Every week I go through the Project Inspired “Girl Talk” Facebook wall and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian walk of faith and any miscellaneous topics! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions and become bold in your faith. We love you, PI readers!
Recently, on the PI “Girl Talk” Facebook wall, someone asked about how to respond to atheists, specifically online.
I want to share some resources from evangelist and author Ray Comfort. He is the CEO of Living Waters and co-hosts the TV show The Way of the Master. Comfort wrote more than 80 books and works with actor Kirk Cameron for evangelistic outreaches on camera. One of his books is called Evolution vs. God. Comfort recently wrote another book—which was made into a film—called The Atheist Delusion: Why Millions Deny the Obvious.
I suggest that you educate yourself on the tactic that Ray Comfort uses, which is replying with the Word of God. Make sure when you are communicating with someone who doesn’t have the same beliefs as you to show them love and kindness. Nowadays, people want to be “politically correct” and do not want to warn people of eternal separation from God. People are worried about what other people think versus their eternal destiny and sharing the Gospel as Jesus commanded us.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
I know it can be scary or uncomfortable to share your faith, especially with people who oppose it or think it is completely insane. Another great book, written by a former atheist, is called The Case for Christ, by Lee Strobel. I would suggest if you get into a heated discussion about creationism versus evolution to tell people about this book and share the video resources below. I hope this information helps you, PI Girls!
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Remember, before you speak or type something, ask the Holy Spirit to give you the wisdom and the words. We want to be loving and gracious, yet we also want to be wise and speak the truth. God’s Word (the Bible) is all power and all truth, and is like a sword. The Lord wants us to write the Word on the tablets of our hearts and minds so that we are ready to give an answer to those who are asking or who are unsure about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. (Titus 3:9)
I am praying for you girls to have spirit-led conversations, and that you may be able to share the good news with those who need it most, planting fruitful seeds on the soil of people’s hearts. Always remember to ask God for wisdom and discernment and to never respond out of emotions or the flesh. We don’t want to misrepresent the Lord or become combative or hateful. The enemy loves when people are divided and we must speak the Word, and if people reject it, keep moving in love like Christ did. We must not get caught up in foolish arguments or in battling that leads to frustration, miscommunication or negativity. Be very careful what you type online, and make sure you pray and ask for God’s help before you respond.
Check out the movie The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort.
Click here to order The Case for Christ film and book.
We are praying for you, PI Girls!