Evangelist Ray Comfort says he's receiving so many questions and comments from atheists on his Facebook page that he's found the need to recruit Christians to join the online conversation between hundreds if not thousands of people. - The Christian Post
Comfort, who has more than 113,000 people "likes" on his Facebook page, and usually maintains around 40,000 active conversations, welcomes everyone to the conversations happening. There’s only one rule,
"YOU WILL BE BANNED FOR CUSSING OR BLASPHEMY"
Comfort’s Facebook page has become a battleground for atheists to square off with Christians in an exchange of comments responding to his provocative posts. It's not uncommon for a post on his social media site to have more than 1,000 responses. The Christian Post.
The Facebook Page, Ray Comfort, is one of the few Christian social media forums where Christians and Atheists have daily conversations with each other.
Ray Comfort isn't the kind of Christian that shy’s away from a debate. In fact, he specializes in creating ways to start debates. “It's also important to know that I deliberately create a 'buzz.' I say things like 'Evolution stands in the way of the science of discovery, summed up in Einstein's 'I want to know how God created this world.' This brings them out in force, and gives us an opportunity to give sensible and biblical answers to their questions and objections."
In 2007 Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron were invited by Night Line to debate the existence of God with the RRS and more recently Comfort appeared on ‘The Atheist Experience’ in a debate with Matt Dillahunty and Russell Glasser, hosts of the Austin based Atheist web show.
"It suddenly dawned on me how Facebook is an incredible medium for the gospel. One of my posts was seen by 1.2 million people – many of whom are non-Christians," Comfort told The Christian Post via an email exchange. "Think of what it would cost and how much work it would take to have a Billy Graham-type crusade that reached 1.2 million people. But we can reach that many at no cost and with just a click of a keyboard button."
"Atheism is spreading like wildfire,” Comfort says, “and many are becoming militant in their attempts to have God removed from history, from the schoolroom, from the courtroom, and even from Christmas.They are deadly serious, and if we are serious, we need to engage them with the gospel."
Ray Comfort has been leading the charge of ‘active’ evangelism in the US for the last twenty years. He gained a lot of media exposure early in 2000 when movie star and 80’s teenage heart throb Kirk Cameron sought him out and joined his evangelism ministry, Living Water. The two men authored an evangelism training book together called, The Way of the Master. The two could be seen on most weekends engaging people on the streets in Southern California, encouraging conversations and debate on spiritual belief and the evidence of God.
Comfort went on to say, "The average Christian can't stand on a soapbox at a university and preach, but he or she can now engage the unsaved and have their comment read by multiple people, all from the comfort of their own home. It means that a stay-at-home mom can reach out to the lost during a break from the kids. It means that those who are busy at work can reach the unsaved during their lunch breaks."
Why have so many atheists become interested in his Facebook page? Comfort tells the Christian Post, "I guess they are bored with their godless life. Atheists aren't the intellectuals they think they are. They think there's no proof for the existence of God. They are like fish in the ocean saying that there's no proof that water exists. They make mindless statements, such as there's no evidence that Jesus Christ ever existed. I guess they don't know what year it is."
He believes many atheists have had false conversions because they have heard a false gospel and are bitter because "as far as they are concerned, Christianity didn't deliver its promises of a 'happy' life."
"The gospel we preach can change an atheist into a God-loving believer in a moment of time – if it's biblical," he said. "We need to stop saying 'God has a wonderful plan for your life,' and instead, do what Jesus did. He addressed the conscience of the sinner. He didn't offer a problem-free happy life. He offered tribulation, persecution, temptation, and He warned that the time could come when people will kill you thinking that they are doing God a favor. Along with those trials is the offer of everlasting life, which outweighs the pains."
Comfort tells anyone who would engage Atheists in debate to use a little caution and treat them with respect. "You will need a lot of patience because many show up as though they are God's intellectual gift to the world. They are extremely arrogant, very condescending, they say things that aren't true, and they use worn out arguments. My advice is to wait for a minute to calm down, and then show them love and respect. It is tempting to give a quick sarcastic reply, and that just adds fuel to their fire.”
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