In a new book sure to push the buttons of atheists, one of the most prominent evangelists in the world today charges God deniers actually know they are wrong.
Ray Comfort, in a book scheduled for release today, the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, contends atheists hate God because he does exist.
“Atheists don’t hate fairies, leprechauns, or unicorns because they don’t exist,” writes Comfort. “It is impossible to hate something that doesn’t exist. And that makes the point.”
In “You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can’t Make Him Think,” Comfort, the author of 60 books and the co-host with actor Kirk Cameron, star of the hit movie “Fireproof,” of a weekly television show about personal evangelism, offers a different approach to engaging atheists in dialogue.
“We don’t have to prove that God exists to the professing atheist,” he writes. “This is because he intuitively knows that He exists. Every person has a God-given conscience. The Bible tells us that this is the ‘work of the law written on their hearts.’ Just as every sane human being knows that it’s wrong to lie, steal, kill and commit adultery, he knows that God should be first in his life.”
Comfort says it’s not just the testimony of the conscience at work in all people, but also the testimony of creation, which declares the glory of God, “and the person who denies the voice of conscience and the voice of creation is without excuse.”
“If death seizes upon him and he is still in his sins, he will face the wrath of a holy Creator, whether he believes in Him or not,” continues Comfort. “This is why I don’t spend too much time trying to convince anyone that there is a God. To do so is to waste time and energy. Sinners don’t need convincing that God exists; they need convincing that sin exists and that they are in terrible danger.”
Nevertheless, Comfort will be debating atheists on national television and radio programs beginning today. Ironically, his book boasts a preface from avowed atheist Darrin Rasberry, who openly challenges readers to “prove Ray wrong.”
In 2006, Ray Comfort made national headlines when U.S. Secret Service agents conducted a raid and seized a stock of Gospel tracts produced by his ministry, alleging they were counterfeit currency. The tracts came in the form of $1 million bills – a denomination not produced by the U.S. Mint. In a related matter, a Pittsburgh man was arrested for handing one of the tracts to a grocery store cashier in an act of evangelism.
“I’m not going to stop printing them,” Comfort said. “How can you possibly counterfeit something that is not real – a $1 million bill?”
One side of the tract is designed like an imaginary $1 million bill. The other side has the gospel message written around the border. It also includes this message: “The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven? Here’s a quick test. Have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, “Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart.” Have you looked with lust? Will you be guilty on Judgment Day? If you have done those things God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That’s not God’s will. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for you. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself – ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ Then He rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus, and God will grant you everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.”
The tracts are also clearly marked on the front: “This bill is not legal tender.”