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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

190- An Atheist and A Peasant

 

Some years ago, one of the educated people volunteered to wander from one city to another to spread his atheist thoughts amongst people. With his eloquence he could make the people question their faith in God. Considering this as retardation, the study of the Bible an ignorance, and the redemption through Jesus' blood as backwardness.

He saw a lot of people in a large hall at a certain city and he started talking to them with great eloquence. When he felt that he dominated the emotions and minds of the attendants, he announced proudly in front of all the crowds, "If God the almighty is present, let Him declare Himself by striking me dead quickly."

St-Takla.org Image: A woman, peasant, talking, praying صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: امرأة، فلاحة، في حالة خشوع، تتحدث

St-Takla.org Image: A woman, peasant, talking, praying.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: امرأة، فلاحة، في حالة خشوع، تتحدث.

Then he satirically commented, "Look there is no God."

Suddenly, a young peasant approached him and politely said, "Sir I cant stand against your logic. Youre educated but Im a humble uneducated peasant. But I ask you to answer a question which is confusing me, as youre so wise and knowledgeable."

With great pride, he said, "Ask."

She said, "Im a humble person who believes in Jesus Christ who loves me and died for me. My faith fills my heart with joy waiting for death in hope that Ill live again to be with Him. Sir, I ask you, "What shall I lose if I was surprised to find that there is no God or redemption or eternal life after I die?"

A great silence took place in the hall and the atheist lecturer said ironically, "You won't lose anything as after death, you won't stand in front of anyone and you won't ever exist!"

The peasant said, "Thank you sir, as you answered my question, will you allow me to ask another question only?"

She said, "When your turn in death comes, what would be your condition, if you discover that youre standing in front of God whom you are despising, and that the Bible is true and the redemption which you denied is a true fact?"

The atheist lecturer was silent while all the crowds were confused and suspicious regarding the false teachings of this atheist.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: مُلحد وسيدة فلاحة.

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+ You have given me a perception and discernment to recognize You.

+ Sanctify my soul to see You.

+ Let all see and rejoice in You.

+ Let all wait for the moment of meeting you.


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