The Elevator Story
Imagine you are out for a walk in a city very early on a Sunday
morning There streets are empty and the city is quiet.
As you pass a construction site where they are building a new
skyscraper you notice a van with words on the side that say "Acme
Elevator Testing Company." You look toward the skeleton of
the building and, way up high near the top of the building, you
can see the elevator starting to come down.
As your eyes follow the open elevator shaft you notice a small
girl playing in the sand at the bottom of the elevator shaft. You
immediately realize the danger. The little girl has no idea that
the elevator is being tested and she is about to be killed.
What would you do?
Would you say, "It's none of my business. The construction
site is private property and I don't belong there." And then
continue on your walk.
Or would you call out, "Little girl run! The elevator is coming
down! Danger! You are about to be killed!" And run over to
the building and pull the girl out from under the descending elevator?
Of course, you'd run over and save the little girl. Anyone would
Then I explained to the young atheist that this was what I was
doing. He was under the elevator, but was totally unaware of the
danger. I was there to warn him of the danger. Warn him about the
coming death and God's eternal wrath.
He looked right at me and said, "I understand. This makes
sense." I then shared the gospel with him explaining that because
he had broken God's law he faced the just penalty, and it is the
death penalty. Just like the little girl under the descending elevator,
he was unaware of the danger, but that did not mean the danger did
not exist. His ignorance of his impending death did not mean it
was not coming.
I then explained how Jesus died to pay the penalty he owed for
breaking God's law.
Although he said he understood, and it made sense to him, he did
not accept Jesus as his savior that evening. But a seed was planted.
Although some atheists do get upset, I've found most to be reasonable
and kind people. Many atheists understand Christianity better than
Christians seem to, and as a result have little respect for Christians
who don't share the gospel.
To the right is a YouTube video made by Penn Jillette. Penn is
half of the famous magic duo Penn & Teller. He is a very strong
and outspoken atheist, but he understands the importance of sharing
If you can't see the video here, this is the link to it on YouTube.