Jim is a member of my former Christian denomination, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. For many years prior to being a Christian he was an atheist. We have spoken several times since my deconversion from Christianity. He recently left me this message:
I am just peeking in on your blog and am surprised that you are still fervently evangelizing for your new faith. I’m not judging you with my statement, but acknowledging understanding. I was an atheist for 18 years and I get why you are pounding the drums so hard. Evangelical atheism is all about self assurance. You want to answer the question of whether or not you have done the right thing in turning your back against God. Blogging concerning your lack of faith in Jesus is cathartic. I certainly had moments of exhilaration when I deconverted Christians who bothered to listen to the evil pouring out of my mouth.
Gary, I am thankful that our Lord brings with Him the forgiveness of sins. He even forgave a blasphemer such as I was.
I am still praying for you.
Hi Jim. Nice to hear from you and I very much appreciate your concern for my well-being.
Hey. I have a suggestion: How about you and I have a discussion, here on my blog, about what convinced you that atheism is false and that Christianity is the truth. Maybe you can convince me, and maybe other skeptics, that we have made a mistake. I am always willing to keep an open mind. If you are interested, I will start a new post in which you and I can carry on a conversation. All I ask is this: I won’t ask you to read any books and I ask that you not ask me to read any books. Let’s discuss the evidence to answer this question:
“Is there sufficient evidence for the average, educated person who has never heard of Christianity (or knows very little about it) to believe that Jesus of Nazareth was God, the Creator of the Universe.”