Thursday, June 28, 2012

Saved by Jesus Christ: An Atheist Leaves the Religion of Atheism

Every day, we receive dozens (if not hundreds) of emails at Living Waters--the good, the bad, and the ugly. Nothing encourages us more than emails like the one we received today from Don.

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Hello On The Box

I've been watching your show for a month.

I was an atheist for 22 years. Two months ago a Christian friend gave me a copy of Ray's book, 'You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can't Make Him Think'. God really used this book to open my eyes. I have only one friend who kept trying to reach me. He cared enough about my soul and where I would spend eternity not to give up on me. I would never listen to anyone on the subject of God, and most certainly if you tried to talk to me about it...I would end up getting angry. I was one of those angry skeptics. Great idea, to have an atheist foreword the book....and he asks, "Are you up for the challenge?" That really grabs your attention!

I mocked and ridiculed anyone who believed in God. I called evil good and good evil. Most certainly, "atheism is the epitome of stupidity" like Ray says. I was one of those unreasonable people. The book left me with NO reason for why I didn't believe in God. The reality is true, I didn't want to be morally responsible to God; I loved sin too much, so I denied the existence of God. No other reason. For the first time, it got me out of my stupidity and shocked me back into reality. I began to fear the "unknown" of what would happen if I died. I began to fear hell...terribly. The truth is, I never thought any further than my nose.

I was soundly saved out of atheism! I can say praise God! It is only by his grace that I am even saved today. I put on the Lord Jesus Christ and repented of my wicked, blaspheming ways! I am thankful to God for his patience! God's patience can only last for so long. I cannot sit by, and watch as my family, friends, or anyone be sent to hell. I am so excited to share with others what has happened to me, and I have already been able to share the truth with one of my atheist friends. I am going to give them a copy of Ray's book.

I am reading my Bible, and I've visited the church my friend attends.

On The box is great! A great help in learning how to witness. Thank you for your ministry. Stay encouraged and don't give up on anyone.

I ask prayer for my wife. She is an atheist and refuses to listen to anything I have to say. I trust God to save her, as he did me...because if he can save me, he can save anyone.

Thanks, Don

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The angels rejoice in Heaven when one sinner repents! And we at Living Waters rejoice, too.

Don hasn't checked his ability to reason or his common sense at the door. No. By the power of the Holy Spirit, Don has come to his senses. If, Like Don once was, you are someone trapped in the false religion of Atheism; please read the following closely. Your very soul may depend on it.

When you die (and we will all die someday), you will stand before God and give an account for your life--every decision made, every action taken, every idea thought, every word spoken. He will judge each of us according to the perfect moral standard of His Law. If we have sinned against Him in any way (and all sin is against God)--if we have lied, stolen, looked with lust, taken His name in vain, hated another person, or coveted someone else's possessions; He will find us guilty of breaking His Law.

We also sin against God when we fashion a Jesus in our mind to suit ourselves--when we create a Jesus in our imagination with whom we are comfortable. This is called idolatry. It is idolatrous to change the character of Jesus Christ and make Him into Someone who turns a blind eye to sin or even applauds sin.

When you stand before God, if He finds you guilty of breaking His Law, He will punish your sin. And the punishment God has ascribed for sin is eternity in Hell. He must do what is right, because He is holy, righteous, and just.

I don't want that for you. I don't want that for Richard Dawkins and Dan Barker. I don't want that for the false converts filling pulpits around the world. I don't want that for anyone.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. In addition to being holy, righteous, and just; God is also, loving, merciful, and kind.

2,000 years ago, God the Father sent His Son to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is fully God and fully Man, yet without sin. Unlike you and me, He never once violated the Law of God in thought, word, or deed. He couldn't because He was and is God in the flesh--the sinless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

Jesus lived the perfect life (a life pleasing to God the Father) that neither you nor I can live. About 33 years into His earthly existence, He voluntarily went to the cross. He suffered and died a horrific, bloody death to take upon Himself the punishment you and I rightly deserve for our sins against God. Three days later, He forever defeated sin and death when He rose from the grave. He is alive today, and He will return at a time of the Father's choosing.

What God commands of you is the same thing He commands of me and all people everywhere. He commands that we repent (turn from our sin and turn toward God); and, by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

You may have heard this (or something similar) in the past, maybe even in church. But it is not enough to nod your head in agreement and then believe in a Jesus whose character is different than the one, true Jesus of the Bible.

Like everyone else, you must come to Jesus Christ on His terms, not your own.

Please, repent of your sin and, by faith and by faith alone, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, while He has given you time.

And let me encourage you to watch this important documentary.