"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" This Scripture from Psalms 14:1 best captures the debate, says Ray Comfort.
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The face-off between two Christians and two atheists airs May 9 at 11:35 p.m. EST on ABC's Nightline, and can be viewed in segments beginning Wednesday May 9 at 1:00 p.m. on ABC's Web site. Look for part II Thursday May 10.
Holding back a laugh, Comfort told CBN News that the greatest strengths on his side of the debate were "my good looks and humility and Kirk Cameron's ability to teach."
All joking aside, the issue at hand during Saturday's recorded Nightline debate in New York was very serious: "Can God's existence be proven?"
Living Waters' Comfort and Kirk Cameron tackle this topic against atheists Brian and Kelly, co-founders of the Rational Response Squad.
Before the debate began, Comfort was pleasantly surprised by his challengers' parents.
"The mother of one of the atheists we debated contacted me. She said 'I am a Christian. I watch your television program twice a week, and I am earnestly praying for you guys, and thank you for befriending my son,'" said Comfort.
"The female atheist - the other one who was debating us - her mother is a Christian," added Comfort. "She was sitting in the front row of the church. She came up and said she was earnestly praying for us and thanked us for doing the debate."
Comfort told CBN News that Brian and Kelly were deliberately not listening to the evidence proving God's existence. Yet he said, "I pray that God opens the eyes of these guys."
Let the Debate Begin
When asked what the audience could expect as they tune in to Wednesday's segment of Nightline, Comfort described the setting.
"We felt like two goldfish in a bowl of piranhas. There were 100 people allowed in the church, 50 percent atheists and 50 percent believers," said Comfort. "The believers were polite and quiet. The atheists were rude and loud."
Learn more about witnessing to atheists by clicking on a review of Comfort's best-selling book God Doesn't Believe in Atheists.
Comfort and Cameron presented evidence proving God's existence through creation, DNA structure, conscience and conversion. He described arguments from the other side as being baseless and anything but rational.
After telling CBN News that God's existence is obvious through all of creation, Comfort referred to Romans 1:20, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse."
Opening the Door
With approximately 19 million visitors being informed about the debate on ABC's Web site, and an anticipated 5 million viewing it on Nightline Wednesday night, Comfort sees the face-off primarily as a witnessing opportunity.
He hopes the debate will open doors to future public debates about God's existence, creation science vs. evolution and other Christian issues.
"It's very healthy to have public debates," Comfort said. "No other country does this."
The best-selling author added that he was encouraged days after the event, "An atheist wrote to us, and he said he was at the debate and it really made him think."
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At the conclusion of our interview Comfort encouraged viewers to "Watch the debate and it will educate you on how to witness to atheists, how to make them backslide."
Comfort added, "Please pray that God uses this to