Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: Some Questions For the Atheist

by | Jan 23, 2023 | Bible Study, Church & Ministry, Faith, Spirit-Led Living, Spiritual Warfare

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This article is directed to the atheist, the unsaved person who rejects God and the Bible, anyone who gives no thought to the afterlife or the very creation they live upon and within.

Why do you think a Christian cares about your future? Why do they try to talk to you about Jesus Christ and the Bible? What do they have to gain? Why do they stand on street corners, pass out Bible tracts and share the way to be saved with boldness and fervency? Why do they subject themselves to insult with people like you who mock them?

I can tell you why. It‘s only because the love of God compels them. They know where you are going when you die, and they are trying to warn you before it’s too late. They are trying to save you from choosing the wrong path that surely leads to destruction and eternal anguish. Think about it. Why else would someone subject themselves to your ridicule and rejection?

God loves you and He doesn’t want you to go to hell. That same love God has for you resides in the heart of a Christian.

What exactly are you basing your personal beliefs on? Is it your opinion? Is it what you have allowed others to convince you of? What is their foundation? What merit or credibility do they have to influence where you will go when you die? If you haven’t taken the time to investigate the Bible and salvation through Jesus Christ, then you have made a grave mistake in negligence to research where you will spend eternity.

Here are some important questions for you:

How could the human body have formed over eons of time, when all organs must function together for life to exist?  Think about it. If the heart was fully formed, but the lungs were not, what would happen? What about the heart beat and our breathing? If they were not involuntary muscles working in union, then man would stop breathing and his heart would stop beating when he fell asleep. Knowing this, how could anyone possibly believe the human body evolved over time?

What about the miracle of birth? How could life develop so perfectly in the womb?  How could all parts of the body form at the right moment, not requiring air until birth, yet be alive and functioning in the womb? That requires design, wisdom, timing and a miracle!

What about symmetry in the body? How would that occur if just by random chance?

What about the eyes, placed at just the exact distance from each other in order to achieve the perfect depth perception?

What if man had developed only one eye?

It was Charles Darwin who said in his book, “The Origin Of Species” page 217: “To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”

In the book, “From Ape To Man,” by Herbert Wendt, Darwin was also quoted as saying, “I have asked myself whether I may not have devoted my life to a fantasy…I…am ready to cry with vexation at my blindness and presumption.”

Let’s talk about earth. Consider the earth’s rotation period of 24 hours. This is the perfect length of time to support life. If daylight were longer than 12 hours plant life would burn up. If night were longer it would become too cold and kill the vegetation. How is it that seawater when evaporated is distilled in the clouds, so the rainwater won’t contain salt, which would kill the plant life?

What about the vast oceans not crossing their boundary onto the land?  The shoreline should vary greatly considering the enormous bodies of water affected by evaporation and rainfall yet the oceans remain in the same place year after year. This is because God commanded the oceans not to move (Job 38:11; Ps. 104:9; Prov. 8:29).

Some scientists have said that the early atmosphere had to be free of oxygen because it destroys the building blocks of life, such as the protein molecule, DNA and RNA. However, they have discovered that if there was no oxygen, there could not have been an ozone layer, and without that, the ultra violet radiation would have killed protein molecules. You can’t have life with oxygen and you can’t have life without it. This became a huge problem for scientists to explain.

Look at the animal kingdom. Animals possess innate abilities in order to survive. How did they acquire them? What about the dolphins? They have a sophisticated sonar system in the front of their skull. It produces ultrasonic underwater high frequency sound waves (200,000 vibrations per second)—10x the frequency of a bat’s sonar system. That is far superior to our billion dollar submarines. How did they acquire these systems, and survive while this feature was conveniently evolving?

Look at the hummingbird. It beats its wings up to 80 strokes per second. It can hover for minutes and take off in any direction in an instant. Its aerodynamics are astounding, far beyond anything man has even been able to construct.

How about a solar eclipse? How is it that the moon appears the exact size of the sun during an eclipse? The moon is one-fourth the size of the earth, and the earth is only one thousandth the size of the sun. In order to appear the same size, their placement in the universe has to be precise. What would be the odds of that occurring?

Evolutionists also believe there was a day when nothing exploded. This theory is taught by Dr. Richard Dawkins and by other scientists. The first question must be, “How can nothing explode into something?” How is this scientific? We also know that any type of explosion produces disorder and chaos. Explosions do not produce order and perfect design.

If you are an atheist, you need more faith to believe the universe happened by accident than to believe God is responsible for its creation. This is not a condemning of atheists. This is a warning of the coming judgment on those who refuse to believe in the God of the universe. Jesus Himself said, “Fear God, who has power to cast into hell” (Luke 12:4-5).

God said, “Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee in the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things, that stretched forth the heavens alone, that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself” (Isa. 44:24).

God said, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” (Ps. 14:1).

If you insist on calling God a liar, it’s your free choice to do so. However, know that you will stand before Him one day and the Bible says that every knee will bow to Him including yours. Do you say you’ll believe only if God proves Himself to you?

If that’s you, you have already been given overwhelming proof of design. It is glaringly obvious there is a designer and that designer is God Himself.

Bill Wiese is the author of New York Times best-selling book, “23 Minutes In Hell,” the story of his life-changing visit to hell in 1998. Bill has since authored six additional book titles, and continues to share his experience around the world. He and his wife Annette founded Soul Choice Ministries in late 2006 and have dedicated their lives to reaching the unsaved.  For more information about Bill Wiese and Soul Choice Ministries please visit us at: You can find more of Bill’s teachings at:

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