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Bring It On-Line: Witnessing to Atheist

Why is the Lord so long in answering prayers for salvation of family members? My neighbor is an atheist. When I tried to talk to him about Christianity and the beauty of God, he said that he is above God and that Christians are at the bottom ... ... Read Transcript


IT IS TIME TO "BRING IT ON"

WITH YOUR E-MAIL QUESTIONS,

AND PAT IS IN THE HOT SEAT.

CATHY WRITES, "WHAT IS THE

LORD SO LONG IN ANSWERING

PRAYERS FOR SALVATION OF

FAMILY MEMBERS.

AS A CHRISTIAN, I HAVE

PRAYED FAITHFULLY FOR THEIR

SAISALVATION.

BUT I'M SO DISCOURAGED.

THE GRANDCHILDREN INVOLVED

DESERVE A LOVING CHRISTIAN

HOME.

I'M NOT DOUBTING, JUST

IMPATIENT FOR THE BLESSINGS

GOD HAS PROMISED."

WHAT DO YOU THINK, PAT?

Pat: GEORGE MUELLER OF

ENGLAND PRAYED FOR ONE GUY

FOR 50 YEARS.

IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE MAN

DIED THAT THE MAN CAME TO

THE LORD.

THIS UNIVERSE IS 50 BILLION

YEARS OLD, AND GOD IS IN NO

HURRY.

BUT HE'LL ANSWER YOUR PRAYER

IF YOU BELIEVE.

Wendy: ANN WRITES, "MY

NEIGHBOR IS AN ATHEIST.

HE SAYS HE IS ABOVE GOD AND

CHRISTIANS ARE AT THE BOTTOM

OF THE BARREL.

WHAT SHOULD I SAY TO HIM?"

Pat: I WOULD JUST QUOTE

A SCRIPTURE.

IT IS APPOINTED A MAN DIES

AND THEN AFTER THAT THE

JUDGMENT.

DON'T ARGUE WITH HIM.

BUT I DON'T BELIEVE.

IT IS APPOINTED TO MAN ONES

TO DIE, AND AFTER THAT THE

JUDGMENT.

AND YOU LEAVE AND HE SAYS,

WOW, WHAT IF SHE IS RIGHT?

Wendy: JENNIFER WRITES,

"I'M A BELIEVER AND SOLID IN

MY FAITH, BUT MY BROTHER IS

NOT.

HIS MAIN QUESTION IS, IF GOD

KNOWS EVERYTHING, THEN HE

KNOWS WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO

CHOOSE HIM OR NOT.

AND THAT BEING SAID, WHY

WOULD GOD CREATE CERTAIN

PEOPLE IF HE JUST KNOWS

THEY'RE GOING TO DIE AND GO

TO HELL.

WHAT SHOULD I TELL HIM?"

Pat: GOD KNOWS

EVERYTHING, BUT HE GAVE MAN

FREE WILL.

SO THESE PEOPLE HAVE THE

FREEDOM TO CHOOSE GOD.

THE FACT THAT GOD -- THIS IS

A BIG THEOLOGICAL DEBATE

THAT GOES ON FOREVER.

HOW DO YOU SQUARE GOD'S

FOREKNOWLEDGE WITH

PRE-DESTINATION AND FREE

WILL.

YOU'RE NOT A THEOLOGIAN AND

YOU DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER

AND NEITHER DO I.

THESE PEOPLE THAT GOD HAS

CREATED, THEY HAVE THE

ABILITY TO SAY YES OR NO.

GOD IS GIVING THEM A

CHANCE.

Wendy: BETTY SAYS, "I

HAD OPEN-HEART SURGERY AND

DIED TWICE ON THE TABLE.

I CAME OUT OF THE SURGERY

WITH NO PAIN, AND THE

DOCTORS COULDN'T BELIEVE

IT.

GOD LET ME LIVE, BUT TOOK MY

SON AND FOUR YEARS LATER

TOOK MY HUSBAND.

HE DIED EIGHT MONTHS AGO,

AND MY DAUGHTER DIED FIVE

WEEKS AGO.

WHY WOULD GOD LET ME LIVE

BUT TAKE MY LOVED ONES?

IT'S HARD TO UNDERSTAND."

Pat: A LOT OF MILITARY

MEN HAVE SURVIVOR GUILT.

FOUR OF MY BUDDIES DIED, AND

WHY DID I GET TO LIVE.

SO THEY FEEL GUILTY.

YOU USE THE TERM "GOD TOOK

THEM."

I'M NOT SURE GOD TOOK THEM.

DISEASE MAY HAVE TAKEN

THEM.

BAD HABITS MAY HAVE TAKEN

THEM.

IN THE A WAR SITUATION,

COMBAT WITH THE ENEMY TOOK

THEM.

AND YOU SAY, WHY DID GOD DO

THAT?

WHAT GOD DID WAS HAVE MERCY

WITH YOU.

THE BIBLE SAYS, PRECIOUS IN

THE SIGHT OF THE LORD

LORD -- DEATH THE IS

ULTIMATE CORONATION.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE WITH

JESUS FOREVER.

YOU'RE FREE OF ALL OF THE

WORRIES AND ALL OF THE

HASSLES AND ALL OF THE

WORRYING AND ALL OF THE

SUFFERING.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE WITH HIM

IN PARADISE.

SO TO DIE ISN'T A BAD

THING.

WE DON'T REALLY WANT TO

HURRY, BUT IT IS NOT A BAD

THING.

Wendy: NADINE

WRITES, "MY HUSBAND AND I

HAVE BEEN SEPARATED FOR MORE

THAN A YEAR.

HE IS A MINISTER, AND I LEFT

DUE TO HIS EXTREME JEALOUSY

AND MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL

ABUSE.

SINCE THE SEPARATION, HIS

DAUGHTER CREATED A

Facebook PROFILE FOR HIM,

AND HE IS SPEAKING TO ALL

SORTS OF WOMEN ONLINE.

HE HAS BECOME COLD.

BUT CONTINUES TO MINISTER.

I KEEP HOPING FOR

RECONCILIATION, BUT GODLY

FRIENDS ARE TELLING ME TO

GIVE UP AND DIVORCE HIM

BECAUSE THERE IS NO HOPE AND

HE IS CRAZY.

AM I WRONG FOR HOLDING ON TO

THE HOPE AND HEALING?"

Pat: IT LOOKS LIKE YOUR

FRIENDS KNOW.

Wendy: WOMEN ALWAYS

WANT TO HOLD ON.

Pat: I'LL TELL YOU, YOU

KEEP PRAYING AND HOPING.

THIS MAN, YOU SAY HE'S

HAVING AFFAIRS ONLINE -- I

DON'T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING,

BUT HE HAS MOVED ON.

MAYBE A DIVORCE WOULD BRING

HIM TO HIS SENSES.

HE SOUNDS LIKE HE HAS GONE

OVER TO THE DEEP SIDE, THE

DARK SIDE.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY

ABOUT HIM.

BUT THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.

THAT'S THE THING WE KNOW.

THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE.

AND THAT'S THE BEST I CAN

TELL YOU.

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