then how are you going to obey the great commission and witness to them if you ignore them? The apostles didn't ignore them....If every Christian had taken the stance to ignore us before we were christians...we would not be saved.i don,t believe in athiest,because they don,t believe in God.so i ignore them.they won,t exist soon anyway,lol.
i,m not gonna knock on the same door 100 times,or you become the problem,and make life harder ,not easier.
Michael .... You don't have to knock at that door so many times . We are called to be salt and light in the world and if you have presented the gospel to them as the Holy Spirit has directed you; then you can leave that with the Holy Spirit and He will do the work in that person's life . We cannot do that It is up to God .i,m not gonna knock on the same door 100 times,or you become the problem,and make life harder ,not easier.
Thanks , Ginger so basically she and I are saying the same thing , MikeTo a degree, smelly has a point.
We cannot convert anyone. It is the Holy Spirit that does that sometimes using one of us.
I do not go out of my way to witness to atheists, but if they come to me, I respond.
Most of the time they ask a question they think you won't be able to answer - that is why it is important for us to know why we believe what we believe!
If I can't answer the question they feel a false sense of victory.
When I am able to answer the question, they ignore the answer and ask a new question. This process is repeated until they tell me I shouldn't push my religion on other people. They brought up the subject by asking questions, yet I'm being pushy!!!! lol
But, every now and then, God places and atheist, or a seeker, or another lost soul in my path. Since I don't know their eternal fate, I always speak with them. If they reject God I let it be.
Who knows? Maybe I will be surprised in heaven to meet many of these who mocked me, but later were awakened by the light thru the words God spoke to them thru me!!!!
Good post. Let your life be the light.Michael .... You don't have to knock at that door so many times . We are called to be salt and light in the world and if you have presented the gospel to them as the Holy Spirit has directed you; then you can leave that with the Holy Spirit and He will do the work in that person's life . We cannot do that It is up to God .
All we are commissioned to do is plant the seed . Some one else might come along and water it .
Call me a Calvinist, but I can only somewhat agree with you -(concerning those of whom Christ died for)Watchman,
I don't totally agree with you. I believe the Gospel says Jesus died for all, but not all accept the gift. Some reject it.
In the end when those who are perishing say but we didn't know, they will be shown every opportunity God gave them for salvation and every time they rejected it.
God is blameless. They will have no excuse. God's judgment will be final and just for them, but for us, we will be given mercy because because we accepted the give of Grace that saves.
What I do agree with is not to waste our time on those do not listen. "Shake the dust off" is what Scripture has told us to do.
What was the only difference between the thief that went to paradise with Christ and the one that didn't? Jesus died for the sins of both so why is one going up while the other goes down? Simple. The first thief accepted Christ as his saviour and REPENTED of his sin. The other did not. I tell you this, had the second thief on that other cross REPENTED of his sin and accepted Jesus, he too would have joined Christ in heaven.Surely he did not die for the "other" thief on the cross hurling insults upon him. You reject the Gospel and God's grace you are equivalent to that thief hanging beside Jesus