1. Â Remember that they are people, just like you are. Â Contrary to what you may have been led to believe, they are not some lower life form we share this planet with.
2. Â More than likely, they are smarter than you are. Â This can be difficult to come to grips with, but it does appear to be true and is a claim that is actually supported by the Bible (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)
3. Â Statistically, they are also as moral, if not more so than you are. Â While it is a good thing that they generally are highly moral,Â it is a shame that we, who often times claim the moral high ground,Â seem unable, or unwilling, to match our words with our lives.
4. Â They will probably thump you in debate. Â They are much more likely to have carefully thought through their position and understand why they believe what they do. Â We are more likely simply to present some argument that the person we heard it from guaranteed would destroy the enemy. Â The problem with that is that many of them have heard the same arguments many times and are easily able to counter them.
5. Â Don’t under-estimate their knowledge of the Bible. Â Many of them are more familiar with the Bible than the average Christian is. Â And they know all of the passages that will cause you a problem, and will not hesitate to challenge you with them.