Authors: Ray Comfort
Nothing Created Everything
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To Richard Dawkins,
in the sincere hope that he looks beyond
the hypocrisy of organized religion,
before he goes to meet his Maker
introduced as “the man who is internationally hated by atheists.” We have a love/hate relationship. I love them and many hate or at least deeply dislike me.
One day I decided that I would try and show atheists that my love was more than lip service. I said that my wife and I would pay for dinner vouchers for any atheist that frequented “Atheist Central”
(my blog, from which came many of the quotes and questions in this book). Only about a dozen took me up on the offer. One wrote, “You haven’t quite converted me yet, but you have shown your true self today and I am forced to think of you a little differently than I did before. Maybe I should stop by here more often in the future.” When one said that he would prefer a free copy of
You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can’t Make Him Think
and a copy of
The Atheist Bible
, a kind couple gave $1,000 for any atheist to have them. Someone else gave $500.
Approximately one hundred and twenty atheists wrote requesting the free deal. I was surprised. The response showed that either they have a need for doorstops or they are interested in spiritual things.
One said, “I love this offer, and I love you and everyone posting here! I really do! Sorry, I’m just bursting with love at the moment! …I’d love [the book] signed! Hugs and big wet sloppy kisses in a manner completely out of character for an evil sinning atheist like me.” Another wrote:
I grew up in a strong Episcopalian household; my family is very devoted—but somewhere over my college years I grew separated from the Lord. I have a few friends who I believe led me in this direction, sadly at this time I would consider myself an atheist—at the same time, though, I feel confused and somewhat torn in two different directions. I am very interested in reading these publications to hopefully shed some light on my situation.
In May of 2009, a pastor in Klamath Falls, Oregon, told me that an angry police officer once said to him, “Pastor! I have a bone to pick with you. I don’t get dinner cooked for me on Monday nights because my wife has to be at your church’s Bible study by 6:00 p.m.” Pastor Jim responded by saying that the man should give him his address, and he would make his dinner for him. Amazingly, the officer showed up at the church the next week with a key to his house, and for the next four months the pastor cooked dinner and stayed to watch “Monday Night Football.”
One night they had a disagreement over the answer to a football question. They made a friendly bet as to who was right. If the pastor lost he had to continue to make dinner on Mondays, and if the officer lost, he had to go to church the next Sunday and sit with his wife. The police officer reluctantly agreed, lost the bet, and without telling his wife, put on some nice clothes and showed up on Sunday.
He did that for three months. One night he called the pastor at 11:00 p.m. and asked what he was doing. Pastor Jim said, “I’m sleeping.” For some reason the officer wanted the pastor to join him on patrol that night.
After driving around for a while, the officer stopped the car and said, “I want to be a part of this ‘born again’ thing.” The pastor prayed with him and, as the officer prayed, he put his head on
the steering wheel and wept in repentance as he yielded his life to Christ. It was the
love of the pastor that spoke to that man.
So, Mr. Atheist (I say that respectfully), you have a bone to pick with me. You are angry because of the hypocrisy of religion and what you see as blind ignorance on my part when it comes to the issue of evolution. So let’s make a bet. If either of us loses we have to agree to forfeit something. So here’s my suggestion. If I lose this argument about the existence of God and the promise of Christianity, I will give up going to Heaven. I will give up my life and my very consciousness. You will be right. There’s no God and no afterlife. So I will be dead, and I will know nothing. The problem is that I won’t even realize that I was wrong and that you were right. That’s my side of the bargain.
Here’s your side. If I am right and God exists and Christianity is right, then you have to give up going to Hell. You have to be part of the new heaven and the new earth and get a new body that will have no disease, pain, suffering, aging, or death. You will have to enjoy “pleasures forevermore.”
I am at a loss, though. I can’t show you the tangibility of my love for you. I can’t make dinner for you every Monday night, as much as I would like to. But know this. I deeply care about you. My goal with this book isn’t to win an argument. It’s to win
. Yet if I do have a small part in your eternal salvation, the odds are I won’t even know about it until we enter eternity. I can wait until then, and hope to meet you then.
Is it a wager?
myself any sort of magician, but I can do some sleight-of-hand. I have seen hundreds of people open their mouths wide in unbelief at what their eyes have just seen. It is true that the eye is easily fooled.
Back in November of 2008 I took a small camera crew to visit the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle Grand Galerie de L’Evolution in Paris, France. I had a sense of excitement because we were going to be able to film actual “evidence” of evolution.
The museum was magnificent. There were
of stuffed animals—giant giraffes, massive elephants, zebras, lions, tigers—you name it and you could find it. It was awe-inspiring. But there was a problem. There didn’t seem to be anything within the museum having to do with evolution, yet it was called the “Grand Gallery of Evolution.”
After an hour of searching all we could find was a copy of
The Origin of Species
in a glass case. So we asked an attendant, who kindly took us up some stairs and showed us an ugly-looking stuffed monkey with “Lucy” written on a small piece of card.
That was it. There was
“evidence” of evolution. The museum was filled with God’s creation, but all who entered had the wool of evolution pulled over their gullible eyes.
In my home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, the local museum has written in stone across the main entrance: “Lo, these are parts of His ways; but how little a portion is heard of Him” (Job 26:14). You can be sure that these words from the Bible remain only
they are written in stone.
Neil Geoffrey Turok holds the chair of Mathematical Physics (1967) at Cambridge University. In speaking of the beginning of the universe, he said:
It is our job as theorists to push those problems to the limit to see whether they can be cured, or whether they will instead prove fatal for the models. Equally, if not more important, is the attempt to test the models observationally, because science is nothing without observational test.
The theory of evolution is scientific only if it can be observably tested. In response to the objection “Evolution is not science because it is not observable or testable,” Berkeley University replied: