Dear Atheist

Sunset 11-30-19
Photo by Ryan (Getting gas at 7-11 last night), Last Rocky Mountain sunset of November 2019

Good morning everyone and God bless you all as we begin December 2019!  I have been up since 5 a.m. reading blogs and chatting with friends here on WordPress.  One of the blogs I read this morning is written by an atheist.  She talked about atheist “nontracts” that she said were similar to the Gospel tracts Christians use to evangelize at times.  She discussed the contents of the atheist informational tracts and one of them was called, “Dear Christian.”  It is a tract that is supposed to challenge the Christian’s beliefs and “open” the Christian’s mind to “free thinking.”  I found it very interesting, but there is just one thing, man’s philosophy cannot answer the truth of the spiritual realm that is found in God’s Word.  No amount of philosophy will ever change what I have lived through!

I have posted comments to the atheist’s blog in the past, but she never approves my comments or responds.  I am assuming that is because she has no answer and my testimony really freaks her out.  What do you do when you are an atheist who encounters a guy who used to be an atheist, but he isn’t anymore because of the intense spiritual events he lived through?  What do you do when that guy preaches the Gospel to you and tells you all about the spiritual events he lived through?  What happens is you are confronted with the truth and you have a choice to make.  You can dismiss what I tell you and think I’m crazy and ignore me, but the fact remains that these events happened to me and my family whether you believe it or not.  What is crazy is fighting God with your mind as you try to act more intelligent than God with your human philosophy.  Man’s philosophy leads to spiritual bondage, not freedom.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

Man’s philosophy is slave thinking, not free thinking.  Here is the comment I left under the atheist blogger’s post.  She did not post my comment on her blog and she did not respond.  This could be called, “Dear Atheist.”

Interesting.  I used to hate God and I hated Christians.  Let me ask you this, what happens when all your philosophy gets blown away when God opens your eyes to the spiritual realm?  When I was in 8th grade (back in 1991), we moved into a house that we soon found out was possessed by a demon.  We suffered poltergeist torment the entire 4 years I was in High School and it changed our lives forever.  Lights going on and off at random, our dog getting kicked out of thin air, my sister waking up one night to a dark figure standing in the corner of her room, it made a breathing noise in my left ear, took clothes out of my parent’s closet and laid them over my Dad while he slept, crayon marks all over the walls and high ceilings, it knocked framed art off the walls, it lit a candle in my sister’s room, and many other terrifying things it did to us…for the entire 4 years.

I ended up coming to Jesus my freshman year in college at the age of 18 (1996) and I went home that Christmas break and rebuked the demon out of our house in the Name of Jesus.  I have been following Jesus and preaching the Gospel ever since. Philosophy is an endless circle of dialogue that never gets anywhere and won’t save your soul.  We all need a Savior and His Name is Jesus.  I didn’t want to believe it either and I used to get real mad whenever Christians would preach to me.  Living in a haunted house and being terrorized night and day for 4 years changed all that.

My life continued to be supernatural after I accepted Christ and in the summer of 1998 I had two encounters with angels in Denver.  14 years later in 2012 I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  I ate a sandwich on oat bread on 4-28-2012 and went into anaphylaxis for the first time in my life.  The torturous pain lasted all day and that night I went into anaphylactic shock and stopped breathing.  I died for a short time, left my body, and I was with Jesus.  I did not see Him, but He walked over to me and said, “It’s okay.”  I was at perfect peace and there was absolutely no pain.  I came back in my body in the powerful wind of the Holy Spirit and my wife witnessed the entire miraculous event as she was praying over my body.

I am 41 now and I have been following Jesus and preaching the Gospel for 23 years now.  All I can tell you is Heaven and hell are real and people better make the right choice.  God and His angels are very real and so are Satan and his demons. Your philosophy does not hold up to the Truth of God’s Word and it never will.  Maybe someday He will have to show you the spiritual realm and prove it to you like He did for me.

I published my testimony on Amazon.  It’s called, “One Man’s Very Strange Supernatural Life.”  If you would like a free copy of my eBook, please contact me and I will send you one directly from Amazon.

God bless you,

Ryan Callahan

You could be an atheist philosopher and talk in circles until you are blue in the face, and nothing you say would ever change the Truth God has revealed to me!  I hated God, Christians, and the Bible, until God showed me it was all true.  I am a living testimony and witness that God exists, Jesus exists, the Holy Spirit exists, and so do angels, demons, Heaven, and hell, and no amount of atheist questioning is ever going to change that Truth!  I am free in Jesus and I give Him praise for saving my soul!

We are all sinful and we all need a Savior.  You can try and fight it and hate God, but you will lose in the end.  I often wonder if I would have accepted Jesus had I never lived in that house in High School.  I don’t know, but it definitely sent me running to Him much faster!

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Romans 3:23-24

The philosophy of man is just an endless circle of questions that are never answered.  It goes on and on with no definitive answers because it is man’s attempt to understand himself without our Creator and it will fail every time.  It is man’s attempt to define right and wrong without addressing the problem of sin, and it will fail every time.  It is man’s attempt to find meaning in life without believing in and loving God, and it will fail miserably every time.  We were created to be known and loved by God, but sin corrupted our flesh.  We cannot understand ourselves, what is right or wrong, or find true meaning in life without God!  Without God we are lost, poor, weak, naked, and blind.  Every atheist will find that out when they take their last breath.

“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

Jesus speaking in Revelation 3:17

Jesus Christ is alive and I am a living testimony of that Great Truth!  He has rebuked a demon through me, He has shown me His mighty angels, He was right there with me when I died in 2012, and He put me back in my body and brought me back to life by the power of the Holy Spirit!  We receive His salvation by faith and I pray in His Holy Name that everyone would accept Jesus before it is too late!

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

Jesus loves you!  Jesus died for you to forgive your sins and set you free from sin and death!  I am warning you that without faith in Jesus, you will die in your sins and pay for them yourself in eternity!  Receive Jesus by faith and you will be forgiven and receive eternal life!

Grace and peace to you all!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16-18

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Jesus speaking in John 5:24

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus speaking in John 6:40


Author: Ryan Callahan

Hello, and welcome to my site! I am an independent Christian author (One Man's Very Strange Supernatural Life), blogger, and evangelist for Jesus. My main goal with this blog is to help people come to know Jesus, help people understand the Bible, and to minister to a lost and hurting world. This site is about hope, new beginnings, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love! I'm glad you are here, God bless you! Copyright © 2020 Ryan Callahan. All rights reserved.

43 thoughts on “Dear Atheist”

  1. Ryan, what a powerful testimony! Did your parents/family come to know the Lord as well? Thank you for sharing your experience – according to the Bible, this truly is how we overcome: by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of our testimony. Blessings!

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  2. I was reading Corinthians this morning. When the Lord calls us and we accept him, these words strike us as clear as water, but they sound foolish to the ones who haven’t been called yet or accepted Him (as was also my case for 15 years of official atheist and another 18 of not knowing who God was thanks to a blinding religion):

    18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say,

    “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
    and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

    20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.

    24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles,[f] Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.

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  3. I do pray any atheist who reads your strong testimony will have a change of heart and will be blessed with God’s light! Your words are spoken with a deep understanding, Ryan, and God’s truth. A man’s philosophy without God is just an endless circle. I do hope your message here puts a fire in their belly to seek Jesus, which will change their life forever and for eternity. Amen, Ryan. Jesus is our Savior, Praise God!

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  4. I know, so very true, Ryan. When I was reading your list of things that went on with us, I found myself letting out a deep breath that I had been holding without realizing it, and then I recalled how frightened I was (a number of times) being awakened from the sound of a bouncing basket ball out in our drive way…a sound your Dad would also hear. Praise God for the power of the Holy Spirit he gave to us.!

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  5. Those who don’t have the Holy Spirit have only their limited, finite minds to reason with. I was the same before I became a Christian and God gave me true understanding. And then it seemed I could ‘see’ everything! The lights were on for the first time in my life and I was amazed at all I saw. Everything made sense and I immediately knew that my theories of reincarnation, etc. were completely off-base and that the Bible truly was God’s word to a dying world.

    But it was as impossible for me to be saved as it was for you and is for your atheist friend. I too hated anything to do with Christianity. I believed there was a God, but my idea of Him didn’t line up with the Bible. It wasn’t until God grabbed hold of me -apart from my will or desire- and began breaking down my defenses toward Him. And not one other person said a word to me about Jesus. It was 100% God working in my heart and life.

    These people who say God won’t violate your free will are dead wrong. He violated my free will to save my soul from eternal hell and I am forever grateful. If you had a child that didn’t know any better and was insistent on pulling away from you into oncoming traffic, or off the side of a cliff, or putting something dangerous into its mouth… would you not violate that child’s free will, grip their hand tighter and steer them in another direction? Or would you let them go to their death in the name of free will?

    I say this to say, God can reach her if He chooses, regardless of what she thinks she knows to be true. It may not be pretty, as in your case of supernatural demonic activity, but He is able and willing to do whatever it takes to reach those who belong to Him, regardless of what they think or believe. So don’t stop reaching out or praying for her until God tells you to stop. Who knows what He may have in store for her life?!

    God bless you, brother. I hope you have a wonderful day in Christ.

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  6. I had an atheist try to tell me that God knowing in advance what choices we will make and the consequences of them removes our free will, or another who thought that because some Biblical manuscripts have minor scribal errors, therefore the Scriptures can’t have been divinely inspired.
    There is no reasoning with some.

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  7. Hi, I am an atheist and I have an answer to one question you posed. “What do you do when you are an atheist who encounters a guy who used to be an atheist, but he isn’t anymore because of the intense spiritual events he lived through?”
    My answer is simple, their personal testimony is not enough to convince me of their claim. If there is a god out there who revealed him/herself to this person, then that god has the power to reveal him/herself to me and should not expect me to believe based on someone else’s testimony. Surely any being worthy of the label ‘God’ should know that ‘personal revelation is strictly first-person, to anyone else its hearsay.’

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    1. Hi Maxwell, good to meet you. Thank you for taking the time to answer. Yes, I have heard other atheists say that. All I can say is I pray God reveals Himself to you. But are you sure you want Him to reveal Himself in that way? Be very careful what you ask for brother. He might just have to show you just like He showed me. My personal testimony is not hearsay. It happened, whether you believe it or not. You can choose to dismiss it, but it’s the truth. My job is to tell the world in order to help people come to faith who haven’t had these experiences. God bless you.


  8. So powerful!! Love your wisdom here..I question my intelligence level too much to feel bold enough to share or talk in this faith is strong, it’s just a lack of confidence I guess…beautifully written!!…no doubt your message to this woman has caused her to ponder…❤️🙏

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    1. Thank you Alicia, all glory to God! It is hard talking with atheists at times, but the Lord will always give us the words to say. I pray the Lord opens her mind and heart and she comes to know Him! God bless!

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