October 25, 2016

Why you Should Watch The Atheist Delusion by Ray Comfort

by Jordan Standridge

the-atheist-delusion-dvd_3d-1Ray Comfort recently released a new movie, “The Atheist Delusion” which is free on YouTube. The movie is an hour long and is a response to Richard Dawkins’ famous book The God Delusion.”

The movie’s description states:

Having to prove the existence of God to an atheist is like having to prove the existence of the sun, at noon on a clear day. Yet millions are embracing the foolishness of atheism. “The Atheist Delusion” pulls back the curtain and reveals what is going on in the mind of those who deny the obvious. It introduces you to a number of atheists who you will follow as they go where the evidence leads, find a roadblock, and enter into a place of honesty that is rarely seen on film.

The Atheist Delusion is a mix of interviews on college campuses, television clips, beautiful sceneries and more.  There is a great structure to the movie and it progresses nicely to a final goal. It is tremendously interesting and it really does a good job of keeping interest throughout. It would be a fantastic movie to watch with the family, the youth group, Bible study or even the entire church. There are several reasons why watching movies like these are great for believers, here are some that come to mind.

It glorifies God

This movie encourages the watcher to be amazed by God and his creative power. It continually glorifies God and His beauty.  It is very informative about how the world is designed, how the body works and how the mind rejects Him despite the fact that He is so obvious. It causes confidence in the believer, and it evokes praise in their heart to the Lord. It also makes the believer thankful to the Lord for salvation and it pushes the believer to long for heaven. All this glorifies the Lord.

It’s encouraging to believers

I believe that ultimately apologetics ends up being more for believers than for unbelievers. What I mean is that God saves people not through evidence but through the preaching of the Word. Archaeological discoveries, scientific discoveries, and movies like these, can’t convince an unbeliever only scripture can (Romans 10:17) but it can have a great effect on the believers confidence in the Bible. In turn that believer is encouraged and more likely to share the Gospel. 

It shows that atheists aren’t as confident as they let on

Talking to an atheist can be intimidating, they seem so certain about their position, they throw science at you as if it proves evolution and Christians run away scared. This movie and others like this really have a way of giving confidence to believers. Movies like these show that atheists, and really all unbelievers, have so much doubt and are on time to time they rethink their “certainties”. There is no such thing as an atheist, and the Bible is completely true when it says that the fool says in his heart that there is no God (Ps. 14:1) and  when it says that all people know God exists but suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18).

It teaches you to ask good questions

Ray comfort is a master of asking questions. We all know how to lead someone to Christ. As many preachers have said, if you know enough to get to heaven you know enough to help someone else get there. What we are not very good at is asking good questions. Ray Comfort really does a great job of making people think and he does it by asking great questions.

It encourages evangelism

I can’t write a blog post without mentioning evangelism. This whole movie is about sharing the gospel, and to do so confidently. The movie has the effect of not only making the believer more confident in the truth found in Scripture, but it makes talking to atheists less intimidating. Everyone thinks about eternity. Everyone knows death is around the corner, and we all know that we have serious issues when it comes to our sin. Movies like these tend to remind the believer that people don’t have life figured out, and when you can get them away from others who encourage them in their unbelief, you find that you can have very profitable conversations with even the staunchest of atheists.

I highly encourage you to watch this movie and to share it with your families, and churches. I am very thankful for Ray Comfort and how the Lord has used him to encourage thousands of Christians to be confident in the Bible and to be motivated to share the Gospel.

Jordan Standridge

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Jordan is a pastoral associate at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA, where he leads the college ministry. He is also the founder of The Foundry Bible Immersion. You can find his personal blog at surrender.us.
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  • Ira Pistos

    My wife and I bought this digitally a while back, and determined to buy several DVDs as well. We counted it as a donation to Ray’s ministry as well as allowing us to share the hard copy with people.

    Jordan, your assessment of the movie, and apologetics in general, mirrors mine.
    I’ll add that this is a quality production because Ray managed to present potentially cumbersome concepts in an engaging manner with clarity.

    I highly recommend it.

    • Jordan Standridge

      Thanks Ira!

  • Kimmo Sundqvist

    The reality-TV’ish presentation was a pain to watch, so I quit at the 20 minute mark. I mean, if it takes that long to state five sentences worth of subject matter, I am sure it will not reach any unheard of heights during the latter ten it still has left to go.

  • His quotes grossly misrepresent atheists and science. Quoting the Bible is meaningless and a waste of time. Saying that atheists know there is a god is an outright lie. I haven’t watched the movie and I won’t because Ray Comfort is scientifically ignorant and dishonest. Oh I’m an atheist and I don’t know a god exists especially the god described in the Bible with all it’s ridiculous stories!!!!

    • Kimmo Sundqvist

      Well. The movie is not, in fact, made to convince any atheist. It is made to convince the average American hamburger theology dog and pony show Christian that the atheists are wrong, while allowing him to giggle nervously, kill time and adore this Comfort guy.

      I assume you are only interested in venting, so I won’t try to convince you either. But you should keep in mind that it is impossible for you to say that a story is ridiculous if you have zero understanding of its intended meaning.

      • I spent 20 years studying and reading the Bible don’t tell me what I do and don’t understand. I was a fundamentalist Christian for over 30 years and please don’t use the No True Scotsman Fallacy. The Bible is full of ridiculous stories. People living to over 800 years old, talking snakes and donkeys, a man living in the belly of a whale for 3 days, a woman never having sex having a god child, a deity that is one yet 3 separate people, a global flood we know didn’t happen, I could go on but I won’t lol

        • Noah D. Roberts

          So you prefer the story of the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything; that the mind-boggling amounts of precise information contained in EVERY living cell on the planet that is necessary to determine what that cell will eventually divide into and become from the moment of conception is just random, accidental chemical interactions that somehow randomly combined millions of times over in just the exact ways necessary to produce incredibly complex organisms, even the simplest of cells. And yes, I too could go on and on. I find your position to be counter-intuitive, scientifically impossible, and, as you say, ridiculous.

          In all honesty, Iike you, I have studied the Bible for decades. I was once also an atheist who mocked people who believed the Bible I thought I knew so well. But when I was challenged to look at the evidence for my belief system versus Christianity, I started to have doubts. I didn’t need to be sure that every story of the Bible was true for me to come to saving faith in Christ. I needed to believe in the resurrection, which was the hardest thing of all. However, over a couple years of fighting against the idea, but trying to research it as honestly as I could, the evidence for it historically became overwhelming. I looked at every possible way out of it, and nothing else made sense of the evidence. From there, most of the other stories fell into place, although certainly not all. I still don’t think that some of them necessarily have to. But I now know, to some degree at least, what is meant by the offer of an abundant life by faith in the one who is the fountain of living water and the bread of life. I wouldn’t trade this profound peace, happiness, and satisfaction for anything this world has to offer. Sin makes promises to satisfy me that it can not keep. I have superior promises in God, and they are always kept. Don’t settle for inferior, short-term pleasures that can not satisfy your deepest longings as a human being.

          In any case, as a natural-born skeptic of just about everything, I would highly recommend that you examine your reasons for not watching this video. I suspect that you may very well be surprised by it.

          • Scientific impossibility? Um you obviously have not done much reading. You are using the Kalam argument which has already been debunked. You have a personal relationship with a dead Jewish carpenter? No you don’t. You have a warped view of personal and relationship. You’re skeptical and a critical thinker and you accept it on blind faith? You are a very dishonest person. I don’t care what you believe. There is no evidence of the god of the Bible. Honestly I don’t care if there is a god. I’ll play your stupid dishonest game even if you could prove the god of the Bible existed I would acknowledge his existence but I wouldn’t worship him because “he” though imaginary is evil and morally bankrupt.
            Thank you I’m done

          • Jane Hildebrand

            Wow, hate to be you. Thanks for giving me one more reason to be grateful that I’m a Christian.

          • Henri

            You are going to have to make a decision. Soon.

          • Says who? You? Your Bronze Age book of contradictions and lies? I can make unfounded assertions as well watch. One day you will stand before Zoraster. See how that works? Please stop quoting that crappy unproven book it’s not evidence it is irrelevant.

          • Henri

            Yawn.

        • Jason

          The “No True Scotsman Fallacy” accusations in these discussions are always hypocritical. The scriptures specifically address the conditions of being considered a believer (for instance, you are exempted explicitly by 1 John 2:19).

          You are choosing to define “believer” in a way other than the official definition found in scripture for the sake of making your case. It is not so different from the man who accuses a British citizen residing in Scotland of not being a Scotsman because of some subjective perspective of what a “Scotsman” is.

          • Ira Pistos

            An evangelical atheist, and their numbers are increasing dramatically, does not proselytize for their faith with facts as a general rule.
            They rely, in my experience, upon a doctrine of blind faith of the same sort that they rail against.

            They’ve a predetermined narrative that they’ve been taught to think to counter a fictitious construct of caricature and straw.

            They unwittingly preach the veracity of the very word they rage against.

      • Benders

        What is an “American hamburger theology dog”?

        • Jane Hildebrand

          I suspect he means a pick and choose, make it my way theology (American hamburger) resembling a performance for commercial ends (Dog and pony show). In other words, Christianity TBN style.

    • Lyndon Unger

      Welcome to the Cripplegate Cajun.

      Simple question: if you haven’t watched the movie, how do you know he grossly misrepresents atheists and science?

      Were you suggesting that was “in general” or in the movie?

      • I have watched numerous videos by him and in every case he has been intellectually dishonest, scientifically ignorant and arrogant for a man that is not a scientist but an apologist. Funny how the Abrahamic religions need apologetics? We don’t have gravity apologists or biology apologists. Something that is suppose to be so obviously true with a all powerful deity behind it needs defending. Oh and I could care less what some Bronze Age book says that was written by tribal goat herders then translated then rewritten then retranslated then added to and so on. I don’t give the Quran any special thought and I won’t the Bible both are ridiculous books!

        • Lyndon Unger

          “We don’t have gravity apologists or biology apologists…”

          Yes, yes we do. There are tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people who explain how gravity and biology work to those who don’t understand gravity and biology.

          We also have apologists for people who believe wildly inaccurate things, like the Bible was written by tribal goat herders.

          That’s simply untrue and is a common myth.

          Ancient near eastern folks may have herded goats, but not tribal goats; goats don’t travel in tribes.

          • lol I know goats don’t have tribes I was talking about the people being tribal. The people were tribal. The Old Testament was written by Bronze Age goat herders. The New Testament wasn’t much better. Oh and please provide a link for gravity apologists. I googled it and nothing came up. I have a feeling you’re making crap up or lying which is on of those commandments you’re suppose to follow.

      • This will be my last comment on this post and blog so all the Christians can rejoice! I don’t not argue with adults that believe in alien abductions or astrology or Lizard people or a flat Earth I will not argue with adults that have imaginary friends either Christians or Muslims. So I will apologize because by arguing with you I give your ridiculous beliefs validity and credence.

        • Jane Hildebrand

          Oh no, don’t apologize! Your arguing definitely gave our beliefs validity and credence to the extent we are even more grateful we are Christians so we don’t have to have the kind of anger and bitterness you’ve got going on. #hatetobeyou

        • Lyndon Unger

          Okay! I haven’t even responded yet…but alien abductions, astrology and Lizard people?

          I can see why you left Christianity if you think that has anything to do with…well, anything.

          • It was an analogy. I know they don’t have anything to do with Christianity duh! I don’t take Christianity anymore seriously than I do those things. Because they are all baseless claims with no scientific evidence.

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  • Lyndon Unger

    I’ll risk a possible beheading and say that I’m not a fan of Ray Comfort, especially when it comes to his attempts at apologetics. Still, I watched around 40 minutes of this movie and was surprised that it was as decent as it is.

    It definitely has a few rhetorical points that are worth being aware of, and Ray’s presentation style is worth paying attention to and attempting to learn from.

    • Ira Pistos

      No beheading Lyndon 🙂

      I expect that I’d agree with many of your qualms, though I think he provides a valuable service. Obviously there’s a lengthy explanation for my thoughts.

      You bring up an important topic here. Comfort and other apologists wield a great deal of influence and their relative merits, strengths and weaknesses are worth a blog post and conversation.

    • Karl Heitman

      Off with your head!!!

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  • chrisleduc1

    I loved seeing presuppositional apologetics being put into practice. And not only were they put into practice, but the reason that method is necessary was also clearly shown. Like him or not, Ray is one of the greatest evagelists of our age.

  • Peter_Rowney

    Any adult who is convinced by the old watchmaker argument used in this movie ust be utterly deluded.

    this movie has done more to humiliate creationists than anything else. You only have to read the youtube comments to see how utterly unconvincing it is to anyone with a decent education and basic science knowledge.

    America is fast becoming the laughing stock of the entire world, and Ray Comfort and Ken Ham are just making things worse.

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