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DINNER WITH 40 ATHEISTS



Posted: 01/09/08

Dinner With 40 Atheists

Late in 2007, a courageous Christian dropped a handful of one of our tracts ("The Atheist Test") at a gathering of atheists, who meet once a month at the local IHOP at the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. The atheists then invited me to join them for dinner on January 8th, 2008.

They requested that I get there an hour early to "set a baseline," because some of their members "do get a bit hot headed when discussing religion." I accepted their invitation and decided to take my manager with me (Mark Spence is the Dean of the "School of Biblical Evangelism"). Before we went I got permission to also take a handheld HD camera. I was determined not to go there to win an argument, but to simply show that I deeply cared for them as people, as most atheists seem to have the impression that Christians don't like them.

We arrived about five minutes early, shook hands and sat down. After the orders were taken, I quietly approached the waiter and told him to give me the bill for the entire party. When he brought it to me I was almost shaking with excitement. If someone had tried to take it off me I would have physically fought them. I felt like I used to feel with my kids early on Christmas morning. When they found out that I had personally paid the tab they were very grateful, polite, pleasant, kind, and extremely thankful (see 1 Peter 2:15).

The experience was a highlight of my life. Then about ten of us huddled around a table and talked about the things of God for about an hour. It was up close and personal. Mark answered every question and objection they had, calmly and eloquently. It's all on film and we hope to be able to make it available through the ministry (to them and you) in a month or so.

I took copies of my new book, How to Know God Exists, and all the folks at our table wanted one (it's a strange feeling signing books for atheists). Then we posed for pictures and left, almost bursting with joy after such a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with these dear people. Maybe the next time they meet for dinner (at the International House of Prayer) hundreds will show up saying "We heard that this is the atheist group where you get a free meal." Seriously though, please pray for the "Orange County Atheists."

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By Ray Comfort

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God Bless You, Ray!
Posted On: 01/28/08 08:46:01 PM Age 49, MI
I often thank my God for you and your ministry. Your life is such a powerful and challenging example to others! Thanks



Respect is not compromising
Posted On: 01/25/08 06:05:21 PM Age 43, SINGAPORE
Many people are confused between respecting people and compromising. As Christians, we are called to become Light and Salt. That is to say, we need to bring revelation of God's Truth and flavor in their lives. Both of these illustrates contact with the unbelievers. For me, I always set a target that I can influence at least 1000 unbelievers through my life. Unbelievers want to look at our lives, but just hear our talk. Walk the talk is more important than talk the walk... I respect the unbelievers, but that does not mean I compromise God's Truth and agree with them. What to say is important, but how to say is even more important. Jesus is the best example we need to learn. He is always bringing His disciples among the unbelieving community. So if a Christian is not influencing thousand with his life, then something is wrong with his walk.

No Compromise
Posted On: 01/10/08 09:30:57 PM Age 56, NE
You are to be commended for your genuine love for these folks and for your bravery. It's not easy to meet with those who are hostile to what you believe. I especially like the fact that you don't compromise the truth to meet some felt need that they might have. This is consistent with what I've seen through the years. I have a video of you debating an atheist at one of their meetings. You gave an uncompromising gospel presentation and showed them genuine love and concern. You are a good example of what is right with reaching people. We don't have to find out what people want and then give it to them. We already know what they need, and that is what we must present to them. I look forward to the video of this meeting. Keep up the good work and thanks for the encouragement of your example.



WE NEED TO BE ALL THINGS TO ALL MEN
Posted On: 01/09/08 01:49:47 PM Age 64, OH
Ray, this is the best thing that I have read of yours. It is so good because it is not the focus of most of your posts. This shows me that you do listen to the Holy Spirit and not a formula. You gave these men what they really needed. They had heard fire and brimstone before but had not seen a Christian who treated them with Love and respect. You went their truly liking them and they sensed that from you. This open up their hearts to you and you were then able to reason with them. Once they see that there is a God and the Bible is His book then they will be ready to hear the law and how they are all guilty of breaking it and deserve hell for eternity. Paul did the same as he says in 1 Cor 9:19Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. I really liked this post Ray. Lou

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