What’s your faith? Do you believe… in God?
If you do… do you then consider yourself… an evangelist? How about, just a follower?
“How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible, and not tell them that?”
That’s what professional magician, comedian and outright atheist Penn Jillette believes. How do I know? Well let me ask you another question… do you believe in fate? Coincidence? Happenstance? Luck? What about destiny?
Call it what you want, but on the heels of Rabbi Darryl Weinberg’s captivating series of sermons on evangelism, and in particular, regarding the topics of Heaven and Hell in scripture, the message became all too clear.
If we believe, then we are absolutely obligated to share our faith.
And then… I came across this video, shot back I beleive, in 2010. A fan handed Jillette a Bible, after one of his shows, to which Jillette felt obligated to share his conversation, and feelings, with the world.
This video just showed up on my Facebook feed, out of nowhere… and no, cue mysterious coincidence-like music, I did NOT go looking for it!
While I definitely do not support his views on atheism… and he clearly doesn’t support my views on theism, we do find common ground. In his video, Jillette makes some very valid and poignant statements:
“I don’t respect people who don’t proselytize.”
“If you believe that there is a Heaven and Hell, and people could be going to Hell … and you think it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward… how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize?
“How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming at you and you didn’t believe it… there’s a certain point where I tackle you, and everlasting life is more important than that.”
Definitely worth the watch. He speaks rather respectfully of the young man who offered him the bible, and opens up in a way you might not expect. I respect that. A lot. And he’s right, too. If you have something that you KNOW could help someone else… why would you NOT share it?
Peace, love and respect.
Stephen J. Rosen