Teen Atheist

Most incarcerated minors who choose to attend Bible study are searching for God. They recognize they need help and want to turn their lives around.  But not all.

Jose came to Bible study and boldly stated,  “My religion is Atheism. I don’t believe in God, heaven or hell. If there is a God I don’t see why I need to worship Him or even know about Him.  If I’m wrong then I’m fine with it.”

Yet he had chosen to come to Bible study!  He listened politely at first, then became argumentative. The other guys and I tried to reason with him, but he held firm.

When class ended, Jose hung around. I spent 30 minutes listening to his story.
He’s angry. He’s plagued with nightmares.  At 17, he has a 3-year-old son he’s not allowed to see. He lives with his girlfriend and together they use and sell drugs.

He didn’t know why he had come to Bible study, but I do. He’s miserable and he’s searching. Yet he didn’t want me to give him a Bible, nor did he want me to pray with him. I ended our session by suggesting that he talk with God himself.  Just say, “God, if You are real, then show me!”

Perhaps you have a Jose in your life.  Let’s pray for those we know who need God and don’t yet recognize their need.  Let’s pray that God will reveal Himself in a tender, loving and convincing way—perhaps in a glorious dream, instead of a nightmare.

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[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

 

 

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Teen Atheist

  1. Liana says:

    Only our heavenly Father sees the true pain in a heart and only He can mend that brokenness.

    • Kathleen says:

      I once read that everywhere we go, everyone we see, is literally dying for one little drop of kindness. More and more I tend to believe this is true.

  2. Frank King says:

    He is in denial, but he is obviously not at peace with his current spiritual status because He came to Bible study. He needs peace with God through the Lord Jesus. I prayed for him before posting this comment.

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