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- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
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Malachi 1:11
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John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
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Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Atheist Penn Jillette Receives Bible

The Anchoress brought to her readers attention a YouTube clip by avowed atheist Penn Jillette. Its seems that after one of his shows someone handed him a Gideon Bible or New Testament. In the video, Penn is clearly emotional as he describes the event. Penn, the brilliant man that he is, says something extremely succint and profound, that one expects only from the likes of a G.K. Chesterton:

"How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible, and not tell them that?"

Let that sink in for a moment. An atheist is asking how much Christians have to hate non-Christians to deliberately not tell them the gospel. Penn's reaction is similar to one that a gay Jewish friend once had. My friend was so touched that I loved him enough to be concerned about his salvation. I provided books and patiently answered his many questions over a period of years. He now considers himself to be a Hebrew Christian, much like the early Jewish converts.

Its a short video. Penn remains an atheist, but you can see that the seed has been firmly planted and awaits the nurturing of the Holy Spirit.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JHS8adO3hM

Knowing the power of God, I wouldn't be surprised to one day read that Penn is not only Christian, but Catholic or Orthodox. Similar fates have occured to other atheists.

Please pray for Penn and all atheists.

    "Always be prepared to make a defense of anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence."
    1Peter 3:15


UPDATE

My critique of the video doesn't seem to be too far off-base. Baptist Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research posted the video. Among the 35 comments was one about the "seed being planted".

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2 Comments:

Blogger bob said...

Its a short video. Penn remains an atheist, but you can see that the seed has been firmly planted and awaits the nurturing of the Holy Spirit.

I've seen many Penn videos so I think I know this person well enough to say you are very wrong when you said "the seed has been firmly planted and awaits the nurturing of the Holy Spirit."

Penn is a real atheist. Real atheists never throw out their common sense. Penn liked and respected the Christian he was talking about in the video, but I'm quite sure Penn still thinks Christian beliefs are insane, including the cartoonish belief in a holy spook.

My point is Christians who try to convince atheists to accept their strange religion are wasting their time and they are wasting the atheist's time.

Your suggestion "Please pray for Penn and all atheists" is insulting to atheists. They don't need you to talk to yourself for them. They will just think you're nuts.

To be an atheist is to be a free person. It's extremely unlikely a free person is going to willingly become a slave again. That's what Christians are, slaves to a barbaric imaginary god. Atheists are not interested in Christian insanity.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Timothy said...

Greetings, Bob! Thanks for dropping by CAS.

I have no doubt that Penn is a real atheist, versus someone who claims to be an atheist out of convenience (no church with family, no dietary laws, etc.). I've watched several of his videos, including his "debunking" of God, and fully concur that he's the real deal.

Time will tell if a seed has been planted. I think Penn's question is very telling.

>"Your suggestion 'Please pray for Penn and all atheists' is insulting to atheists."

If they would think we're nuts, then why would they be insulted? If Christians are just talking to themselves as you claim, then its a case of "no harm, no foul".

>"It's extremely unlikely a free person is going to willingly become a slave again. That's what Christians are, slaves to a barbaric imaginary god."

You were doing so well until you got to this point. Christians are not slaves, as they have free will and may accept or reject God. A slave is not free to reject their master.

I fail to grasp how an "imaginary God" can be barbaric. You accuse others of "Christian insanity", while at the same time you assign traits to something that doesn't exist. Is that what passes for "common sense" among atheists? And, you call the Christians nuts. Huh.

Its late and its time to talk to myself before bed. Please feel free to just think me nuts.

11:49 PM  

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