I was in a Christian bookstore. A guy who came in for coffee and worked with the owner was sitting… I did not know he was an atheists until we began to talk.
I did not know how to debate on the level you mention above. But some how GOD & science came up.
I said to the man… "I believe in GOD and science. I do not believe the Earth is only 7-10 thousand years old either, as some Christians say… I believe that the Earth is extremely old… The original languages of the Bible has deep scientific truths in it. Did you know that?.. I have a great book by a physicist you might want to take a look at… One would need to be open minded and you seem like a chap that would be open to facts. . (he looked speechless and stated he never heard a Christian say that,). Have you ever hear of RZIM? I said?
I continued, Sir, I was on the verge of death. … I had read various philosophies & even tried many non Christian practices including occultism… I even looked into the Richard Dawkins theory of Aliens". https://youtu.be/9AoRSXHMCJs …
I was very ill. And I was facing major surgery. I had a thought in my own helplessness, “GOD if you are real, it is me and you. I need help”.
Within a few days I heard a man on the radio who had gone to school to be a Dr. He stated on the air that his program had success in helping people with-various physical conditions and that they had medical evidence to back his claim and success from science based research. I decided to go to the program.
Sir, I was healed. I was at this class with about 150 other people. I was on major meds and I could hardly keep my eyes open. I heard only part of what they said., again by the end of that week I was healed. And not only that other people were healed… And they have documented proof of multiple cases of people healed.
I came to understand life is all about relationship, not religion, or lack there of. They referred to the Biblical Narrative and shared about GOD and Jesus. The people were loving and intelligent. They did not tell me what to think they simply shared their research.
My best thinking got me to where I was at. As a free thinker, I decided what could it hurt to hear another point of view? I hope you will consider that although you do not believe in GOD. HE BELIEVES in YOU & even loves you!! If it is okay I will be praying for you?
The man seemed surprised. He said I could pray. He told me he had never heard such a thing…
I ended by saying Sir, I know there is a GOD and that there is a Devil who blinds men from believing in the Truth of the Bible. What I have shared is not a myth but a reality. ( I got up to leave).
2Co_4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
1Jn_2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1Jn_4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
The shop owner and his wife continue to sow the gospel in this mans life. He has softened. We believe he will be saved in Jesus name.
One plants one waters but GOD gives increase.