“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1)
Whereas the atheist calls the idea of God foolish, God calls him a fool!
The word “atheist,” translated from the Greek language, simply means “no” or, “without God.” There are basically 3 kinds of atheists: 1) The ASSERTIVE atheist – – he dogmatically asserts that there is no God. 2) Then there is the ACTUAL atheist – – he’s more honest in stating that he chooses to believe that there is no God. 3) Finally, the APPLICATIONAL atheist lives as though there is no God! [There is a 4th kind of atheist who, in reality, turns out to be an AGNOSTIC – – that means that he really does not know whether there is a God].
If there is a God who has revealed Himself in the Bible, then the foolish atheist is in real trouble! In the first place he has deluded himself to believe that God doesn’t exist; in other words, he wishes God out of his sphere of existence. In the second place, he never really bothers to answer some very ultimate and basic questions such as, who made me, why am I here, and what happens to me after I die?
Unlike any other religious publication, the Bible provides a real and satisfactory answer to these ultimate issues! I choose to believe the God of the Bible rather than the foolish and proud atheist. In his famous “wager,” the 17th century philosopher Blaise Pascal put it this way, “It’s a huge risk to disbelieve in God if in the end He really exists and does what He says He’ll do” (that’s a paraphrase)!
Jesus speaks with finality: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
As one has once quipped, atheists have their own major holiday – – April 1st!
The Dilemma of Atheism
“Then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it” (Ecclesiastes 8:17).
This was penned by perhaps the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon. Here is the wisest man challenging the fool, for it is the fool who has said in his heart, “There is no God (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).
In order for the atheist to make a stupendous claim such as the non-existence of God, he would have to know everything there is to know. That would include perfect knowledge of astronomy, medicine, music, geology, geography, all the sciences, all the arts, etc. In short, an atheist must set himself up as omniscient God in order to justify his claim. I believe most atheists would have enough sense to disclaim such a preposterous notion.
I am not as concerned, however, about the philosophical atheist as much as I am about the practical one! This is the person who may make no verbal claims, but lives as though there is not God. He doesn’t acknowledge God in his everyday existence or lifestyle. Solomon’s advice to him, “Fear God and keep His commandments … for God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing…” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14)!
5 thoughts on “Atheism & The Dilemma of Atheism”
You may need to adjust your definition of atheist.
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Hi, John. I think you said it best when you said
“If there is a God who has revealed Himself in the Bible…”
And the reason that is your best line, is you then did absolutely nothing to demonstrate that any god revealed himself in the bible. This is THE HEART of the atheist position. IF there was a god, yada yada. IF there was a god, then this is why we are here. IF there was a god, then act this way. IF there was a god, then the bible is real. IF. If, if, if, if, if, if.
An atheist merely asks, before we go down the rabbit hole of all the implications and quasi-explanations, let’s first establish IF this god actually exists. And since there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that your god even exists, everything that follows is mere speculation.
Answer the “if” question first. If you can actually manage to do that, you would 1) be the first, and 2) convince a lot of atheists to join your religion.
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Could you provide the contact information (name, address, etc.) for even 1 ACTUAL Atheist who chooses to believe that there is no God? I can’t! I must be convinced. The wording of the APPLICATIONAL Atheist slyly implies that they really do believe in God , they’re just denying it. This, and the claim that Atheists work with the Devil, are two of the stupidest. If an “Atheist” knows that God and Satan exist, then he “knows” the ultimate penalty. Are you really fool enough to believe that such Atheists are as dumb as a Christian who would make that claim?
Most Atheists simply don’t believe in ‘Your’ definition and description of God – which varies from person to person, pastor to pastor, sect to sect, and religion to religion. Everyone has their own, personal “God”, but most Christians think/claim that there is only one – while they argue whether there is one God, or a God in three parts…. 😳
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I’m an atheist and I’m always fascinated by how scared theists are of one happy atheist. You all try to lie so very hard about what atheists are.
In that there is no evidence for your god, or any other, there is no reason to believe in a god. You disbelieve in other gods for the same reasons, I suspect.
Why are those questions supposedly so important at all e.g. who made me, why am I here, what happens when I die? I don’t need a god to make me, physics seems to do that quite well. I don’t care why I’m here, only that I’m here and well, I don’t care what happens after I die. I’ll rot in the earth, hopefully as food for plants. No god is needed at all.
Pascal’s Wager shows that a Christian hasn’t thought much about the problem. You assume that only your god exists, but again, no evidence of it. You also forget that you waste time and resources on something that fails on fulfilling its supposed promises in the bible. You seem to think that people choose to be Christians but that is not the case per your own bible. Romans 9 states that only those that this god chooses to be able to accept him will be Christians, the rest are damned for no fault of their own. In any case, I wouldn’t worship such a petty little god.
The is no evidence for Solomon, this fabulously wealthy and wise king. We have no idea who wrote Ecclesiastes. We also don’t have to know everything possible to know that the god described in the bible doesn’t exist. We know the attributes of this god and there is no evidence for it and it does nothing that it promises. Unless you want to claim your god a worm under a rock on Ceti Alpha V, then we can be comfortable that the omniscient, omnipotent god is imaginary. And I’m sure you don’ worship that worm.
I have everything to lose by worshipping something that doesn’t exist, and that is described like any other petty bronze/iron age god. I have better morals than your god so why would I worship something so childish and violent. I wouldn’t worship a god that works with its supposed archenemy to corrupt Christians intentionally after all of the non-Christians are murdered by your god like in Revelation 19-21. I have standards far higher than this god can meet. A god that needs humans to explain it, and to issue threats about it is not worth much.
since you do quote Ecclesiastes a lot, do you also follow all of the laws in the OT like Jesus says to do?
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It seems impossible to get those of unbelief to move or even consider that there is in fact a Divine Creator. I will simply say that I would rather live my life serving a GOD that wants to spend eternity with me and die knowing I lived a loving, caring, servant life than to live a life of unbelief and find out that a loving GOD is before me at my death giving me my just reward for rejecting HIS free gift of salvation!!!
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