Mistakes Christians make when dialoguing with atheists
by Matt Slick
Most Christians mean well when they defend their faith. But too often, many make fundamental errors when dialoguing with atheists. We need to make as few errors as possible, not simply to win an argument, but to help the atheist come to a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus.
However, there come times when it is appropriate to label atheists in a manner that is consistent with their behavior. Though our goal is to win them to Christ, unfortunately, too many of them care nothing for serious dialogue and seek only to malign Christianity and our Lord Jesus. If, after you have tried to communicate to them the truth of Christ's work and they continue to speak evil of the Lord and Christianity and they continue to misrepresent the faith, then it can be appropriate to be tougher. First of all, Jesus was harsh and said people were lacking in understanding (Matt. 15:16), serpents and vipers (Matt. 23:33), perverted (Matt. 17:17), etc. Paul said of those who denied God that they were of depraved mind, evil, full of envy, causing strife, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, etc., (Rom. 1:28-32). So, when its time, when they continue to refuse to be polite and respectful, and you realize they are only seeking to harm the faith of Christians, then it is time to speak the truth to them. But, before you get to that point, we have some recommendations on how to treat them…
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