Friday, July 29, 2011

My Encounter with an Atheist

I posted this on Twitter and Facebook the other day:
When you pray, your prayers are heard by the same God who answered Moses' prayer for water in the desert, the God who gave Abraham and his barren wife a son, and the God who made the slave Joseph second in power only to Pharaoh.
It was meant to be an encouragement, but that comment was the catalyst for my encounter with an atheist.   

Shortly after I posted, I received a notice from Twitter that someone had responded to my post.  They said:
"The same God who ignored the prayers of parents as their children were slaughtered in Norway?"
At first I was shocked that someone would attack, challenge me.  And at first I was afraid.  No one has ever challenged my faith, at least not directly. 

But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king.  Daniel 1:8

I was determined that I would not let their challenge go answered.  I answered this person, a professed atheist, not with hatred or judgment, but with confidence that there is a God!

He tried to persuade me that my beliefs were unfounded, but I told him God loves him.  He said I was ignorant and a fool, and I told him that Jesus died for Him.  He asked for proof that there was a God, and I said that creation itself points to a Creator.  What he called science, I called God.  There was no arguing with this person, and I didn't want to argue.  I just kept telling him that God loves him and eventually the conversation came to an end.

I'm sure this person has moved on to challenge another target.  But I'm thankful for the exchange and I even told him that.   He was trying so hard to make me question my beliefs, but instead he renewed my faith and got me excited.

But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name," his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.  Jeremiah 20:9

If someone were to challenge your faith and call you a fool, would you begin to question what you believe or do you know Whom you have believed in?  

Many blessings,

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Beholding Glory

10 comments:

  1. Oh wow. I have never, to me knowledge, come in contact with an atheist. I often wonder what I would say, but I would never question my own faith. God has proven Himself to me too many times for me to question. So glad that you stood your ground and even became stronger. Praise God!

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  2. I know who I believe in and I would stand strong in my faith. Great post, Praise God that made you even stronger!

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  3. Lisa,

    I think even as believers we wonder why God allows things to happen, we have a hard time wrapping our head around the evil, God is God and we are not. I don't think I have ever encountered a real atheist, I have encountered people who claim to be atheists, only to find out they believe a God exists, they just choose to turn their backs on Him not believe IN Him.

    Blessings.

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  4. Hi Lisa - wow, I don't know how I would have responded to that. I would have responded though. I think my goal would have been to plant seeds, but the reality is I might have gotten offended and blown it. I think you handled it fantastically. You have planted seeds that God will see to watering.
    God bless and have an awesome weekend.
    Tracy

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  5. Wow Lisa - this is a challange. I don't recall ever being challenged by an athiest; however I had a friend in high school who claimed to be one.

    She never challenged my faith and I never berated her for her lack of belief. We lost touch after high school and she moved to another state. Recently on Facebook she posted a video of her singing on the wall of a group we both belong to about our home town. While she and I aren't Facebook friends, and I don't know the condition of her heart, it appeared as if she was wearing a cross in the video.

    I am hopeful that she has come to know and accept Christ as savior. And I pray that the seeds you planted in this man will take root and grow.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  6. We never know who we will come in contact with out here in cyberspace. I commend you for your firm stand and courage. Blessings, Lisa!
    Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow, Lisa. Great job standing up for the truth. I have yet to encounter this, but I love how you didn't shrink back. When you experience the grace of God in your life then you know Whom you believe in. There is no dispute.

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  8. Congratulations for welcoming the challenge. Most would not! You planted seeds. On this side of heaven you may not see the increase, but, hopefully, on the other side you will.

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  9. That is such an amazing story! I always come up short when I am challenged by an atheist. Next time, I know how to be better prepared. God bless you!

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  10. Love this! We were talking about just this thing in small group tonight (Apologetics). I want to be able to respond to someone with confidence and love when I am challenged.

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