1. Are you certain you are an atheist? Often, in an attempt to appear intelligent, a person will incorrectly assume the label “atheist.” An atheist is to be distinguished from a polytheist (many gods), pantheist (god is the same as the universe), or agnostic (an uncertainty as what to believe, or whether truth can be actually known). The atheist says, “There is NO GOD.”
2. Are you aware that actual evidence for God does exist? God has revealed himself physically, through creation (Psalm 19, Romans 1), spiritually, through conviction (John 16:8), and uniquely through Christ and the Bible (John 1:4, 14, 2 Tim 3:16-17).
3. Do you know why many people choose to be atheists? Many choose the path of atheism simply because they cannot believe in God and continue living as they do. “They are corrupt.”
4. How much of the Bible have you actually read? “The Lord looks…to see if there were any that did understand.” It is less than honest to attack a book with which you are not actually familiar. Nor is it intellectually authentic to oppose something only on the basis of hearsay.
5. Do you know the word used in the Bible to describe an atheist? “The fool has said in his heart ‘There is no God.” Wouldn’t you agree that only a foolish person ignores evidence in choosing whether to accept or reject eternal life? (Make it clear that “fool” is God’s name for the atheist, not one you have picked at random.)
6. Would you allow me to share how you can know God?
The Bible says to repent (Luke 13:5). That means to be sorry for, and to turn away from, sinful habits. The King James Bible says: “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Born-again Christians are just people like you and me who have said with their mouth that they are now making Jesus Christ the Lord of their life. They also genuinely believe in their heart that God raised Him from the dead. According to the Bible, they are then saved.
7. Would you allow me to pray for you, either now or at a later date?
A guide to what to pray:
“Dear Father in Heaven, I realize that I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died for my sin. I am willing to turn from my sins and lead the life you want me to lead. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and I receive Him into my life as my personal Savior. I am willing, by God's grace, to follow and obey Christ as the Lord of my life.”