Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Day 280- Ultimate Cause

I approached a man today who told me that he had some "interesting" beliefs that do not have anything to do with the "Christian God." I asked if he would share his beliefs and he told me a story of the time that he found a dollar bill on the ground.

Man: Christians would tell me that god had placed that dollar bill on the ground, but I would disagree. I believe that it just fell out of someone's pocket.

Me: So you believe in natural laws such as cause and effect that deny a supernatural god, correct?

Man: Yes.

Me: Why did the dollar bill fall out of someone's pocket? What was the ultimate cause?

Man: I don't know. It could have been because someone gave him a dollar and he didn't place it in his pocket properly.

Me: Why did someone give him a dollar?

Man: I don't know, but it didn't have anything to do with god.

Me: (pointing to a tree) Why is this tree here?

Man: Because someone wanted it there.

Me: That's true, but there had to be a beginning. Something does not come from nothing. God has provided creation for all of us to see and the ultimate cause is because there is a creator. Things do not just happen without a reason.

Man: That's a good point. I never thought about it like that.

I shared the gospel with this man and invited him to stop by anytime. He was walking past my home when I stopped him with a gospel tract. After we had talked for a considerable amount of time he asked, "Do you know how to get to _____?" I said, "Yes. It is one street over. You went too far." My new friend who began the conversation believing in only natural laws replied, "Interesting. I believe this happened for a reason."

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