Does God Believe in Atheists?
I get some weird and wonderful questions through this site. Many are genuine heart felt questions from people seeking answers while other show a distinct hatred for all things Christian. I try to answer all of them in one way or another.
The questions that really disappoints me, though, are the ones that come from professing atheists such as the following:
“How can anyone take such a ficticious diety so far?”
What disappoints me the most is not that they have not found Jesus (this is sad enough), nor that they usually base their opinion on little or no evidence but that they have closed their minds to all other possibilities.
Athesism - the thought that God does not exist - is in reality a difficult position to hold. It usually comes from the conclusion that there is no evidence for God therefore he does not exist. This is a reasonable position to hold if you hold it tentatively and are ready to look at any new evidence that comes along. But to hold this conclusion and close your mind to other possibiities is both foolish and dangerous because as finite beings we cannot know everything and therefore cannot conclusively state that God does not exist.
Christianity makes some very big claims. It claims that in following Christ there is forgiveness, acceptance and life. But in rejecting Christ there is condemnation, rejection and the prospect of facing an angry God. Can you afford to ignore such things? Can you afford to make a decision about such claims without looking at the evidence.
I say evidence because there is plenty out there to look at.
The fact that there are many people who believe in Christianity. Not all of them are deluded or mad. This does not mean that it is true but it suggests there must be something in it that is worth looking at.
Secondly the awesome nature and complexity of all we see around us should suggest there is more to this world and life than meets the eye. We all have a sneaking suspicion of this. Again this does not mean that Christianity is has got it right but it does mean that its claims are worth looking at.
Ultimately what will convince us that God exists is if he were to come to earth and show us himself.
This is exactly what the Bible claims he has done. The writers of the New Testament claim to have seen him and spoken to him and have written this down for us. It is worth reading to see what it says.
In the end I am happy to talk to Atheists because whether or not they believe in God, God believes in them and has died for them. Only I ask that they be prepared to look at the evidence as it is presented. If after reading a gospel or two they are still convinced there is nothing in this then that's OK but do it - don’t make a decision about Christianity without looking at the evidence.