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An Atheist’s Surprising Response To Receiving A Bible (5-min video)

Penn Jilette

Who Is Penn Jillette?

Penn Jillette is a professional Las Vegas magician and outspoken atheist.

In this video he describes how someone came up to him after a show, introduced himself, engaged in conversation, and then gave him a Bible.

You’d think Penn Jillette would laugh — ignore him — not care.

That’s not what happened.

Watch the 5-minute video —



My Take-Aways

  • This is so simple — a humble, loving businessman cares enough to talk with Penn Jillette and give him a Bible.  Any of us could do this with anyone we know.
  • Penn Jillette was deeply impacted by this man.  He said: This guy was a really good guy.  He looked me right in the eyes.  He was polite, and honest, and sane.  And he cared enough about me to give me a Bible.  He was a good man.  He was a very, very, very good man.
  • Penn Jillette respects those who humbly seek to convert others.  He says — if I knew a truck was going to run you over, and you didn’t believe it — I’d tackle you.  And eternal life is much more important.  (Not that we tackle people.  But you get the point.)
  • He asks a convicting question — if you believe in heaven and hell, how much do you have to hate somebody to not tell them?
  • I don’t need to have a long-term relationship with someone in order to share the Gospel.  If I have genuine love and humility, I can tell anyone about Jesus Christ.  That’s what Paul did — he went to the marketplace and talked to whoever happened to be there (Acts 17:17).

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4 Responses

  1. Lorraine Kashdan says:

    Its great, it’s what we try to do as often as we can with people, often we don’t get to see the results but we feel so good following Gods direction. It doesn’t matter about the rejection you may get, you just pass on & speak to someone else. Before I was a Christian I knew so many Christians who I could see had a real faith but they never spoke about it, as a non-Christian I knew this was wrong although I wasn’t interested. I would have respected them for speaking out.

    So, in short – get ourselves out of the picture (because that’s what fear is) and remember the state from which you were called, namely death! This alone can motivate us to get out there & get sharing.

  2. arnulfo guerra says:

    Thank you Steve, your post helps a lot. None of us share the same path in life so our paths in faith will also be different , however none more important than the other.

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Arnulfo.

      And while our paths might be different, isn’t it encouraging that we can be united in trusting the One who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

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