"An atheist birthday party?" I asked, "what's that? Don't they invite believers? Why are you going?"
Hold on to that thought ... we'll come back to it later.
"As He and His disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!' ... ... ...
... ... ... And they called the blind man, saying to him, 'Take heart; get up, He is calling you.' So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, 'What do you want me to do for you?' The blind man said to Him, 'My teacher, let me see again.' Jesus said to him, 'Go; your faith has made you well.' Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way."
Note the insistence of the blind man. They tried to shut him out but he shouted even more until he met Jesus.
Jesus asked him, "What do you want me to do for you?"
He asked for his sight to be restored and regained his sight.
Imagine Jesus asking you the same question. "What do you want me to do for you?"
What would you reply? Would you request just one thing? Two? More? Or is it a long list of things you would like Jesus to do for you and your loved ones?
And how sure are you that Jesus would respond as He did to Bartimaeus, the blind beggar?
Are you certain of His response? A favourable response? In His way? In His time?
Or are you just asking in the hope that maybe ... perhaps ... one day ... who knows ... He may respond positively?
I have never met a hesitant atheist. They are always certain. They know there is no God, and that's that.
They don't say, "I believe there is no God; but then, maybe I'm wrong and there is one after all!"
Atheists are certain in their beliefs. Maybe we need to learn a lesson from them.
How certain are we in what we believe?