Man's ego is inflated, his laws are outdated, they don't apply no more
You can't rely no more to be standing around waiting
In the home of the brave, Jefferson turning over in his grave
Fools glorifying themselves, trying to manipulate Satan
And there's a slow, slow train coming up around the bend.
How do you get along with an atheist? Here are some rules:
1) Treat them like they're in the image of God
2) Act like a Christian
3) Have a genuine concern for them
4) Stand for truth above all else and do not compromise
5) If they aren't interested in being friendly or learning what you have to say, do your best to be stern, but polite and continue to stand for truth.
Funny thing - that's how we're supposed to handle all nonbelievers.
1Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
In Acts 17:22-31, Paul tells the (non-Jewish, philosophical) men of Athens about salvation using a minimum of scripture quotation. He quotes their own poets, and talks about their own statue "to an unknown god". Paul knew how to meet people where they were, and tell them about Jesus in language and context that they would understand.
I'm not at all discounting the value of scripture. But it's often not the place to start when talking to nonbelievers. You have to meet people where they are, and every person is different.
Last edited by Esperanza32; Mar 12th 2009 at 07:01 AM. Reason: adding a thought
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