The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Ps. 53:1)
“I believe in no religion. There is absolutely no proof for any of them, and from a philosophical standpoint Christianity is not even the best. All religions, that is, all mythologies to give them their proper name, are merely man’s own invention.” These were the words of a literature professor who had given up on the idea of God. And yet a fellow academic named J. R. R. Tolkien, convinced this lecturer to look deeper into the claims of Christ. As he did so, C. S. Lewis noticed that all of the great stories of Christianity had happened within a unique historical context—unlike their mythological counterparts. Of course, Lewis eventually repented of his unbelief and became one of the strongest literary figures in Christian history.
Psalm 53 tells us that the fool says in his heart that there is no God. Even though C.S. Lewis was one of the brightest academic minds in England, he was foolish to discount the evidence of God’s obvious power and design in the world.
Consider following Tolkien’s example when it comes to evangelism—he led Lewis to Christ by asking the young atheist what he believed and how he had come to those conclusions. Ask non-Christians what they believe—not with the goal of refuting their views but with an eye toward build bridges for the gospel.
Engage a non-Christian in conversation this week.
Doug Schmidt is a freelance content developer living in Denver. His favorite thing to do is to sit in comfortable chairs and “download the day” with his wife.
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