Iíve read a bit about how to turn people towards Jesus and Christianity. Everything I read assumes that the person actually believes in God to begin with though. Getting someone to believe in God is a huge step for most people. How can we help people make that step?
The reason I ask is because my parents are both proud atheists. They think religion is stupid and that that itís sad that people have to believe in ďsomething that isnít even realĒ to be happy. As you can imagine, we have some interesting discussionsÖ They say itís ridiculous to believe in a being who lives in the sky who you can talk to. Iíve tried many times to explain my reasons for believing in God. I explain to them how their views of God ďliving in the skyĒ are wrong, and about his loving nature. I often talk about the origin of the universe and other such things as well but nothing will sway them. Theyíre very closed minded and my guess is that they donít want to believe in God.
A funny thing happened a while ago; I was talking to my aunt and my mother about death. This was the first religious discussion Iíve ever had with my aunt. She was telling us about how she was present when a loved one of hers died. She explained how shortly after they died everyone in the room felt a huge spiritual vacuum, even those who were not religious. When they mentioned it to a nurse in the hospital she said that a lot of people experience the same thing. We then went on to discuss how we werenít afraid of death because we trust God etc. This whole religious discussion made my mother visibly uncomfortable. I wonder whether she saw some truth in what we were saying. At least that would be a starting point.
So back to my original question, how do you help someone adopt a belief in God when they are anti-religion?