If you’ve been a Christian for a minute you’ve probably heard the name Ray Comfort before. Comfort is the founder of Living Waters ministry and is a well known apologist who has dedicated his life to spreading the gospel far and wide.
He is a creator of documentary films, but is probably most well known for his form of apologetics and method for sharing the gospel. Comfort does a lot of street preaching where he walks people through the law of God to help show them they’re a sinner in need of a savior, then tells them about the work of Christ on the cross.
Despite being a mighty force for the gospel now, Comfort wasn’t always the Christian man everyone knows and loves today. There was a time when he was once a blind man who couldn’t see the truth. Figuratively of course.
During an interview with “Pure Talk” Comfort spoke about what he believes are the biggest barriers that keep folks from trusting in Christ and embracing the Bible as the Word of God.
“It’s not understanding the danger. The Bible says men love darkness and hate the light, neither will they come to the light lest their deeds be exposed,” Comfort said, noting that this love for darkness clouds human judgement. “So, everybody loves their sins.”
Comfort is going to be one of the central figures taking part in PureFlix.Com’s Answering Atheism conference to be held on April 17-21. The event will be held at the Ark Encounter attraction and is designed to provide four days of teaching to help believers stand on the Word of God with confidence.
“The reason atheism is so attractive to the unsaved is because it gets rid of moral accountability,” Comfort told “Pure Talk.” “If there’s no God, there’s no ultimately right or wrong and there’s no punishment for right and wrong.”
“I wasn’t interested in God,” he said of his early years. “I was just interested in doing my own thing … but when I saw my danger — that caused me to let go of my sin.”
At the tender age of 20, when most kids are still in college, Comfort was already married, had a house of his own, and had a successful business. However, some deeper thoughts about life and spirituality soon shocked him out of his comfortable existence.
Everything changed when Comfort was sitting in bed one night next to his wife when reality slapped him in the face.
He began thinking about the fact that his wife could die and everything they’d worked hard to accomplish would be meaningless. This thought made him break down in tears, leading him to cry out to God in confusion.
Six months later, God answered his prayer. Comfort was given the gospel by a man while he was on a surfing trip and his life was radically transformed.
“I understood that I was a sinner and the thing that convinced me was the 10 Commandments,” he said, noting that these moral laws left him deeply impacted and convicted. “[I thought], ‘If God has seen my thought life … then I’m in big trouble,’ and that’s when I understood the cross.'”
Comfort is a great man of God with a powerful story of just how much the idea of purpose and meaning drives our existence. What many of us fail to grasp in our fallen state is that we all have this longing for purpose and meaning, but nothing but being in a restored, right relationship with God can provide those things on a deep enough level to be satisfying.
Being a Christian isn’t just about escaping Hell, though that certainly is a big part of salvation. We’re to also live as royal subjects of the King of Kings, serving Him and aiding Him in the task of spreading His kingdom over all the earth.
He doesn’t need us to do this work, but this was part of His original design for humanity and in Christ, that design is restored. How wonderful to know that everything we do in this life truly does matter.