- Then you haven't experienced it.
No one who is a Christian will ever say that it is boring.
- How do you know? Have you tried
it? There are millions of Christians who have a lot of fun being
Christian. We just do it with a lot less sin, and therefore, a
lot less problems. Maybe its only your problems that keep you
from getting bored.
- What do you think we do all day,
sit around fireplaces and read Bibles? We ski, swim, play sports,
read, have friends and problems like anybody else. Christianity
is not boring. It is an adventure.
- I am
an atheist. I don't believe in God.
- An atheist is someone who says
he knows there is no God. But you can't know that for sure,
because you would have to know all things in order to know if
there is or isn't a God. If you knew all things then you would
be God. So, the only thing you could be is an agnostic, not an
atheist. An agnostic says he doesn't know if there is or isn't
a God. (Usually after saying this I challenge them to explain
the prophecies of the Old Testament fulfilled in the New. I state
how the Bible is unique that way and that only God can make prophecies
that are 100% accurate. Then I ask him to explain how that could
be done if there is no God.)
- What do you believe in, evolution?
If so, have you ever studied it or do you believe what they tell
you on television. Evolution has a lot of problems with it. It
seems to me that it takes a lot of faith to believe that you developed
out of ocean slime, simply by chance. At least as a Christian
I have the evidence of the resurrection of Christ from eye witnesses
as recorded by them in the gospels. Evolution or not, Jesus rose
from the dead, claimed to be God, and forgave sins. I'll put my
faith in Him instead of evolution.
- If there is no God as you say,
then in the end I lose nothing. But if there is a God like I say,
in the end you lose everything.
- Why don't you believe in God?
Is their any reason for you to intelligently reject His existence?
Or, do you simply desire not to believe in Him?
- The Bible doesn't attempt to prove
that God exists. It simply speaks as though He does. Maybe I can't
prove to you there is a God, but I can introduce Him to you through
His Son Jesus Christ and you can judge for yourself if the Words
of Christ in the Bible convince you of His existence.
(Note: We exist. How
did we get here? An atheist would say by evolution. If you study
evolution, by reading Christian books that reveal and document its
many serious problems, then you will be able to weaken the atheist's
belief in it. The logic is simple: If evolution and creation are
the only options, to remove one is to support the other. Therefore,
learn as much as you can about evolution. Your witness will be greatly
- I am
trying to be a Christian.
- You become a Christian by simply
putting your trust in Jesus and His sacrifice for you on the cross.
There is no trying involved. If you trust Jesus, if you ask Him
to forgive you of your sins and be your Savior, then you are a
Christian. It is living like a Christian after
you've become one that is difficult.
- If you believe that in order to
become a Christian you must be good, then you misunderstand or
don't have a good understanding of salvation. A Christian is a
Christian by the gift of God (Romans 6:23), not the work of man
(Ephesians 2:8-9). There is nothing you can do to earn salvation
or keep salvation. It is simply something God freely gives you.
If you want it, confess your sins, repent, turn to God, and trust
Jesus as your only Savior. Then, and only then, will you become
- I am
- Who said God wants you to be religious?
He wants a relationship with you. Religion is man's attempt to
reach God. Christianity is God reaching man. 1 Corinthians 1:9
says that God wants you to have fellowship with Jesus. He is talking
about a relationship, someone you can talk to. He doesn't want
to weigh you down with a bunch of do's and don'ts. He wants to
extend a loving hand to you and help you live a good clean life.
But that cannot be done until the real problem in you is done
away with, and that is sin. Sin separates you from God (Isaiah
59:2). If you want salvation instead of "religion," then go to
Jesus. Seek Him. He will never let you down.
- I see. Where do you attend church?
- I don't
- If you say you don't need Him,
then you believe He exists. If you do, why would you say you don't
need Him. Isn't He the One who determines your destiny? Doesn't
He have the authority and power to do as He pleases and to send
you to heaven or hell? It is foolish to say you don't need the
One who is your Creator, who loves you and has provided the way
for forgiveness of sin. You need God because only He can cleanse
you from your sins.
- What do you need? Are you really
doing that well without God? Are you happy with the way things
are in your life? If you aren't, then you need Jesus. And even
if you are happy, you still need Him, because you can't take what
makes you happy with you when you die.
- I have
things I need to do before I become a Christian.
- Like what? Why do you need to
do these things before you come to God? Are they bad things or
good? If they are bad, then you shouldn't do them. If they are
good, why can't you become a Christian and then do them?
- Nothing you can do could be more
important than your relationship with God. To put Him off is unwise.
What if you die before you become a Christian? Then you would
be eternally without hope.
- Your statement implies you believe
following God will mean you won't be able to do the things you
want to do. If that is true, then that means the things you intend
to do would displease God? Are you saying you prefer to do something
God wouldn't want you to do? If that is so, you are willfully
sinning against God and putting yourself in a dangerous situation.
That is all the more reason you need His forgiveness.
- I prefer
to remain open minded.
- Open mindedness means looking
at everything honestly. Are you willing to do that with Christianity?
Do you want to see what Jesus has said and learn about what He
can offer you?
- If you say you are going to remain
open minded and not accept Christianity, then in reality you are
being very closed minded. Maybe Christianity is true. Your open-mindedness
could keep you from discovering it.
- I already
believe in God.
- Are you living your life as if
that were true? Does your belief in God affect the way you live
or do you still do entirely as you please?
- If you say you believe in God,
then how do you know what He wants for you? Are you in contact
with Him? Do you just trust whatever you feel is right?
- The Bible says the Devil believes
in God (James 2:19) and He is lost. If all you do is simply believe
that God exists, then you are no better off than he is. It is
not intellectual acknowledgment of God's existence that God wants,
but your accepting the sacrifice Jesus made on behalf of sinners
that pleases God. Simply believing is not enough. You must choose
to follow Him.
- It is not that
you believe; it is who you put your faith in.
Who is this God you believe in? Is He the Christian one? Is he
Allah? Is he from another planet? Is he whatever you feel is right?
Is he loving? Believing in God is fine unless your god is false.
The important things is that you must believe in the true God,
not a false one, and the true one is found in the Bible.
choose God later.
- If you won't choose Him now, what
makes you think you'll choose Him later? The longer you go without
God, the harder it will be for you to come to Him. The longer
you sin, the harder your heart will become and the further from
God you will be (Hebrews 3:13). To wait is to invite damnation.
God calls you to repent from sin now, not later. Which will you
- If you say you will choose Him
later, do you admit then that you need Him now? If so, then why
do you wait? You might die soon and then it would be too late.
are too many hypocrites in the church.
- Church is a good place for hypocrites,
as well as liars and thieves. It is there where they will be exposed
to the Word of God and learn that hypocrisy is wrong. For you
to judge those in the church is to condemn yourself, because we
are all hypocrites in one form or another. Your recognition and
condemnation of it tells me you know it is wrong. Is it hypocrisy
to point a finger at the church full of sinners when you yourself
are one as well?
- It has been said that you must
be smaller than the thing you hide behind. Are you hiding being
the hypocrisy of others to keep you out of church? You must realize
that you are responsible for yourself and God won't ask others
about you on judgment day. He will come to you and ask you to
give an account for your life. The hypocrites in the church will
also stand before God, with or without you there.
- People don't counterfeit pennies.
Why do you think there are hypocrites? Because Christianity is
are we here? Or, Why did God make us?
- God made us so we could glorify
Him and have fellowship with Him (1 John 1:1-3). He made Adam
and Eve and put them in the garden and then He walked in fellowship
with them. He gave them the greatest thing they could have, His
love and presence. After they sinned, God said, "Adam, where are
you?" God sought Adam. In Exodus 25:8 God said to Moses while
Israel was in the wilderness, "And let them construct a sanctuary
for Me, that I may dwell among them." In the New Testament in
John 1:14 it says, "And the Word became flesh and dwelt (tabernacled)
among us..."(1) God
seeks our presence. He wants to have fellowship with us. He made
us to give us His love and enjoy His presence. But, man sinned
and separated Himself from God. That is why Christ died for sins,
that our fellowship with God would be restored.
about those who have never heard the Gospel?
- That is a good question. The Bible
says that God is a just God. We know that whatever He does is
right. When it comes to those who have never heard the Gospel,
He will do what is right, whatever that is. But as for you, you
have heard the gospel and He will judge you according to how you
respond. He is calling you to repentance, to turn from sin and
come to Him.
- In Romans 2:12-16 it speaks about
those who have never heard the Law of God and how they will be
judged according to the law that is written in their hearts. The
Law written in their hearts is the knowledge of right and wrong.
Perhaps God's judgment of those without a proper knowledge of
Him is included there where it says that they will be judged according
to their own consciences that "bear witness, and their thoughts
alternately accusing or else defending them." All I know is that
God will do what is right and the only way to have your sins forgiven
is through Jesus.
is only one of many great men of history.
- Granted, Jesus was a great man
of history. That is a fact. But, He is different from all the
other great men of history. How many great men of history rose
from the dead, calmed a sea, walked on water, raised others from
the dead, healed sickness, and forgave sins? There aren't any
others that I know of. Do you know of any? These things make Him
more than great. They make Him special and unique.
- You are right, Jesus was a great
man. But let me ask you. If He were great, would He lie? Of course
not. If He were great, would He be insane? No. You see, Jesus
claimed to be God (John 8:58 with Exodus 3:14; John 5:18, 10:30-33).
If He were lying, we shouldn't listen to Him and we couldn't call
Him great. If He were insane then we shouldn't listen to Him and
again we couldn't call Him great. If He is great, then He must
be telling the truth. And He was great, right?
- John 1:1 says,
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God." Verse 14 says, "and the Word became flesh ..."
The Word is Jesus.