Hoping atheist Riley will one day be ‘brother in Christ’

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To the editor:
This in regard to Yossarian Riley, the atheist who wrote a letter to the editor in last week’s paper.
The atheist has written long-winded retorts expressing himself with engaging words, that are strongly opinionated, and in total opposition of a true and living God.
If there is no God, there would be no reason to exhaust oneself convincing others he does not exist. The only thing I have in common with him is that we are both wrapped in flesh and are fallen because of sin caused by our ancestors, which has been passed down from generation to generation.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. The wages of sin is death. This is why the only thing required of a Christian is to accept what Christ did at the cross, and ask him to come and live in their heart (soul) and he is just to forgive.
Nobody is escaping death, but all have hope for eternal life instead of a second death. Christ is the only one to offer himself a perfect sacrifice, and pay the debt of sin forever. There is nothing we can do of ourselves — no work, no kind word, etc. It is not about what looks good to others, it is about realizing who we are, sinners.
God said, “Be ye Holy for I am Holy” How can a corrupted man be holy? It is the gift of the holy spirit. Christ said he would come to fill us with his righteousness when he departed to sit at the right hand of the father. This is foolishness to one who is perishing, and one who is wise in his own eyes.
The atheist appears to have a heart because of his concern for the children who allegedly were murdered in Newtown, Conn. God cares, too. Don’t think for a moment that any child either from the womb or birthed in this world that has passed in an untimely manner doesn’t cause the Lord great anguish. Even when five sparrows are sold for 2 cents, not one is forgotten by the Lord.
Are any of us less important to him? The answer is no.  
God has a little flock, and he has chosen gladly to give his kingdom (Luke 12:32). I am blessed to be a part of that flock, no matter how small.
Only eight climbed onto Noah’s Ark. It is hard to imagine never seeing rain fall from the sky, and then one day it came, and Noah was obedient to God and worked hard to build it according to God’s plan. It was God who shut the door that day the waters rose where it was not possible for life to live outside the raging waters.
The atheist sounds like a bright, intelligent man.
Yet, even Solomon clothed himself in all his glory like the lilies of the field, which do not toil or spin.
We have been left with the comforter who longs to fill us with the understanding and love of God. While the door is open, the invitation awaits those who have not entered into the Ark of the Lord’s promises.
The Lord is who he claims to be, and my hope is to meet with the atheist, and hope someday to call him my brother in Christ.  
Cynthia Lynch