More Thoughts About Atheism


I agree with that last sentence, I really do. Atheists don’t have to listen to Christ-followers, and in fact they do not listen to us, any more than required for trying to trip us up. Since they refuse to listen to us, any claims they make against God are completely uninformed; in claiming superior reason and rationality, they are simply lying to themselves. In their ignorance, atheists claim to know where Christ-followers are coming from, lumping us together with all the world’s religions, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Yet, anyone who knows the Bible knows exactly where atheists are coming from:

The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt,
They have done abominable works,
There is none who does good.
(Psalm 14:1)

Of course they’ll take umbrage with that, both because it’s from the Bible, and because it speaks from God’s perspective. Atheists refuse to believe they are corrupt, have done abominable works, and do no good, but that verse speaks as much to any unregenerate human being as it does to atheists. Why? Because you don’t have to verbally deny God to act like he doesn’t exist.

Comments, or rants?

Lately I’ve found Facebook and YouTube comments dominated by vehement atheistic sentiment, focused not at deists, theists, Jews or Muslims, but directly and hatefully at Christians, and I find that curious. Theocracy paranoia peppers these public forums with demands for “Freedom from religion,” and worries about Christian fundamentalist terrorism perpetrated on poor, innocent children who are indoctrinated with Biblical values in Christian homes. Given their way, these secularists would outlaw all religious expression, public or private, and establish their own atheocracy. Thing is, they needn’t go to all that trouble, when they can just move to Communist China and enjoy their atheistic society.

Does name-calling win debates?

Atheist claims of openness, free and rational thinking, etc., dissolve like Styrofoam in acetone when they flame Christians with labels ranging from “stupid” to “inbred” to “retard” to “terrorist.” If they are all that passionate, why don’t they invest more time in reasonably refuting the opposition, than in name-calling? Even those few who offer some rationale for their non-belief seem to be stuck on clichés, rather than concentrating on original thought. Lord knows, atheists have a perfect right to express their thoughts in the public forum, as well as to bear the eternal consequences should they be wrong.

My personal faith in Christ began as a skeptic’s honest inquiry, tempered by an absolute confidence in the Bible as God’s only revealed word, highly unusual convictions for a Catholic. Because of my confidence in God’s word, I could no sooner blindly accept Catholic, or any other religious dogma—dictated by corrupt ecclesiastical systems—than buy into atheistic dogma—dictated by flawed human reason.

Religion by any other name …

Creation’s Beauty

Upon beholding creation’s spectacular beauty and precise order, both creationist and evolutionist explanations seemed markedly hollow and patently dogmatic. The evangelical in-crowd insists on six, 24-hour creation days, while savvy evolutionists believe the universe created itself. Both propositions require incredible faith, and adherents cling to them with religious fervor. For creationists, that’s understandable, but for atheists?

By their behavior, both sides have eliminated any question as to which has the truth. Their mutual mudslinging tells me both are deceived. The only alternative I have found worthy of pursuing is the only Jewish Messiah who fully satisfied all Scriptural prophesy concerning himself, having performed historically verified, unique signs and wonders, proving to unbiased inquirers that he is God’s only Son after his own kind. Jesus of Nazareth lived perfectly, died cruelly, and rose from the dead, not to establish a religion, but to buy back from the enemy of our souls a faithful remnant, willing to accept God’s love and to love him in return, through their conformity to his righteous example. Contrasted against all human religions, in Jesus there is no hatred, bigotry, or cruelty, but only love for his entire creation.

In view of religion’s track record, I cannot fault atheists for their skepticism, but I do fault them, and human religion’s followers, for their imperious belief that they know all, and that anything outside of their understanding is patently false. Oh, don’t we love our catechisms, including “science” texts for materialists. But God’s truth comes only from his Word, through his Holy Spirit and faith.

Let the atheists fuss; it doesn’t hurt God’s feelings in the least.

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10 thoughts on “More Thoughts About Atheism

    • Thanks for the thumbs-up, Allen. I always try to confront those who claim to be rational, with rational arguments. That way their rejection of my arguments reveals their own irrationality. Happy Thanksgiving, Allen.

  1. I believe it does hurt God’s feelings Jim, He Loved the world greatly, that means everyone He gave His all to save us, He sent Jesus , if we Love someone and they throw mud at us it hurts!

    I had a Ministry to Atheists, not that I planned it that way but it happened 700 comments later others were deleted, I was blocked from their Website, why because they had no answers, we do.

    God said He created the world in six days and it is proven in Genesis and He tells us too that He created it to be inhabited not empty for Billions of years and we know Dinosaurs were with man on the earth, only they were called Dragons and are mentioned in Job and other Scriptures, we also know now that the world is round and it was recorded in Scripture when only God could have known it was, when all men believed it was flat. D.N.A is recorded too when they had no Pathology and also the real reason for Aids and both dating methods that are used to determine the age of the earth as long, have now been proven to be faulty in showing it is more than 4 to 6 thousands years old. Secular Scientists have never been able to create viable life and Christian Scientists don’t try, they know only God can create life.

    We are to stand up for God’s Truth, yes we will have mud thrown at us, ignored, we will be hated even by some in our family and some who go to Church too, we will be slandered, persecuted, our comments deleted or ignored, we will be called names, like idiots and Bible bashes and even worse, yes we will be rubbished but God will say … “Well done good and Faithful Servant”

    Christian Love in Unity with Christ Jesus – Anne.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Anne. I think you’re right on with most of what you said, and I’ll give you my reasons for what we don’t agree about.

      First, everything about us is a poor imitation of God’s equivalent characteristics because sin corrupted our very nature, so I don’t project our emotions and responses onto God. I know that all sin grieves Him, but as disappointment causes hurt feelings, God can’t be disappointed because he has perfect foreknowledge and saw our stiff necks and rebellion from the very beginning.

      Second, Genesis chapter one verse fourteen says, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years,'” so day and night weren’t distinguished until the fourth day of creation. I take that to mean He didn’t set Earth in motion until then, but that’s only my theory. Anyway, I don’t see the record as strictly chronological because the writer mentioned the “lights in the firmament” before mentioning the sun and moon in verses sixteen through eighteen. No one knows why God revealed His creation account to the Biblical writer in this particular way, but I do know He had a reason; God doesn’t do anything in a haphazard way.

      And regarding atheists, there is as much variety among them as among Christians. Most atheists only parrot their professors or favorite authors and have no idea of the reasoning behind their rash and absurd statements. That also describes most Christians, who don’t take seriously Apostle Peter’s injunction to be prepared with a reason for the hope they have in Christ. A precious few atheists and Christians have carefully thought through the issues and arrived at their convictions with due diligence, but it’s obvious to us that those atheists haven’t thought carefully enough, or been honest enough, to admit their error.

      Thanks, Anne, for holding my brain—feet don’t do the writing or thinking—to the fire. I love thoughtful criticism from brothers and sisters in the Lord because it makes me step back and check my reasons for what I say.

      Blessings to you as you follow Christ,
      James

  2. I appreciate that you want to resolve our differences Jim because this is what God asks us to do , He not only tells us not to argue or agree to disagree both end in division but to bring our differences to Him and He will resolve them and as we know He does this by His inspired word in Scripture and through the empowering of The Holy Spirit gives us understanding (1Corinthians2:9-16) I will leave a link for you explaining about the six days of Creation but for now I would like to share with you about our God who we were created in the likeness of, He is a God who feels because He is Love.

    We know Jesus was conceived by The Holy Ghost and that He is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being and He was also known as a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief:

    Isaiah 53: 33 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.(KJV)

    We also know The Holy Spirit as part of The Godhead or Trinity as They are called today also has Fruit or qualities that both God and Jesus have too.

    Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith,(KJV)

    Both God and Jesus and we can grieve The Holy Spirit too, feel emotions as the Scriptures below confirm, there are many more. God is Love, He has Empathy, Compassion, is Merciful, feels Jealous, gets Angry, has pleasure and Joy and Grieves just as we do but as you said there is no motivation from evil, all good things come from God and all His ways are Just and Righteous,

    Genesis 6: 5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.(KJV)

    Exodus 3:7 And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows.(KJV)

    Psalm 32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord mercy shall compass him about.(KJV)

    Numbers 14:18The Lord is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression (KJV)

    Psalm 51:1-3 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 6:15 For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you, lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee and destroy thee from off the face of the earth.(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 32:16 They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations, provoked they Him to anger.(KJV)

    2 Kings 13:23 And the Lord was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them.(KJV)

    2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God..(KJV)

    1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness.

    Psalm 18:19 He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.(KJV)

    Zephaniah 3: 17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with Joy; He will rest in His Love, He will Joy over thee with singing.(KJV)

    Creation – https://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/gods-6-days-of-creation/

    Blessings – Anne.

    • I had a great response all composed, but I lost it due to my penchant for spell-checking. Talk about frustration! But that’s a great lead-in for my further thoughts about God’s emotions.

      Never let it be said that I don’t believe God has emotions. It’s just that I believe God shows His emotions by His actions, which are always loving and redemptive. Of course God hates evil, even though He is the personification of love. That is why He destroys those who practice evil, even though He loves them personally. I can’t imagine how that must grieve Him!

      When I wrote, “Let the atheists fuss; it doesn’t hurt God’s feelings in the least,” I was thinking of our ideal reaction to fools: We aren’t to let them get to us emotionally, hurting our feelings, because that gives Satan a victory through them. That’s not to say we shouldn’t be grieved about their foolishness, because of what I said in the above paragraph.

      I typically think of foolishness as the opposite of wisdom, so it naturally follows that a fool is the opposite of a wise man. Right? But various Hebrew and Greek words are rendered “fool” in the Bible:
      1 Samuel 26:21 uses the word in that sense (H5528).
      Psalm 14:1 uses it in the sense of a wicked, impious, vile person (H5034).
      In Proverbs 10:23 it means “fat,” that is, stupid or silly (H3684).
      Proverbs 15:5 refers to a fool in the sense of perverse, or silly (191).

      Jesus used two words that are rendered “fool.” In Matthew 5:22 He used it in the sense of one who is dull or stupid (G3474). And in Luke 12:20 it is used in the sense of one who is mindless, ignorant, egotistical, rash or unbelieving.
      In scanning all the passages about fools, I found one that especially spoke to me: Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.

      I guess I got off the subject just a smidge, but I enjoy sharing my thoughts with one of like mind.

      Blessings,
      James

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