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Discussing God’s existence with atheists can be challenging with all the debate videos on the Internet and mainstream media.
Author Gary Lindberg used to have the same issue as well. So he did what others couldn’t, or wouldn’t, do and went both the scientific and religious route. His book God’s Existence: Truth or Fiction? Suggests that, in reality, both the Bible and science were made by God.
Reading his book offers a plethora of information that can convince atheists that God does exist. But even with Gary’s aid, conversing with atheists can still be complicated. Things might even get heated.
For those looking to discuss God’s existence with atheists, we have some essential tips you should remember.
Tip #1: Always Ask Good Questions
Ask your atheist buddy what they believe instead of forcefully arguing your point of view. This strategy will concurrently achieve two goals:
First, you will comprehend their perspective so that you don’t react to a distorted representation of their views. Second, you’ll have them give more specifics about their ideas, which may cause them to see gaps in their reasoning and doubt their atheism.
Some great questions include “What do you think is the best reason why people believe in God, and why does it fail to convince you?” and “Which argument for God’s existence do you find compelling, and why doesn’t it hold any ground?”
Tip #2: Be Polite and Respectful to Their Intelligence
Some Christians publicly insult or denigrate those who don’t believe in God because they believe all atheists are foolish. You shouldn’t ever commit that error. Most atheists are wise, truthful, and kind. If you want to learn to talk to atheists peacefully, you must respect them.
And even if there are signs that show they’re not the brightest, continue treating them as intelligent individuals. Don’t belittle them or use a childlike tone when speaking to them. Respect them and their intelligence so that you can engage in a positive discussion.
By treating their intelligence with respect and being polite, there’s a high probability that they’ll be more attentive to your message. You might even get to introduce and talk about Gary Lindberg’s book God’s Existence: Truth or Fiction? And discuss the book together.
Tip #3: Find Common Ground When Talking to an Atheist
When speaking with a religious skeptic, you will probably differ on God and religion. With that in mind, it’s best not to start the discussion with things that both of you can’t agree on. Instead, emphasize the points where both parties have a common ground.
Maybe you and your atheist friend can agree on the importance of critical thinking or science. If so, then start there. Of course, both parties should always agree to follow the evidence, even if it means letting go of some deeply held convictions and changing our opinions.
Find some common ground at the outset of the chat. Subsequently, once you have built a rapport, you’ll be prepared to discuss areas of difference, like what they think about the miracles of grace God gives us.
The Real Goal of Discussing God’s Existence with an Atheist
Finally, we should not allow our atheist family members and friends to intimidate us or cause us to feel uneasy about defending our religious convictions. Be assured that there are plenty of compelling reasons to believe in God. It is our duty to communicate them.
Keep in mind that your goal is not to convert atheists to your viewpoint. Your objective is to show them how highly valued they are by their Creator.
If you wish to know more about God’s existence, purchase God’s Existence: Truth or Fiction? by Gary Lindberg. Click here to visit his website and find out if God truly does exist!