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What to Say to an Atheist When Your Faith is Questioned

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Have you ever been approached by an atheist? When your faith is questioned will you be prepared? Next may be the harder question…what to say to an Atheist when the topic of God arises?

The scripture below should knock every person off the pedestal we have ourselves on, shouldn’t it? We can think we’re so self-righteous and this scripture tells us just how wrong our thinking is, doesn’t it?

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As it is written, None is righteous, no, not one.No one understands, no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless, no one does good, not even one. Romans 3:10-12

As a born again believer in Jesus Christ one thing I struggle with is talking with someone who is not just an unbeliever but is an Atheist. An Atheist doesn’t believe in God…PERIOD!


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WHAT TO SAY TO AN ATHEIST when your faith is questioned

So if you’re wondering what to say to an atheist you are not alone. Trust me I get it. However, the one thing I know for certain is we must make sure we deliver the love of God if we find ourselves in this situation.

Are you prepared for Hell if you are wrong?

Both Heaven and Hell are REAL! In many cases, I will simply and calmly say…Ok, if I am wrong and you are right what have I lost…NOTHING because I have my eternal reward in Heaven!

Now, if I am right and you are wrong what have you lost? You will receive eternal damnation in Hell in the Lake of Fire FOREVER!

Eternity is something Atheists do NOT believe in first and foremost. However, we should show them the same love that we would anyone else!

We need to see them the same as every other person made in the image of God. God created all, God Loves all, We are called to do the same!

How do you witness to an atheist?

Sharing the gospel with an atheist shouldn’t be any different than sharing with any individual, right? I have NEVER encountered an Atheist before but that changed recently, however.

I’m gonna be honest sweet friends…I was so not prepared when I came face to face with what to say to an atheist!

During our conversation, every time I asked a question concerning God and faith they counteracted with a response that I had trouble answering.

I am always open about my faith with those around me. Needless to say, within a short time frame God usually comes up in a conversation.

How to respond to an atheist

When I met this particular individual I could tell right away they were extremely uncomfortable around me. I’m sure it was the presence of the Holy Spirit that they were feeling and it bothered them.

I asked:

“Have we met before at work perhaps?”


Their Response:

“I don’t think so!”


I asked:

“Where do you go to Church at maybe I have seen you there?”


Their Response:



Me being me Asks:

“Do you not go because you choose not to go or are you an unbeliever?


Can of worms just kept flowing after that! I was told point-blank that I live in a “FANTASY WORLD” and they live in the “REAL WORLD.”

I Asked:

“What do you believe in then?”


I can be sooooo totally Duh sometimes y’all! I am not joking one bit!

What Do Atheists Believe?


Less broadly, atheism is a rejection of the belief that any deities exist. In an even narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities.

Atheism is contrasted with theism, which, in its most general form, is the belief that at least one deity exists.

This Person Stated:

  1. He said I have no beliefs because I do not believe in God but if you can provide me with solid proof maybe I would believe.
  2. He said he believes in God’s just not “MY GOD.”
  3. He said he believes in and trusts science, whereas I have faith and my faith is living blind.
  4. He said he believes he has good morals without God, therefore, why does he need God?

It broke my heart Friends.

He saw a photo of Tyler nearby and I could see the questions starting to form. I told him it was my grandson Tyler and the loss of a child to SID’S at 4 1/2 months old with the hope we have in Christ to see him again one day.

Questions Atheists ask

First Questioned Asked:

Why did God take your innocent grandson away from you, yet he lets rapists and murderers live?


My Response:

“I don’t have an answer for that. God is giver and taker of life and he has a reason behind all he allows to happen.” I can tell you that Tyler has not only changed my life but he’s also still impacting those around me and his short-lived life meant something! Not only that, but I have the hope and assurance with my faith in God that I will see him again one day!


They only shrugged me off and started laughing at me.

Second Question Asked:

“If God is so good and caring why does God allow all the shootings that are taking place that are killing innocent people?”


My Response:

“We live in a fallen world where evil is taking place every day.” People have free will and they CHOOSE to do the evil things they do. I also said, in my opinion, I don’t believe in someone being taken away too soon.


Since his days are determined the number of his months is with You. And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass. Job 14:5

A Time for Everything

There is an appointed time for everything and there is a time for every event under heaven. 

A Time To ___?

  1. Give birth and a time to die.
  2. Plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
  3. Kill and a time to heal.
  4. Tear down and a time to build up.
  5. Weep and a time to laugh.
  6. Mourn and a time to dance.
  7. Throw stones and a time to gather stones.
  8. Embrace and a time to shun embracing.
  9. Search and a time to give up as lost.
  10. Keep and a time to throw away.
  11. Tear apart and a time to sew together.
  12. Silent and a time to speak.
  13. Love and a time to hate.
  14. War and a time for peace.

How do you witness to an atheist in 2 specific ways

In all honesty, when it comes to the question of how to share the gospel with an atheist it’s no different than sharing with a nonbeliever, right?

1. Treat them with Respect

How do we show love and respect for atheists? In all honesty, we shouldn’t treat them any differently than we would anyone else. In other words, show them respect and get to know them.

Who knows, God could be using YOU as a tool to plant a seed. Witnessing to an atheist is all about showing the love of Jesus Christ and less about what to say to an atheist.

2. Be prepared to answer their questions…it’s Not a debate

Our goal should not be debating with Atheists but to show them the love of Jesus Christ. As born-again believers in Jesus Christ, our hope is they will accept Jesus as Lord and savior.

Our job is to tell them about Jesus. We can’t save them only God can do the saving. We plant the seeds!

The Holy Spirit can penetrate the hardest of hearts and that includes atheists!

As Christians, it’s hard for us to comprehend and accept that someone who has raped or murdered someone, can be forgiven. In truth, those sins aren’t any different than telling a lie or stealing. To God, Sin is Sin!

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:44

The Way of Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Corinthians 13:1

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3

For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:23-24

Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord can be saved. We would like to think, how can that be possible, in certain situations, but that is in God’s word. The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for ALL who believe. For there is no distinction. Romans 3:22

We can say, but am I NOT better than they are Lord? Do you NOT realize the way they’ve lived their lives? I am a “good person.” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. Mark 10:18

Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other I am God, and there is none like me. Isaiah 46:9

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:8

So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, We are unworthy servants, we have only done what was our duty. Luke 17:10

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Romans 6:11

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. John 12:37

You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. John 5:38

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:18

In Closing on What to Say to an Atheist

We need to keep in mind, we are called by God to share the Love of Jesus Christ and that includes Atheists too. God loves them just as much as You and I.

It is up to GOD to do the Convicting, Saving, and Judging. One thing I want to share with someone who does NOT believe in God is this. I found an amazing article on witnessing to atheists titles…4 Ways to Witness to Atheists.

Whether YOU choose to believe in God’s existence or not it won’t change the fact that God is real! God loves you! God sent His one and only Son, to bear His wrath in your place so you can have eternal life apart from Hell.

I want you to know you have hope in Christ for eternal salvation. That being said, you a choice to make Heaven or Hell?

Truth of Salvation


Salvation is truth and it can be denied all anyone wants to but it’s a fact. I’d rather you be told that now than when your standing before God on judgment day. I have a video below to show you just how much Jesus Christ suffered for you!

FULL WARNING!! This is an extremely difficult video to watch but this is the reality of what the Savior of the world endured for me and for you!

I Pray this will penetrate your hearts. I recently read another article on how an atheist found God.

much love, your sister in Christ, Angie

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    1. We learn and grow more in the dark times. Thank You so much for taking time out of your day to read my testimony and respond back to me. That means so much. I enjoy the P31 devotionals. They speak to my soul quite often, but yours today was so very close to my struggles and heart. God Bless all of you who use that ministry. It’s changing lives!

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