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  • This entry is part 17 of 40 in the series Devotionals.

There Is No Moral Compass Without God

  1. Devotionals
    There Is No Moral Compass Without God
    18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:18-21

    Witnessing To Atheists

    Treat people with dignity and listen carefully
    • An atheist is someone who believes there is no God.
    • Treat them with respect as men and women made in the image of God.
    • Offer hospitality and help.
    • Seek to understand them.
    • Our first responsibility is to listen. We need to listen to the culture — to what people are saying — and seek to understand where they are coming from.
    Be willing to address people's defeater beliefs
    • We have no beliefs. We are just people who don’t believe in a God — but if you provided enough evidence, we would.
    • You Christians are unbelievers in Thor, Zeus, and all gods except one. We just go one God further.
    • We have science; you have faith — and faith, by definition, is blind.
    • People can be moral without God. Therefore, people have no need of God.
    Recognize that atheists are believers
    • An atheist is someone who believes there is no God. Furthermore, they believe they have the ability to absolutely determine whether or not evidence is objective. In other words, many of them don’t recognize that they too have faith — they have faith that they don’t have faith! They have faith in the reliability of their rational powers and in the belief that they should only believe things they can prove.
    • Atheism is based upon a series of beliefs, most of which are unverifiable. For example, every atheist I’ve ever met believes in naturalism. It’s not that they have verifiable evidence that everything is material; they believe that everything is material.
    • They also believe there is no (and can be no) evidence for God’s existence. A simple way to respond to this is asking what evidence they would actually accept.
    Pursue their hearts through their heads
    • While we shouldn’t be arrogant or belligerent, it isn’t loving to concede rational superiority to atheism — because it isn’t true.
    • Our goal is not to defeat atheists in a debate, but to show them the glory and beauty of Christ in the hopes that some may be saved.
    • We argue with atheists not to win the argument, but to have Christ win them.

    There Is No Moral Compass Without God

    About Author

    Experiencing the God of Joy: By centering our lives around Christ, we can experience true joy. "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." —Philippians 1:21
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  1. Pilgrim
    There Is No Moral Compass Without God
    This is raw footage from the Reason Rally in Washington D.C. where Jeff Durbin and Luke Pierson of Apologia Christian Ministries were filming for a documentary now in production that features debates and conversations between Christians and Atheists. In this clip they speak with a man wearing a shirt that reads, "Militant Atheist."

    Published on Apr 12, 2012
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  3. Pilgrim
    No Science, No Logic, and No Morality: Atheism

  • This entry is part 17 of 40 in the series Devotionals.