An atheist believes that an entire category, or type, of thing(s) does not exist (in this case God/deity) . A theist (someone who DOES believe in a god in one form or another) is someone who DOES believe that category of thing(s) does in fact exist. This is a huge separation. It would be like someone saying “We are both A-Universists (Someone who does not believe in the existence of the universe). I just happen to believe in one less universe than you.” It’s an entire category that one person accepts and one denies. The attempt is to create an illusion of closeness in position, when the fact of the matter is that the theist and atheists are on completely opposite sides of this issue.
I stood there, shaking like a leaf in hurricane force winds. In my hands I had a nervously clutched stack of million dollar bill gospel tracts. It was my first time on the streets sharing the gospel, and I was scared to death.
Someone walked my way. “No. I can’t give one to that person.” Another potentially lost soul walked my way; “She looks like she is in a hurry. I’ll leave her alone.”
What was happening? I came out with my brothers in Christ to share the gospel but I wasn’t participating. Something was stopping me. It has probably stopped you before too: fear. I had become a victim of the coexistence of fear and evangelism.
When I decided to be prepared to defend my faith, I started looking for free books. I didn’t have a lot of money at the time, but I had a tremendous hunger to learn. Along with listening to podcasts relentlessly, I started trying to get my hands on good books. But good books are usually somewhat expensive.
Thankfully, the internet changed all of that.
The internet has made buying, writing and selling books completely different than it was even just 15 years ago. The good news for the consumer, is that there are free books available all the time. I have built a digital library of over 300 kindle books and I would guess that 75% of them I have gotten for free. I want to share with you exactly how I have done that, thanks to three important sources.
I started listening to podcasts back in 2009. I am an auditory learner so it gave me something to wrap my mind around while I was doing household chores, driving or whatever other boring activity I had to do at the time. Fast forward five years and I have just started seminary, and I feel very well prepared for my classes.
The great thing about learning through podcasts like this is that you will be exposed to all sorts of different topics and actually hearing how to engage in conversations with fellow believers on hot topics as well as skeptics. Below is a list of Christian podcasts that I listen to from time to time:
Why do I need to be prepared to answer skeptics?
It’s a question some Christians ask themselves, but not nearly often enough. What’s the big deal? Why should I personally be prepared to answer challenges to my faith? I mean, how often does it actually come up?
In 2009 two Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door. They were kind, dedicated and well prepared. I stood there, dumbfounded. I knew that I knew Jesus. I knew I had the truth. I also knew that I had no thoughtful responses for their prepared statements about Jesus and the Bible (I’n my own defense, I had only been a believer for less than two years). I made a commitment that very day, to never be caught flat footed again when I had to answer a skeptic. I determined to know the reasons that we can have for our faith in our God and savior, Jesus Christ.
When we read through the book of Acts, the power of the Spirit is undeniable. Miraculous healings, conversions and other events leap off of the page. Sadly, these events are very rare in western life today, and I think this is in large part to our neglect or compartmentalization of the Spirit. This book reminded me just how amazing and necessary the Holy Spirit is in the lives of believers to accomplish what God wants. America is a society of innovators and “do-it-yourselfers”. Which, in the business and professional world is a wonderful thing. But from a Christian perspective, we are called to depend on Him who cares for us. There are dozens of fantastic passages in this book that are convicting, challenging and encouraging. I can’t recommend it enough for people who really want all that God has for them. Forgotten God is a short and fast read. If you are a believer and want to be reminded about the power of the Holy Spirit, I would absolutely recommend it for you.