How to witness to an atheist
When dealing with people that claim there is no God there are some important things you must start with.
The Bible says there are no atheists. Everyone knows there is a god. Not only do they know there is a god, they know the God. They are without excuse.
Romans 1:18-23(ESV) ” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. “
They believe that there is only the material world and so they cannot account for immaterial things like logic and morals. Then they judge you and judge the Bible they have to use our worldview to argue against us and God.
Ask the person the following questions. Is what Hitler did right or wrong? Are you the product of evolution? Are you the result of random chemical reactions? Is your brain chemical reactions? Tell them you have a Coke and a Sprite. You shake them both up. You take off the tops and you have a chemical reaction and you have soda all over the place. Which one is morally right and which one is morally wrong? Which one is true and which one is false? They will tell you that does not make sence. You agree and explain that this is what their worldview results in. They are a collection of random chemical reactions using logic and saying that another set of chemical reactions is morally wrong and illogical. The issue is that their worldview cannot account for logic and morals.
Ask them why was what Hitler did wrong? Where do they get their standard for right and wrong?
If they say we evolved, then tell him that Hilter evolved to believe that it was ok to murder the Jews so they cannot judge him.
If they say society decides what is right and wrong you tell them that Germany decided that it was ok to murder the Jews so what Hitler did according to their worldview was ok.
If they say right and wrong is decided by the laws, you can tell them that it was legal to murder the Jews in Germany during world war 2 to that is not what makes something right or wrong.
At this point I have had people tell me I guess what Hitler did was right. I explain that they know and I know that what Hitler did was wrong and they know it because God has written His law on every single person’s heart. We are made in the image of God. We are creative, moral, logical and person because we were made in the image of God.
The video below is another great way to witness to atheists.
This video below explains how to witness to atheists. I do believe there is a time to use evidential apologetics. Some times people have questions and they really want an answer. Give them an answer. One thing that the speaker in this video below needs to do is explain his points a little better. I use these all the time but, I try and take more time to explain the points made. If you win the argument but the person you beat does not know you won then what was the point.