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Jesus said, "Do not resist an evil person. If someone forces you to go with you one mile, go with him two miles, and if someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other. Give to everyone who asks of you, and do not turn away the one who would borrow from you."
If we, as Christians, did this with atheists, until they had the solely law-based life they want, God would make Himself manifest anyway. Let them have their way. Let us believe what we believe, and let them believe what they believe.
Jesus also said, "I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father save by me," and, "No one comes to the Son lest the father first draw them."
When God begins to work among the atheists, they will convert. Human strength is nothing in evangelical affairs. Our Christian faith has in many ways become far too public. Atheists aren't altogether wrong anyway. In many ways, they are more godly in nature than most religious zealots and hypocrites. They will convert when we stop throwing God in their face and start letting go and letting God.
There is an old Jewish proverb: "Make sure there is food on your own table before your go feeding the world." And the old adage states, "People who live in glass houses ought not throw stones." Remember that Jesus taught, "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites who love to stand on street corners to be seen by men. Rather, go into your room, close the door and pray to Him who is unseen. Then, He who sees what is done in secret will reward you." God will come through for us when we come through for him. Jesus advocated/advocates private religion, not public showings of faith. Let's get off of the backs of atheists and respect their rights: give them their way, and when God wants to make himself known to them, He will.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, it says. We're to, according to St. Paul, make the faith attractive to outsiders. Do kindnesses to atheists. Let's not browbeat them. "Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of Christ."
O backslider, be cast down, but do not despair. Wanderer though thou hast been, hear what thy Redeemer saith-"Return, O backsliding children; I will have mercy upon you." But you say you cannot return, for you are a captive. Then listen to the promise-"Surely He shall deliver thee out of the snare of the fowler." Thou shalt yet be brought out of all evil into which thou hast fallen, and though thou shalt never cease to repent of thy ways, yet He that hath loved thee will not cast thee away; He will receive thee, and give thee joy and gladness, that the bones which He has broken may rejoice. No bird of paradise shall die in the fowler's net.
67: Then said Jesus unto the twelve,
Will ye also go away?