1/26/12 Alfred, about 24
Today I went with Micah (from church) to witness at a nearby college campus. In the student center we met Alfred, a graduate student from France who agreed to talk about his beliefs. Alfred's grandparents were Catholic and he had nominal involvement in their church, but he decided early that God doesn't exist because of all the evil in the world and, as Alfred put it, "God never did anything good for me". We talked for awhile about reasons for belief in God, and then about the implications if God does, indeed, exist. Much of our conversation focused on the sources of evil in the world and in our own hearts. Alfred said several times that he gets disgusted not just by the bad behavior of others but in himself. He could see that he can't even keep his own standards which, according to the Bible, comes from his God-given conscience. He agreed that though he knows better, his selfish desires often keep him from doing the right thing. He was beginning to see the connection between our own immoral choices and the problems in the world around us that he had blamed God for, and he was slowly taking responsibility for his sin. There was so much more I wanted to tell him - especially about Jesus - but I didn't want to mistake intellectual progress about biblical truths for spiritual progress such as conviction and repentence of sin. Alfred had already heard more than he could comprehend with his atheistic world view, and he had much to think about. I gave him a good book and my contact info should he want to talk further.