Atheism is the new cool thing. Coming out as Atheist shows that you’re all smart and daring and sciency. I get it.
In my mind, the Agnostic has a more reasonable stance than the Atheist. The Agnostic says he doesn’t know if there is a God. The Atheists knows, without a shadow of doubt, there isn’t a God.
This is a much more arrogant position. One that smacks of the Religious Fundamentalism many atheists fight so hard against.
I’m not too troubled by atheists. They rarely keep quiet about their atheism, which shows that even though they deny God, they can’t stop thinking about Him.
So, in my mind, there’s hope for them.
I don’t think the Christian should waste much time with atheists. Atheism, for most, is nothing more than an intellectual tantrum. Most will get over it in time. The more they are argued with, the more they will back into their corner. Life is a better teacher.
One reason why I believe we should let atheists be atheists, is that the Bible leaves them alone.
The Bible contains no passages that seek to prove the existence of God. The Bible assumes God and assumes people know there’s a God. The Bible does not defend the existence of its Author.
The Bible says God’s existence is obvious. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen,” Paul tells us in Romans 1. Paul says that humans have no excuse to not see God. No excuse. God is obvious.
So why do people miss God if He’s so obvious? According to Romans 1, people miss God because they want to sin. People who want to sin live for material things and deny the spiritual. As they go into their sin and their fixation on physical things, they become wise in their own eyes, while proving their foolishness.
Christians like to flop out the verse, “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.” But we should be careful of terms here.
The word “fool” in the above quote from Psalm 14, is a rare usage of one of the Hebrew words for fool. In other words, most of the uses of “fool” in Proverbs and other places is another Hebrew word.
The fool that “says there is no God,” is actually a word that means wicked or vile person. The other Fool word means silly, fat and stupid.
The fool who says there is no God is the wicked guy, not just the silly, stupid guy. Yes, there is some overlap in definitions, but they are two different words, and the Psalmist uses the wicked word to describe this guy.
Wicked people deny that there is a God, primarily so they can do their wickedness.
This is where the irony enters, however. The wicked guy has to continue to tell himself and others there is no God, so he can appease his guilty conscience. He can’t shut up about denying God because his conscience continually reminds him of God and this forces him to deny God’s existence.
Knowing you are guilty is the first step toward salvation. Atheists are well on their way to salvation.
The one you have to worry about is the one who doesn’t even care enough to worry about whether there is a God. The guy who is God-unconscious is the one to worry about. The hard-hearted, doesn’t give a rip, guy.
Even more worrisome, the church is filled with these don’t give a rip guys. The church does a fine job of making God inconsequential and letting “believers” think their sin isn’t a big deal. These are called “Practical Atheists.” People who in practice live like there is no God. Atheists at least think enough about God to have to say He doesn’t exist.
I’m more worried about the average church-goer than the atheist, in all honesty. Jesus attacked religious people, not atheists.
For all the atheistic bloviating going on in our world today, it is obvious there are many troubled souls. They need to see grace and mercy, love and patience. What they don’t need is more reasons to reject the Bible’s message through Christian anger and hostility.
In the end, perhaps the best thing to do with the verbose atheist is to ignore their words, live the life of Christ, pray for them, and let life and the Holy Spirit finish the work He already began in them.