The Atheist’s Bible Delight

                   Blessed is the man . . . . . . . . . .

                whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.

               He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season.’

                                                            Psalm 1:1-3

 

Last year I posted an article with the title ‘The Day the Atheist Asked for Prayer’. This was the story of an Atheist we will continue to call ‘Don’ who joined a Missional Community called ‘Coffee with Spirit’, and clearly an example of the work of the Holy Spirit.

To quote some of that post-

In the last few weeks the we have seen perhaps the most exciting thing. One week as the group met there was a man (we’ll call him ’Don’) sitting on a nearby table. Towards the end of our time one of the group members engaged him in conversation (It is part of our missional purpose to intentionally seek to talk to people sitting nearby). Don observed to our group member that he’d noticed the Bible on our table and asked what we were doing. That conversation didn’t go very far, but afterwards another member stayed behind and talked to the man for quite a while. It emerged that he was an atheist and had a lot of objections to, and problems with, Christianity.”

To cut that long story short, a few weeks later Don joined the group and only a few meetings after that was the occasion when he asked the group to pray for a sick friend of his! Not too often an atheist asks for prayer! Again, clearly a work of the Holy Spirit! But the story moves on.

Two weeks ago, at the time of writing, Don the ‘Atheist’ asked how he could get a Bible. So, one of the group offered to get him one which he gave to Don the following week.

As the Bible was handed over, and as he took it into his hands, the expression on Don’s face was wonderful to see! It was one of sheer pleasure, delight and excitement, as though, in this relatively inexpensive ‘book’, he had received some priceless gift (As indeed in a sense he had). This delight was again clearly a work of the Holy Spirit, and a great inspiration to the rest of the group.

This is the next stage in Don’s spiritual journey. However, it is important to note that it is a journey that would not have even started if a bunch of Christians had been meeting inside the ‘walls’ of a church building or someone’s lounge room, rather than in a public place where a ‘Connection’ with Don could actually take place. Here is an essential lesson for contemporary mission to today’s western society – Christians must meet, and regularly, where those without Christ regularly meet, and that is not in church buildings!

Praise God for the sheer joy the work of God’s Spirit has brought to ‘Don the Atheist’s’ life for-

Blessed is the man . . . . . . . . . .

whose delight is in the law of the Lord’

One thought on “The Atheist’s Bible Delight

  1. “Two weeks ago, at the time of writing, Don the ‘Atheist’ asked how he could get a Bible. So, one of the group offered to get him one which he gave to Don the following week.”

    You seem to think someone would believe that “Don” had no idea where to buy books or what a library is. That’s rather silly.

    As for the “law of the Lord”, does this mean the commandments/laws given in the Old Testament?

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