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And now for something completely different.

An atheist is offering to go to church. If someone will pay him, that is.

eBay has given rise to the sale of anything you can think of — from celebrity kidney stones to hot dogs from NFL playoff games — for the most ridiculous prices you can imagine. Now, an enterprising 22-year-old from Chicago is using an eBay auction to issue a challenge to proselytizers everywhere. His offer: to attend 1 religious service of the winning bidder’s choice for every $10 he is paid. He promises to attend said religious services with an open mind, and to learn as much as he can about the beliefs and practices of the associated faith system.

Thoughts, anyone, on how a sincere Christian ought to respond to this? I’m torn — on one hand, I’d like to be the winning bidder and have the privilege of influencing him with the Gospel. On the other, I can’t help but wonder if throwing a bunch of money at this guy to bribe him into going to church is wasteful. If he’s really open minded and willing to consider that atheism is false, I would think that the gravity of the associated questions and the value of having them answered would be motivation enough for him to just go to church of his own volition — without having to be bribed.

Well, there may be a way to have our cake and eat it too. I have an idea, but I’ll have to reflect and pray on it. Stay tuned.


aka The MonT-SteR