and read it in one day! Within two months of studying how the atheist really thinks and what God says about that, Chad had an opportunity to put his study into practice on the streets against an atheist. By the end of the conversation, God had used Chad to “close the mouth” of the unbeliever and show him exactly what is necessary for salvation.
If you really want to learn your Bible, a great way is to talk to an atheist. This exercise will force you to know why you believe what you believe so that you can give an answer, just as we are told to do in 1 Peter 3:15. Just a thought, but if you are not sharing your faith, I have to wonder why. Could it be that you are not convinced yourself that it is true? If you really knew the truth, wouldn’t you want to shout it from the rooftops? Come on Christians, we have the truth, now share it!
What if you could destroy someone’s worldview with just two simple questions? Two very powerful, but very careful questions. It is interesting to see that when Jesus uses this same tactic of asking the right questions, He is able to silence the religious leaders of His day. In Mark 11:30 Jesus asked a question that forced the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders to retreat in silence. His question put them between a rock and a hard place. These were the well-educated, the smartest and the brightest, the foremost teachers of the day. Yet a great question was able to stop them in their tracks. You can do the same thing, and here are a couple of questions that will shut the mouth of the unbeliever.
Today I participated in my very first archery competition. I have only been shooting for a couple of months, but I was anxious to get out there and see what I could accomplish against guys that had been shooting much longer than I have. The target was a steel buck, literally a steel buck silhouette and a four-inch by four-inch square cut-away where a “kill” shot would be on a real deer. A target is placed behind the hole to stop any arrows that go through that little square. If you miss the square, you never get to shoot that arrow again because it hits the steel buck and destroys your arrow. (Great incentive to be accurate and for the sporting good store that sponsors the competition!) I experienced my first miss in round two at 35 yards. OUCH!! When you hear your own arrow hit that steel and you realize that you have missed the mark, your stomach sinks, your heartbeat escalates and you feel more pressure in the next shot. It is interesting that we get the term “sin” from archery. It literally means to miss the mark. I experienced that three times before finishing third place in that competition.
God called us to win souls, not causes. The great commission (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, and Acts 1:8) commands us to preach, baptize, and teach people what Jesus taught His disciples. While there is nothing wrong with working for a cause (1 Samuel 17:29), Christians have a strong tendency to major on minors and minor on majors; we need to keep priorities in order. The battle raging for the minds of men is a battle between God and the Devil. The people who (knowingly or unknowingly) are working for the Devil are not the real enemy. There is a tendency among Christians to not keep the sin separate from the sinner. However, we can still use the advice given by Abraham Lincoln: “The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him your friend.” When dealing with evolutionists, our job is to love them and to keep a sweet spirit while trying to influence them to be saved. As we win people to Christ, they will begin to have their mind renewed and will see that God’s Word is true. Our best offensive weapon is soul winning—converted evolutionists make great creationists! Most of the active creation scientists are former evolutionists. If we obey Christ and “preach the gospel to every creature,” we will see great results.
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