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Mark Naylor M.Th.

“There is probably no God”

This is GREAT! A Canada-wide evangelism campaign organized and funded by atheist and humanist societies.  Atheist and humanist societies in Canada are following a similar move in England to post slogans on the sides of buses and in other locations, one of which reads, “There is probably no God.  Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.”

Perhaps you are not as excited about this as I am, as it is obviously intended to be an anti-religious campaign.  But consider the reality: perhaps the greatest stumbling block in our efforts to speak with people on a spiritual level concerning Jesus is the Canadian taboo about discussing religion.  Faith is a “private” matter.  To break down this barrier and engage people about the gospel is very difficult. How do we bridge the gap and initiate a significant conversation without being invasive? Well, good news! God has orchestrated a campaign, free of charge, to break through the barrier.

Please do not be offended at the slogan.  God isn’t threatened by it.  Instead, take advantage of the opportunity to ask people what they think of it.  They may give you opportunity to do the same.  I read about a Christian bus driver in England who refused to drive a bus with that slogan on the side, and the company is accommodating him.  He is following his conscience, and it is good that his position is being respected.   However, can you imagine the opportunity?  I think I would enjoy taking a poll with the people coming on the bus: “Do you agree or disagree with the slogan?”  I think that could start some great conversations.

having the issue raised publicly provides us the opportunity to speak

Think about the stimulating and helpful questions that arise from the slogan: “Is there less worry without God, or only less hope?”  “Can we truly enjoy life if there is no purpose or meaning to it?” “What kind of God do these people think probably doesn’t exist?” “If God doesn’t exist, do love and morals exist?”  We don’t need to have clever answers to these questions, but having the issue raised publicly by others provides us the opportunity to speak of our hope in a God of love who has revealed himself in Jesus.

This situation brings to mind a number of Bible verses. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Gen 50:20 TNIV) and “In the LORD’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him” (Prov 21:1 TNIV). Take advantage and enjoy your conversations.

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