Most of my friends and family are believers. This is a great blessing. This can also be a detriment of sorts when I do encounter someone who isn't a believer. I'm left floundering a bit for how I should best interact with that person.
As I mentioned above I saw a post today from a Facebook friend. At one point in my life I knew her a little better than I do now and we hung out with a similar crowd of people (a crowd I don't hang out with anymore). But, we've always been more of acquaintances.
She is an atheist. Most of her friends are atheists.
And, today she posted a quote and a link that left me disturbed to say the least. I debated on whether or not to share them here and have decided not to. But, basically they called into question not only our belief in a God, but this particular link even tried to decry Jesus Christ as a historical figure and to reduce Him and His story to that of myth.
I'm outraged. I'm upset. I'm confused about what my response should be.
I got pulled into a debate with this friend once before. She posted a comment about how much she enjoyed the movie 'Religulous' by Bill Maher. I commented that I found the movie offensive. And, thus ensued a 'facebook debate' that went back and forth for a couple days. I was the only Christian in the debate and the rest of the comments were from her and some of her other non-believer friends.
I felt beaten up and shaken after that experience and I vowed never to get involved in another religious debate on Facebook. Since then, I have been praying for this friend and those friends of hers. I've been praying that God would reveal Himself to them in a way that was powerful and undeniable.
So, today I was unsure what my response to her post should be. Part of me wants to steer clear. Another part of me feels that as a Christian I must speak up. As it is she has a ton of comments from her friends applauding her post.
And, what are my reasons behind becoming involved in a
Is it my concern for my friend's spiritual life?
Is it because I feel threatened?
Is it because I want to stand for what I know is True?
I am pretty smart I think. But, I'm not 'smart' enough by the world's standards to enter into a highly intellectual debate. And, the thing with Faith is, it's not merely an intellectual debate. It is a spiritual issue - one that man's wisdom cannot accept or understand.
And, if I'm truthful, I don't want to give the enemy the opportunity to plant seeds of doubt or confusion in my mind and my heart.
But, then what do I do? I don't want to just hide my head in the sand.
I'm really torn. And, if any of you have words of wisdom or experience in talking to friends or family who are atheists, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
It used to be that I thought everyone believed in something and that it was just a matter of pointing them to Jesus. In retrospect, I guess that was naive. So what do we do about those who deny the very existance of God?