Debating the Atheist – a Pursuit of Futility
The parties involved in a debate must be willing to seriously consider the opposition’s premise. A Christian cannot prove the existence of God-Elohim (Genesis 1:1) to an atheist as the atheist denies the existence of the Spiritual Realm and they’re not willing to see or pursue the Truth of a God who is Spirit (John 4:24). Elohim must be experienced by “faith” which is the KEY to knowing Him and discovering His unsearchable truths through the indwelling Holy Spirit (1 John 2:27).
Until such time an atheist is willing to sit quietly, read with a receptive heart the “Gospel of John” and earnestly seek our Lord with their whole heart, they will never find Hope or Life or Peace as only by faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Messiah will the Father fully reveal Himself to them by covenant promise via the daily process of sanctification (Hebrews 8:12); therefore, the stubbornly rebellious atheist will remain unredeemed in spiritual ignorance and die in sin and Hell “without excuse” (John 3; Romans 1:18-32; John 8:24; Revelation 20:10-15).
Jesus never commanded that we argue the Gospel but that we teach and tell and urge and those who reject the Gospel will reap what they sow but we’re to shake the sands of rejection from our sandals and move forward in battle leaving the enemy of God and the enemy of our soul to their chosen eternal destiny (Matthew 10:14). Christians are not responsible for the outcome of the spiritual battle but we are responsible to tell and teach others about what the Father has done through the Son, Jesus Christ and the indwelling Holy Spirit (Matthew 28; Matthew 15:14).