Does God Believe in Atheists?

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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.


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  • Pat

    “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.”

    Turning this argument on it’s head would it not be fair to say that theism (in your case Christianity) is also a tentative position to hold as you must close your mind to new evidence and/or possibilities that may arise? All your really saying here is that all positions must be held tentatively. Which I totally agree with. It forms the basis of (scientific) sceptisism: base your belief on the evidence available at the time, and re-evaluate your position as new evidence comes to light.

    It is true that we cannot know that the Christian God does not exist, in the same wayt that we cannot know that Zues exists, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster exists. I think it is a unfair to say that all atheists are close minded and not open to new evidence. As an aside, it is possible to be both agnostic & atheist as they pertain to differant knowlage claims.

    “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. “

    Well, one could argue that the majority of Christians in the world have not looked at the evidence either and take the whole lot on faith (indoctrination at a young age will do this). I would also like to point out that a great deal of atheists do look at the evidence. So what is the evidence?

    “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.”

    As you correctly point out, this has absolutely no bearing on Christianity’s truth.

    “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. “

    There are two things wrong with this: the fact that something “suggests” or “should be” something does not make it true (look up ‘argument from final consequences’). The world does not always work as we intuitively think it should. Why should it? Your basically making a teleological argument, which anyone who is interested should look up, as there is a wealth of information on it around.

    Then you repeat “but it does mean that its claims are worth looking at.” Ok, isn’t that what we supposed to be doing?

    Having stated yourself the fallacies of your last two arguments, the final ‘evidence’ you go on to provide is the Bible.

    Well as I’m sure you know using the Bible to prove the existence of the Christian God is a circular argument.

    How do we know God exists? The Bible tells us so.
    How do we know the Bible is true? Because it came from God.

  • Ben

    can a righteous man go to heavan while not worshiping god, are you open minded to the point of veiw that god may not exist? i want to belive in god but would like a lier if i prayed because i have no faith.

  • Marty

    i feel sorry for mike stern (see above). because he is definitely a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of guy. the christian God is described as ‘jealous’ because he loves us so much. it is a jealous love. mike may not have children. i dont, but i can imagine that when a child is small, he or she would love his/her parents very much. as they grow older, other things would start to take their fancy, eg. cars, girlfriends, boyfriends. they get their ‘fill’ from other people apart from you, and if i saw my child spending all their time elsewhere and never talking to me much anymore, ive no doubt that i would be jealous… jealous of the other person/activity who is demanding so much of my child’s attention… and its only because i would love my child so much that i feel that jealousy. i want my child to be with me, i love them so much, i care for them, i know whats best for them but they dont want anything to do with me anymore.

    thats what God must feel like.. he created us, he loved us, he gives us everything we need, in fact he has made us so comfortable here that some ppl dont even NEED to look for him, their lives are too comfy.. but despite all he has done for us, we chase after money, sex, drugs, etc. etc. and not him :( and he is jealous because he loves us so much and we dont talk to him anymore.

    mike seems to have a lot of anger inside him, maybe he has had a bad experience with the church in the past, if so i feel very sorry about it. he doesnt seem to grasp how much God loves us.. he loved us so much that, while we were still not talking to him, he decided to set things right and bring us back to him. he didnt stand by and watch us die (as we deserve), he came to us as Jesus and cried out Come!

    http://www.truveo.com/Lifehouse-Everything-Skit-Best-Quality/id/3986682439

    (watch video) we pursue everything BUT God so he went about setting it right.

  • Edd R

    I am having diffuculty find a church true to Jesus. I am a catholic seeking truth. jehova witnees, Mormans babtist’s ect. don’t feed my hunger for knowledege. can you help?

  • Hayden

    Paul

    Are you not an atheist also? Or do you believe in the various other gods that were part of popular belief at one time or another (such as the Greek gods Hestia, Metis, or Zeus, Inca gods such as Inti, or Egyption gods such as Ra)? Perhaps the people you refer to are doing nothing more than going one god further than you.

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