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Atheist Evangelism?
February 16, 2009, 8:49 am
Filed under: ministry, spirituality

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In jolly old England, 800 buses now display the latest message from that country’s atheists. It is interesting that they did not declare that there is no God, but that there “probably” is no God. I just wonder how many commuters in London look up at that campaign slogan and are encouraged. In times of terror, fear, and lack of trust, what an empty message!

I read of a similar campaign planned for Australia’s bus service, but this one was turned down. What was the proposed slogan? “Atheism: Sleep in on Sunday Morning.”

Atheism is developing an evangelistic approach in these times? Seems rather unusual. How will followers of Christ respond to these efforts?

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Michael,

Same sort of thing happening in Canada. The United Church of Canada took a rather ingenious approach. You can read about it here [Canadian church says two can play ad game about God http://is.gd/jGEz ] or check out their WonderCafe site at http://www.wondercafe.ca/ What they seem to be doing is embracing the need for discussion rather than reacting fearfully. Would love to know what you think though.

Comment by Rebecca

There was also a campaign similar to this in Washington DC around the end of 2008. Personally for me it makes me very sad and scares me how the enemy (Satan) is getting more and more direct in his attacks. However, on the other hand I hope that these type situations will cause Christian’s who are living “luke warm” to stand up for what they say they believe. Not in a judgmental or negative way but in a way that is loving and seeks to let their lives be the light in a dark world.

‘Why Believe in a God?’ Ad Campaign Launches on D.C. Buses
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,450445,00.html

Comment by Daniel Decker

I must say that qualifying their pronouncement with “Probably” is mildly amusing, especially when compared to the strident tone many atheists take against believers in other forums. (See the comments thread here: http://budurl.com/2qql).

I would hope that believers would use these advertisements as discussion starters. What a great opportunity the atheists have given believers.

Comment by Steve Webb

Thankyou for the link to the foxnews story. From that was a quote which i would say to any atheist who just thinks people are “basically good” and “should just be good to each other.” If you do not believe in God, how do you know what good is? As christians, we can take those who are on the edge, straight to Gods word. This tells us what is good.

Comment by Marc Winslow

I find the aggressiveness of atheists to be encouraging. They are expending so much energy to disprove the existence of God. If He doesn’t exist, why bother? We don’t see groups forming to debunk the existence of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. I think as much as denying God’s existence, at the heart of atheistic “evangelism” is a determination to deny the ramifications of what it means, personally and collectively, if God really does exist.

Comment by Bob Tamasy

If you’re interested in learning more about how some atheists think about today’s church and Christianity, read “I Sold My Soul On eBay” by Hemanth Mehta. He is an atheist who auctioned himself off on eBay to be sent to church. Jim Henderson, a former pastor, paid him to go to several different churches and write about his experiences.
As a Christian interested in how we can better show love to non-believers, I thought Mehta had some strong insights that helped me to think about how we can improve the church – not by watering down the gospel but by learning what things non-believers might not understand and how we can better communicate to folks not used to attending Christian churches, and ultimately, how to love more as Christ did.

Comment by Carl Adams

How weird…

“We spend time, money, and energy to spread a message of despair because, well, it just irritates us that those God-believing people have so much more hope than we do.”

…interesting times we live in

Comment by Zack

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
(John 17:14)
“But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”
(Luke 6:35)
but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
(Ephesians 4:15)

Striving to be like Jesus.

Comment by Chuck Wood




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