Atheism Sermon Illustration

Atheism Sermon illustration

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The Skeptic's Dilemma

A young skeptic once said to an elderly lady, "I once believed in God, but now, since studying philosophy and mathematics I am convinced that God is but an empty word." "Well," said the lady, "it is true that I have not learned these things, but since you have, can you tell me from whence this egg comes?" "Why, of course, from a hen," was the reply. "And where does the hen come from?" "Why from an egg." Then the lady inquired, "May I ask which existed first, the hen or the egg?" "The hen, of course," rejoined the young man. "Oh, then a hen must have existed without having come from an egg?" "Oh, no, I should have said the egg was first." "Then I suppose you mean that one egg existed without having come from a hen?" The young man hesitated: "Well, you see—that is—of course, well, the hen was first!" "Very well," said she. "Who made that first hen from which all succeeding eggs and hens have come?" "What do you mean by all this?" he asked. "Simply this, I say that He who created the first egg or hen is He who created the world. You can't explain the existence even of a hen or an egg without God, and yet you wish me to believe that you can explain the existence of the whole world without Him !"—From a sermon by W. H. Griffith Thomas

"Safety First"!

There is the story of an American tourist in France who went to the hotel keeper to pay his bill. The French hotel keeper said, "Don't you want a receipt?" "Oh, no," said the American, "if God wills I will be back in a week. You can give me a receipt then." "If God wills," smiled the hotel keeper, "do you still believe in God?" "Why, yes," said the American, "don't you?" "No," said the hotel keeper, "we have given that up long ago." "Oh," replied the American, "well, on second thought I believe I'll take a receipt!"—J. M. Vander Meulen, in The Faith of Christendom

A Troublesome Question

A teacher was telling her class of girls about the time when the Lord Jesus fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes. Said she: "And of course you will understand, children, that it does not mean that Jesus actually fed all those thousands with a few loaves and fishes. That would have been impossible. It just means that He so fed the people with His teaching that they lost all sense of bodily hunger, and went home satisfied." But an inquiring girl put this question, "But, Miss—, what was it filled the twelve baskets of fragments left over?"—Christian Herald

The Safe Path

"Have you studied Voltaire, Tom Paine, Robert Ingersol, or any of those fellows?" asked a friend of a Christian captain of a steamship.

"No," replied the captain.

"Well, you should. You can't fairly turn down their argument until you have thoroughly investigated for yourself," argued the captain's boyhood friend.

"I've been captain of this ship a lung time, John," returned the captain. "The chart that was given me pointed out the deep water that would carry the ship safely into port. As a young captain I never considered it advisable to investigate the rocks; the experience I've known other chaps to have with the rocks has been sufficient warning for me.

"So, the Bible that I learned at my mother's knee, in the old Sunday School and from my old pastor, is my chart for the sea of life. This Bible brings me a knowledge of the fathomless sea of God's love and mercy, which if I cast myself upon, will carry me safely into the Heavenly port.

"Look at our classmates, John; there's poor Harry with every prospect—no finer specimen of manhood could be found anywhere—until he threw away the 'chart' (his faith in the Bible), then little by little he lost his grip on the finer things of life, dying at last in a gambling hell.

"No, John, others have tampered with the rocks of infidelity to their sorrow; the shores of time are strewn with such wrecks. I shall continue to steer my boat for the 'deep water' that has landed millions upon the Golden Shore. I shall hug to my heart the Holy Scriptures for as David said, 'In them is Thy servant warned' of danger, 'and in keeping of them there is great reward'."—Selected

God's Answer

There is an ancient legend of an infidel knight who openly expressed his unbelief in the reality and power of God. He determined upon an experiment to prove that there was no God. Going out into the field, fully armed for combat, he cast his glove upon the ground after the fashion of his day when one challenged another to fight. Looking up into the heavens, he cried, "God, if there be a God, I defy thee here and now to mortal combat. If thou indeed art, put forth thy power, of which thy professed, pretended priests make such boast." Waiting for an answer to his challenge, he looked up and saw a piece of parchment fluttering in the air above his head. It fell to his feet, and when he picked it up, he found inscribed upon it the words, "God is love." Overcome by this unexpected response to his challenge, he broke his sword, and, kneeling upon the fragments, he consecrated himself to the service of the God whom he had before defied.—Sunday School Times

The Stars Left:

During the French Revolution Jean Bon St. Andre, the Vendean revolutionist, said to a peasant, "I will have all your steeples pulled down, that you may no longer have any object by which you may be reminded of our old superstitions."

"But," replied the peasant, "you can't help leaving us the stars."—The Chaplain

How Atheists and Agnostics Die

Hobbes, noted infidel, said when dying: "I am taking a fearful leap into the dark!"

Mirabeau said: "Give me more lauda-naum. I don't want to think of eternity!"

Edward Gibbon, noted atheist, said: "All is dark!"—Selected

"There Are No Atheists In Foxholes"

"Once, during a particularly violent raid, I leaped into a fox-hole, only to find a sergeant already there. We squeezed in together. Presently I found myself praying out loud. The sergeant was praying, too. He prayed almost as loud as I did. When the attack was over, I turned to him and said, 'Sergeant, I noticed you were praying.'

"The sergeant didn't bat an eye, 'Sir,' he said, 'there are no atheists in foholes!"'—An incident related by Col. Warren J. Clear, of the United States Army, shortly after he returned from Corregidor fortress.—From The Army Hour

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