I Love Atheists

Now, you’re probably thinking, “this guy loves atheists!?” Yes, that’s exactly right. You see, I was one at one time. I had no desire for God. I had no proof of His existence. I didn’t even think about Him. That was, until I hit rock bottom. When I reached a crisis in my life, I started questioning why I even existed. What’s the point of living? I contemplated suicide. Then I heard an old Southern Baptist preacher, whose name unfortunately escapes me, mention that you have a purpose in life. God created you for a reason. I had never thought of my existing for a purpose. Do you mean my head was meant for more than a hat rack? Incredibly yes!

When I share the gospel, I am not afraid to talk to atheists, agnostics, or evolutionists. When I see them and speak to them, I just think back on my own life prior to Christ and realize, “there go I but by the grace of God.” I am no better than they are. I was no more worthy to be called a child of God than they are. The only reason that I have placed my trust in Christ is because He called me (John 6:44). My own flesh and blood didn’t make me realize who Christ was, it was the Father. Here is my answer for why He called me and not others…”I don’t know!” There was nothing worthy in me. I had no special abilities. I was not a sensitive, tender-hearted person who God thought, “Hey, he’d make a mighty fine Christian.” God did not look down from heaven and think, “We gotta save this one. He‘s something special.” No, not at all. I still consider myself unworthy. Incredibly, I went from disaster to pastor, from a state prison to being free at last, from a drug abuser to a gospel witness. I was the weakest link in my family, in my class in school, and at my places of work. I would have been the last one that I would have chosen. It’s exactly as Paul said, “But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man” (Gal 1:15-16).

Many people will deny that Jesus Christ ever existed. What I say is that time does not diminish truth and the fact is that Jesus Christ is the most written about Person in all of human history. Time will not destroy the fact that 2 + 2= 4 and it will still be 4 a million years from now. Why would time diminish the historicity of Jesus? Do you believe that George Washington lived? Or that Napoleon existed? How about Rome’s Nero? Aristotle? These people are taught in the history books as historical facts and they have exponentially less evidence about them than the volumimous evidence that Jesus Christ did and does exist. You could combine all of the evidence that has ever been written about all these others and still not have the historical evidence that Jesus did exist. I must remain humble though because I came to understand that we are not born with a knowledge of Jesus Christ but we are drawn to know Christ through the Father (John 6:44) and the fact of Jesus’ existence is outside of the realm of human understanding (Matt 16:17). I could not have known, the atheist can not know nor could anyone understand who Jesus is or that He exists by flesh and blood alone. That is why I pray for those who I witness to and ask God the Father to reveal Who Jesus is.

So the next time you see someone who is an unbeliever, think in your heart, “that could have been me.” Why did God call me and not them? I have no clue at all. That’s why I love witnessing to those who have no desire, no passion, and no hunger for God. Yes, even atheists…because…that was me! But today, here I am a believer, but only by the grace of God.

Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven (Matt 16:17).

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Jack Wellman is the Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believers daily walk with God and the Bible.

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