I would appreciate it if someone could offer me some advice on witnessing to an atheist friend of mine. We've known each other for a couple of years now, & have debated this subject numerous times in the past. They haven't even read the Bible yet, & my insistence thus far has been for them to read & study the Bible for all its worth if they are genuinely interested, because "Faith comes by hearing, & hearing by the Word of God." Since they've yet to do so & don't take any of my explanations as valid, I thought the Spirit must not be working, & decided to do as Jesus instructed: "If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them." (Bear in mind, this is simplifying our discussions quite a lot.) But the other day, because of a book they're apparently reading, we got in a discussion on philosophy, & I unwittingly fell into another intellectual argument. Below is a transcript of the dialogue that followed. I received an E-mail after this conversation from them, in which they insisted their same points stubbornly, apparently not understanding anything I've said, & calling me dishonest for disagreeing. My questions are, if you'd be gracious enough to read the AIM conversation: do you think I've gone about explaining the Truth soundly? And do you think I should continue this conversation, or would going about that be in violation of the aforementioned instruction by Jesus? Thank you very much & God bless. The conversation just began to loop at this point. Your thoughts?