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Careless Atheist-Ray Comfort
"I became an atheist to distance myself from people like you, but since becoming an atheist I've found that I don't care – I honestly don't care – if there is a God. I don't care if there is an afterlife. I don't care if I'm going to Hell. Oh, you can say all you want about that, I just don't care. You can't save me."
And I don't believe a word you are saying. If you became an atheist to distance yourself from people like me, why are you writing to me? You may say that you don't care, but you do, and so do I.
I care enough to get up on a soapbox thousands of times and look like a fool, to plead with people like you who either say that they don't care about their eternal welfare, or show that they don't by their godless lifestyle.
But the Bible teaches that sinful mankind doesn't "care" about God. He gave them life itself and they don't care. He gave them eyes to see His incredible creation, ears to listen to incredible music, taste buds to enjoy incredible food, and they don't care. As the Psalmist says, "God is not in their thoughts," and yet at the same time they vainly use His name as a cuss word.
If you had to give up one of those senses, which would it be? Sight? You don't care if you go blind? How about giving up your taste? Or your hearing? Imagine, never seeing a beautiful rose or a sunset, or the color blue ever again, or never tasting good food, or hearing the music of a bird in the early morning? If you are sane, you care.
But the loss of those precious senses are nothing compared to giving up your soul. You "soul" is the real you. It's the interchangeable Bible word for your life. Your soul looks out the windows you call "eyes." It's your soul that responds to the 10,000 friendly little taste buddies on your tongue. Your soul listens to the amazing sounds that are pulled into your inner ear. You don't know what you have until it's gone. Familiarity does breed contempt. Jesus said that if a man gained the entire world but lost his soul, he is the biggest of losers.
Yet, every day more than 80 Americans "don't care" enough to take their own lives. Life's circumstances have tragically driven them to that terrible point. Atheism is your first step in that direction. You owe it nothing.
You are right about one thing though. I can't save you. Only God can. So after you have read these words of mine, how about reading the words of God? Read Matthew chapter 5-7 and get a glimpse of His perfect holiness. Then think about how we all justly deserve Hell if God is that holy, and think about how Jesus cared enough to take your punishment upon Himself--to pay your fine so that the Judge of the universe could dismiss your case. What more could you want?
An atheist's question . . .
"Do you ever doubt the existence of God? And if so, why?"
Do I ever doubt the existence of God? Not for a moment. However, an intellectual belief in God's existence is really a non-issue. This is why: I live in a solid, well-made house. Do I ever doubt the existence of a builder? Not for a moment.
My wife has a well-made and reliable vehicle. Do I ever doubt (for some strange reason) the existence of a car maker? Not for a moment.
I own a well-made computer...I'm sure you get the message. I never doubt that there was a maker of these things, because these things can't make themselves. My common sense tells me that they had to be made by someone with an intelligent mind. The alternative is ludicrous.
However, the issue I think you may be driving at is rather, "Does my faith in God ever waver?" The answer to that one is the same. Do I ever doubt God? Not for a moment. There's a reason for this unwavering faith.
If you asked me if I ever waver when it comes to faith in my wife, I would answer the same--not for a moment. This is because I trust her with all of my heart. She is a trustworthy person. She always keeps her word. However, there is a possibility that she could let me down. That could happen because she is a sinner. She is fallible. But God is not. He is without sin, so you can totally trust Him with all of your heart, and you will never, ever, be disappointed in Him.
Life's terrible circumstances may shake you to the core, but if you catch a glimpse of God's incredible integrity as well as His ability to keep His word, and therefore you trust Him, your faith will only grow through life's lion's den experiences. His promises are immutable. They are a solid rock. See Matthew 7:24-25 for details.
Not the Wisest Thing to do
"So if I were to blaspheme the Holy Spirit would you still try to convert me?" Templar Benwww.LivingWaters.com
I can't "convert" a soul. It's God that does the converting. However, I will continue to plead with you and others to seek His mercy as long as I have a heartbeat.
There was a group of folks who received national publicity some time ago who aired videos of themselves on line, saying that they were blaspheming God. They were called "The Blasphemy Challenge," and their challenge was, "Do you dare accept the Blasphemy Challenge? Show the world how sure you are that the Christian God doesn't exist!"
I knew (and liked) their leader, so I emailed him with a little advice. I reminded him that the name "God," when translated into Arabic is "Allah," and that it wasn't wise in today's political climate to create a video of yourself, saying (when translated into Arabic), "My name is such and such, and I blaspheme Allah, and I am not afraid." Moslems have murdered those who have mocked their prophet (let alone their god), and they threatened a school teacher with death, simply because she named a teddy bear after him.
Since sending that email I have noticed that the leader of "The Blasphemy Challenge" seems to have disappeared. My friend Brian Sapient used a fake name, but the faces and real names of those atheists who responded to his challenge are still permanently on the Internet for all the world to see. If I was one of them, I would be praying.
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WE DO NOT FIND HIM - GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO US
An atheist's question . . "Do you ever doubt the existence of God? And if so, why?" - This is a very good question and a complicated one to answer. No one can find the One and Only True God Almighty by their own efforts alone. He can only search for this One God and God reveals Himself to that man. I used to doubt God a lot and in fact did not know that there was a God at all. My intellect always had a hard time believing there was not a Creator of all that exists. The more I learned of the universe the more it was evident that there was a Creator. But I still did not know Him personally and so found it natural to doubt that He existed, let alone trust in Him. But a man came to my door one day and asked me to ask Jesus Christ into my heart and I found that I could not say no, so I did. But I did NOT give Him my life, because I still could not trust in someone who I did not know. But by His grace He pursued me and caused me to search for Him. I asked Him if He was real to reveal Himself to me. He did just that. I became desperate to know if He existed and finally prayed and asked my Creator to take my life, and do with it as He pleased. He revealed Himself to me, by coming into my heart and making it His home. He forgave me of my sins and I changed from that day on. It took several years for me to see that His book was the Bible and that His Name was Jesus Christ, you see I knew Him as my Creator which is another Name of His. But I was still weak and my faith would still wavier and found it very hard to trust Him completely. But even though I was weak, HE WAS STRONG. He held me in His hand and caused me to trust in Him more and more. I would come to the point when life was real hard that I would go to bed telling Him that I did not have the strength to be a follower of His any longer. But he would refresh me during my sleep and I would awake with my Faith renewed. You see it is NOT up to me. I can not save myself by doing anything, I can not even trust Him to save me by myself. I have to trust Him to cause me to trust in Him and He does just that. I trust Him to cause me to trust in Him. I trust in Him to save me and He does save me. He walked with me and talked with me every day. I used to not even know that he existed; but now I could not deny Him any more than I could deny that I have a son. Finding Him is beyond me or you. Simply ask Him to reveal Himself to you and then search for Him in the Bible and all of creation and he will reveal Himself to you. - Lou Newton
|Posted On: 08/12/09 08:40:57 AM
||Age 65, OH
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