Atonement Sermon Illustrations

Atonement Sermon Illustrations

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The Fool

"The fool bath said in his heart, There is no God"—Psalm 14:1.

An evangelist, E. L. Hyde, conducted some revival meetings in New Jersey, and in the course of his remarks said that he could prove to the satisfaction of any infidel within ten minutes that he was a fool. The next morning while walking, a gentleman accosted him very abruptly by saying, "Aren't you the evangelist preaching up here at the church?"

"Yes, sir."

"Well, I suppose you are a gentleman."

"I claim to be one."

"Well, I don't think you are one. Didn't you say last night that you could prove to the satisfaction of anyone within ten minutes that all infidels are fools? If you don't prove it to my satisfaction I will publish you in all the city papers as the most consummate liar that ever struck the city."

Seeing there was no possibility of reasoning with the man, Mr. Hyde said: "Where is your infidel?"

"I claim to be one," was the reply, "and I want you to know I am no fool either."

"You don't mean to say there is no reality in Christianity?"

"I do, sir. I have studied all phases of the subject, and have traveled and delivered lectures against Christianity for more than twelve years, and I am prepared to say there is nothing in it."

"You are certain there is nothing in it?"

"Yes, sir; there is nothing in it."

"Will you please tell me," said Mr. Hyde, "if a man who will lecture twelve years against nothing is not a fool, what in your judgment would constitute a fool?"

He turned away in a rage. Mr. Hyde, drawing out his watch, insisted he still had six minutes, but the infidel would not hear him, nor was Mr. Hyde published in the city papers.—Selected

When Chaff Fights Wheat

A Russian university in Leningrad is opened to "teach atheism." Three hundred students, forty-seven of them women, will prepare themselves for "active propaganda of militant atheism." It suggests a colony of ants on a railroad right of way organizing a university to prove that there is no such thing as an engineer.—Sunday School Times

An Atheist Speaks The Lutheran News Letter contains the following interesting item: "The French author, Lavredan, long known as an atheist, when confronted by the horrors of the World War made this gripping confession: `I laughed at faith and thought myself wise. Finally this laughter became hollow and vain for I saw France bleeding and mourning. What would become of France if her children did not believe, if her women did not pray? Oh, a people whose fields are covered with the dead! How difficult it is to remain an atheist on this national cemetery! I cannot! I cannot ! I have deceived myself and you who have read my book. It was a delusion, a giddiness, an evil dream. I see death and call for life. Hands equipped with weapons make death; folded hands bring life. France, turn back to faith! To forsake God means to be lost! I do not know whether I shall live tomorrow, but I must tell my friends, Lavredan is afraid to die an atheist. I am not afraid of hell, but the thought impresses me, God lives and you are so far from Him. Rejoice, my soul, that I have been permitted to experience the hour when, on my knees, I can say, I believe, I believe in God. I believe, I believe—that word is the main hymn of humanity. For him who does not accept it, it will soon be night."'—The United Presbyterian

An Atheist Convinced

A great astronomer, Athanasius Kirchner, desiring to convince an atheistic friend, procured a globe of the heavens, handsomely bestarred, and placed it in his study. The friend, coming in, asked whence it came and to whom it belonged. "Shall I tell you," replied Kirchner, "that it belongs to no one; that it was never made; and that it came here by chance?" "That is impossible," said the atheist, "you are joking." "Look !" answered the astronomer, "you instantly refuse to believe that this globe—a mere shadow of the mighty heaven it pictures —was never made, and arrived by chance. Yet the heaven it pictures you claim came without either design or Designer." The rebuke was used of the Holy Spirit to the conviction and conversion of the hearer.—Full Gospel Quarterly

Fooling Those Who were Robbed

An Illinois thief stole five hundred dollars worth of shoes, the entire stock of a store, and in addition played a trick on the dealer by leaving all the empty boxes, putting them back just where they belonged. One after another the customers arrived the next day, and the dealer pulled out box after box, only to find that each was empty. That was a unique theft, but something much like it takes place all the time in the spiritual world. For there are many thieves of faith, writers and speakers who make it their business to destroy belief in God, in Christ, in the Church, in religion. But they always leave the boxes. They always leave the shell of what they have taken, in order to fool people into thinking that they have taken nothing at all. But pull out the boxes, try to get any comfort and strength out of what they have left, and you will see that the theft has been complete.—Christian Endeavor World

If Modernist Were Banker

Now comes a wise editor and remarks: "A century ago the attitude toward the pagan religions was that they were all false, while Christianity alone was true. Now this classification of `true and false' is being given up by all careful students of religion, because the pagan religions teach some moral truths." Let the editor substitute coin for religion: "A century ago the attitude toward outside coins was that they were all false, while the mint coins alone were true. Now this classification of genuine and bogus is being given up by all careful students of numismatics, because all coins contain some true metal." The bank teller who reasoned that way would soon lose his position. No one says that truths in pagan religions are false, but the Christian says that the religions that contain them are spurious and powerless.—The King's Business

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