Exchanges with atheists can get heated! Sometimes it doesn’t matter what evidence is presented, there is a refusal to engage with the facts. Although everyone would insist they are open to searching for the ‘truth’, presuppositions usually cloud these conversations leaving little space for a change of mind.
However, there is one simple way to cut to the chase in these conversations with an effective technique, as covered on Faithwire. It is a straightforward question to ask the atheist with the aim of discovering true motives. Many don’t want there to be a God because of the implications that will mean to their lives.
The question is…
If Christianity were true, would you become a Christian?
The answer to this question displays whether they really are in search of the truth. In our quest for truth, we have to evaluate the evidence fairly, no matter who presents it, to show that we are being reasonable in our chosen beliefs. Depending on the answer you may be able to have a genuine discussion about the evidence for Christianity or realise that it might be worth switching the subject!
Frank Turek explains more about this tactic:
He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. (Proverbs 12:17 NKJB)