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How to argue with an atheist

I have a confession: I visit atheist websites and twitter pages sometimes.

I’m not thinking of switching. I like to see what they’re talking about now and again.  It’s strange to me how much they talk about God and say they don’t believe in Him. Here’s one of their recent tweets:

“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.”

We could rip this silliness to shreds; but let’s look at his first few words. He asks the question, “Is God willing…?” I guess he’s wondering. He doesn’t seem to question the existence of God, just God’s ability. Can God prevent evil? Or can He not, the tweeter wonders.

He seems to be asking, “Is God willing? Then if He’s willing, is He able?

This discussion could go South before you could say, “Beam me up, Scottie!” The question mixes logic and emotions, knowledge and beliefs, fact and fiction.

My good friend Pete Bocchino over at his website, Legacy of Truth could address this atheist’s questions with the Truth of the Gospel without offending the atheist.

Check it out: http://www.legacyoftruth.org/read.asp?Document=9

The times I’ve tried to have reasoned discussions with atheists always seem to drift into a confusing, convoluted quagmire. I have come to what I believe is a wise decision for me.

How to argue with an atheist?


Make every effort to become a friend. Don’t judge them.  If and when you become friends, show them the love of Jesus. Let His love flow over your new friend in your interactions with them.

5 thoughts on “How to argue with an atheist

  1. Personally I don’t think you need to argue with atheists! I think mostly we’re happy to live alongside all religions and just get along! The only issue most atheists have is when religion interferes with others, which does deserve a discussion (but not an argument!) 🙂

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    1. I Girl, it is so good to hear from you. It’s been awhile. I’ve been thinking about you. Your point is well taken. In fact, it was the point I was trying to make from the back side. Arguing is pointless, no matter the subject. What often bothers me is the condescending, holier-than-thou attitude of some Christians towards atheists (or any religion or religious beliefs contrary to their own). I am all about relationships. I would rather make friends with an atheist, as I hope you and I are doing. And I don’t use the friendship to proselytize them through the back door. Friendship and relationship is much more valuable to me than “being right” as so many Christians think they are. And I hope you and I are learning that we can have differences in our core belief systems, and still participate in reasoned discussions about life stuff. Again, great to hear from you.

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