so my friend doesnt believe in god and he said its because he never answers his pryers. I know he doesnt answer all of them but what should I say to him because I cant think of any good aguments
In answer to emilyxoxo : I am not judging anyone "because they believe in God" and I am not aware of any great movement by atheists to force their beliefs on anyone.I believe that people are free to believe whatever they wish, unfortunately the history of organized religions indicates that atheists have not been treated so leniently. The Roman Catholic Church only disbanded the Inquistion in the twentieth century. How many thousands of people were tortured and killed by that Church, acting in the name of that loving,caring God ? Their crime ? Was it not that they disagreed with the Church ? The Church of England also had a pretty bloody record in Tudor days. Other Christian Protestant churches have threatened people with eternal damnation for not conforming with their beliefs. What happens to Muslims who dare to ridicule the teachings of Islam or make a drawing of Mohammed ? Please don't say atheists try to force their beliefs on people. I do not suppose anyone will ever be able to PROVE there is no God, but what we can already say is that the overwhelming probability is that there is not. The arguments for his existence simply do not stand up to analysis and investigation. Most of the "explanations" of the Bible, miracles, human suffering and other religious questions are absolutely hilarious once one is free of blind faith. Faith is after all about the suspension of intelligent thought in favour of superstitious nonsense. By the way, I recently read of a large-scale experiment on the power of prayers which was funded by a Christian foundation and which was conducted under established scientific methods with the participation of large congregations of Christians. The conclusion, after the expenditure of several million dollars, was that they made no difference whatsoever. Why can God not reveal himself ? Why does he want us all to believe in him (I am the Lord your God and you shall have no other God but me) and keep sending his messages to the faithful via nutty evangelistic preachers and megalomaniac priests bishops mullaha etc. and yet keep hidden ? Do not try to show your friends that God exists, leave that to the big boy himself, but you may have to wait a long time.
How sad that people can still believe in the supernatural God,Jehovah,Allah or whatever you wish to call this mythical being .Please,please, do try to clear your minds of all the religious claptrap with which you have been indoctrinated and start thinking it through for yourselves from scratch. There is NO evidence and I emphasise EVIDENCE (proven facts) to support the theory of existence of a "God". Having taken about fifty years to observe the world and the theological nonsense purveyed to gullible masses before coming to embrace aetheism as opposed to being merely agnostic for many years, I urge you all to really question any of your religious mentors at every turning . Have the courage to challenge the imaginary authority of your priest,mullah,rabbi . If any answer to your questions sounds the least bit dodgy or unsatisfactory then carry on probing and questioning and try looking at the answers given by aetheists to the same questions and compare the probability ,given your own experiences and knowledge of the known worlds,as to which seems more comprehensible. I have only recently become familiar with Professor Richard Dawkins and his fairly militant aetheist beliefs, however he does seem to elucidate all my own rather confused conclusions on the non-existence of this stupid "God". Try reading his best-selling book "The God Delusion."
"What purpose does prayer serve?"
We don't know God's "Plan", if any, but it might just be that it allows for God's creation to evolve on its own. That could include the possibility for man to handle his own affairs and continue to evolve according to the circumstances that develop.
Accordingly, prayer may not actually be a connection to God but rather a connection between one's conscious mind and subconscious mind which allows one to better tune one's conscious mind with the realities that it is facing.
I've Prayer tunes you in
1) The purpose of prayer is as a tuning device.
2) Prayer tunes entities into singleness of being and Harmoniousness of purpose.
3) "Our God, our Guides, and fellow Spirits, we thank Thee for Thy countenance. Pray continue to abide with us."
4) "We are thankful for this past day, And pray that we have grown along the Way; In sleep we turn in search of Thee, For Knowledge, Wisdom and Harmony."
5) "We thank Thee for another day, That we may Love and Grow along the Way; Pray guide our feet where they may go, That we may help all others Grow."
Pray! You may not be able to change his mind by telling him or arguing. You can pray though. Also, let God's light shine through you. You don't have to persuade him that God is real or that Jesus Christ died on the cross. It shows throughout the bible the way Christ was. He was perfect. Now don't get me wrong...nobody is perfect, but God and Jesus: however we can try our best to show a good attitude and strive to be Like-Christ. In doing so, his love and light will shine through us. If you want to tell your friend that you do believe in God and explain to him how you believe. If he wants to talk to you about how he believes, listen to him. Tell him that you do love him and that you will be praying for him. Keep loving him and let him know you are there for him. Pray for him. You may be the one to lead him to God. Keep your faith! Don't let anyone persuade you that there is no God.
There is no way to convince your friend. That is not to say that you should stop, only that you may want to encourage the idea when it comes up. As for the prayer thing, I find that when arguing with a non christian about prayer they come up with the "Yes, No, and Mabye theory."
This theory states that when we pray we rationalize, in 3 ways, that god always hears us.
Yes. Our prayers are answered.
No. This only applies to prayers with a deadline. God heard but refused for an unknown reason.
Mabye. Our prayers were heard but simply have yet to be answered.
We do not believe this to be rationalization, but because of it arguing prayer is futile. So simply encourage the idea until an event in his life leads him to find God.
im really sorry for all the people that dont believe there is a God I have not just one proof that God really exist but thousands. My mother was diagnosed with HIV and Ill I did was have faith in God that he would cure her I fasted and prayed my head off and finally he answerd me and THAT I dont think is a coincidence GOD is powerful and he is real Ill die preaching of what he did to save my mommy from diying. I had lung cancer on my left lung and I dont smoke it was all a plan of God so that I could give testimony of what he could do for me I had to have sergury and I all I did was have Faith and now my ling is perfect! was all that a coincidence I DONT THINK SO!!
Um, leogee, I find it sad that you judge people because they believe in God. I see a lot of athiests doing that to people, and trying to convince them , "I am right, there is no God.", when the same people say that religious people do the same thing. You do not know, and may never know, if there is a God. I cannot stand when people force their beliefs on someone, athiest or someone who belives in God. As for the original person, let your friend have time. They will come around. They should listen to Anyway by Martina McBride.That may help.
leogee, I'm not saying it's all athiests, because that would be a completely idiotic and untrue statement. I just mean that I have seen it before, as I have seen it happen with people who do believe in God trying to force their beliefs on athiests, or people who don't believe what they do. I have seen many people do this, and on both sides, it is very hypocritical. That's what I mean.Not trying to start a fight. You believe what you believe, I believe what I believe.
Don't argue with him, the more you aregue the worst; let him either believe or not on his own, if he doesn't you have to respect his choice because there's no one forcing him to, mayeb you'd love him to but there's so much you can do so just respect his opinion on him and let him follow his own path; if it really disturbs yo, then dno't talk or discuss religion with him.
no offense but there is NOTHING more annoying in this world then having someone who believes in god try to argue with someone who doesn't believe. seriously.. just let it go. if he doesn't believe in god then that's his choice, just don't even bother trying to argue with him. everyone has a right to believe what they want, so just leave it at that.
In His word He says 'My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways (timing) are not your ways - God answers in His time - sometimes He says 'no', sometimes 'yes', and many times 'not yet' - be patient, He indeed has 'the Big picture' and answers come in many unexpected/surprising ways...Hope this helps !!
The best sermon ever preached is a life lived in submission to God.
If you truly live what you belive,and if you believe what the bible teaches, you will make a difference, in his life, as well as everyone around you.
The evidence of God is found within our walk.
the bible sais in Mathews: 4 vs 5-7 that if you for example say God do this in order to believe you are real he will say no I wont show you my power for you dont have faith and I will not show my power to athiest and none believers(expl) but that really what he is saying.
If your friend or anyone else doent believe in God doesn't have faith. There is a God and I'll die believing it. maybe one day he'll believe and than he'll be a testimonal for the unbeliver continue being friends and continue to pray for him and those like him.
ask him if he even WANTS to believe in god. just because you do dosnt mean you have to convert people who dont. your freind has the right to beleive in whatever they want, so if they dont want to believe in god, dont force them
It might help to tell him what the bible says about God answering prayers. He says that if we ask according to his will, then, we have what we ask for.
The key is his will...
That is where many stumble.
I dont believe in god but I believe in a higher being. you should just respect your friends decision. and as what 2 say, ask him what he DOES believe in. every1 needs something to believe in at least.
im srry thats not what I ment I know people have a right to believe in what ever they want. he asked me why and I didnt know what to say I shouldnt have used the word argue
Friends listen, pastors preach. Are you his friend, or his pastor?
Have you considered the possibility that he's right?
easy question, there is no god, so STOP TRYING TO CONVINCE A PERSON WHO'S NOT CORRUPTED BY THE CHURCH!
Logical thinking and knowledge would conclude that God does not exist, in my opinion.