the usual...an athiestic classmate in school
i have read many of the posts on this website about this topic; however, this guy is different. i have made it clear to him from the beginning that i am doing this for his benefit and that if he is not willing to learn, i will not waste my time with him. he claims that he is willing to learn; however, from what he says and the way he does not accept anything i say, it seems that he is not willing to learn. when i first found out he was an athiest, i didn't say anything, i only started speaking up when i found out that he was talking to others about his beliefs.
the reason i think there is hope with him and that he is different from other athiests is that he comes from a catholic family. it's like he was on the train tracks but he just shifted off a bit and i feel if i don't do anything about it, he will stray off and never return. i feel he just needs a push to get back on the track.
he claims that all he needs is evidence. now there is evidence (i think) that i got from other posts on this site; however, i feel that if someone's faith is built on evidence, it's not really faith. i told him the story of Thomas and how Jesus told him "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed". through this story (correct me if i am wrong) i told him that if you want evidence, God can give you evidence but you will be blessed if you believe without seeing. is this ok?
he thinks that all of the Bible is just a big hoax. he thinks God is just an idea. he related the Gospel to him telling me that there is a monster in his backyard and that i can't see it because it only reveals himself to him. he is saying that i will not believe him unless he gives me evidence. now, i am lost as to whether it is ok for faith to be built on evidence. Because St. Paul's faith was kind of built on evidence and he had amazing faith.
also, he told me not to worry about him since i mentioned that i am doing this for his benefit, this clearly shows that he is not willing to learn.
how do i respond to someone like this, do i just point him to sources and leave him? or...
all your input is greatly appreciated and sorry for the long post
please pray for him and my weakness