Should we be rude to hostile atheists?
(03-31-2015, 10:31 AM)GangGreen Wrote:
(03-31-2015, 12:00 AM)Poche Wrote: Should we be rude to hostile atheists?

Jesus said, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
He also said, "Pray for those who persecute you."

Yep. But let's not forget that Christ defeated his enemies by completely outsmarting them. I don't mean this in a deceitful manner, but instead the fact of his incredible intelligence (well he is God) and mastery of rhetoric. He was a master of just laying it out straight and hard. No one could rebut him since pretty much set out the truth like a dagger. People tend to not realize how harsh his truths were to those who were against him. He spoke the words of salvation and mercy to those who wished to hear them and also spoke words of condemnation and judgement to those who did not wish to hear his words.

Of course part of the issue is that defending the faith against someone who has a faith of their own can be simpler than defending it against those who have no faith at all. It's a different style of attack and defense that is needed. How to convince someone who has no faith at all when they have very little desire to understand your faith from a theological standpoint. To an atheist, theology is nonsensical. The only appeal to such a person is logic/reason.  Often Christians tend to get into battles of science against non believers. Even this is futile to a point. I understand the point is to debunk their pretty much fanatical religious belief in science as the answer to all truths, but this can only go so far.  These people believe in science as a 100% proof in everything in a similar way that we believe in our faith. They say, if scientists believe it to be true, then it is true.
The best way of presenting the faith to someone who has no faith at all is by living the holiness that God calls us to live.

Ben Shapiro offers some advice about dealing with Liberals which may also be relevant here.

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