Hi RITANS, my name is Joe (first post) and just want to thank everyone here for bringing me great encouragement as we all wait for the imminent rapture of the church! I am going to share a few things that the Lord revealed to me about my witnessing over the past year. I felt lead by the Lord to make this thread because the enemy is really out in full force trying to discourage Christians by the “new atheists”, creating false doctrines (new age, chrislam), and doing whatever he can to stray us from the Truth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please use discernment.
After I was saved I wanted to share the Truth so I went to an online forum and started to respond to threads that atheists made. What tended to happen in most of these threads is the atheist would ask for evidence for God and I would try my best to provide the proof. Even if I thought I provided proof for one of there questions they would just go and ask a different question. The thread could start about the resurrection of Jesus and could end up going into evolution, the Cambrian explosion, age of the earth, carbon dating, and so on. They would send me on a wild goose chase throughout the internet as I tried to find proof for them. It became extremely exhausting to say the least, but it was hard to stop because I know it was God’s will that not one will perish. After a few months and a lot of prayer I learned that I wasn’t witnessing biblically.
The first thing I was doing was allowing God to be put on trial. The atheist was the jury and I was to provide the evidence. As a jury, they would then determine if God was real or not based on the evidence provided. The reason this isn’t biblical is because of Romans 1:18-21:
18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (emphasis added with bold)
So scripture tells us that everyone knows that God exists, but some just suppress the truth because of unrighteousness. If someone ever tells you that they are atheists, just tell them there is no such thing! Also, the reason one question would lead to another is because the unbeliever doesn’t want to believe. I heard an unbeliever say once that if he had 100% proof of the resurrection of Jesus he still wouldn’t believe in Him. Paul tell us why in Romans 1.
I also wasn’t using the Bible as my ultimate authority. For example, if an unbeliever was to say that “Humanity formed by evolution, not God…”, I would try to find evidence that disproved evolution. In Genesis 1:27 it says how God created mankind in his image and if I debate this I’m putting God on trial. So because the bible is our ultimate authority it is a presupposition that can’t be debated. It is also a presupposition because the all powerful God of the universe (Matthew 19:26) has revealed to me, as well as other Christians, that the Bible is His inspired Word. If an unbeliever ever told me to stop trying to prove God by using the Bible, I would then tell them to reason with me without using reason (because reason is an unbeliever’s ultimate authority). I would then go into Logic and how only the Christian worldview can account for it. I'll make another day on that if the Lord leads me to it.
As Christians, our faith is not blind because we worship the one true God. Don’t let the enemy lead you down a path of putting Him on trial, as he did with me. God bless