An atheist is one who does not believe in God. He accepts the idea that
the universe as we know it came into existence by natural means. He looks
to evolution as part of the answer as to the origin of life and ultimately
of humanity itself. He claims that he is too intelligent to live by
superstition and suggests that faith in God as Creator of the worlds is
just that. He belittles those who live by faith and asks for proof. He
claims to only believe that which is rational and can be seen and tested.
Alas! That is what he wants others to believe about him as they admire
his intellect and reason. But does he really have it all figured out? Has
he found the answers to mans’ origin? Has he proved that God does not exist?
Christians have a God-given responsibility to so equip themselves that
they are “always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to
give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and fear”
(I PETER 3:15). It occurs to me that the atheist who mocks and ridicules
should at least do likewise; that he should “always be ready to make a
defense to everyone that asks him to give an account for the hopelessness
and despair that is in him…”.
THE UNBELIEVER LIVES BY FAITH
“…in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for
he causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the
righteous and the unrighteous” (MATTHEW 5:45).
While the atheist denies that God has anything at all to do with the
sun or the rain, he still lives by faith in something. He plants his crops
believing that the sun and rain will cause his efforts to be rewarded.
Atheists mock faith, but still live by it. They put their faith in the
all-sufficiency of matter as they order their lives. The difference between
the believer and atheist is that the believer accepts that there is a
purpose being fulfilled by his life and that God has provided the means to
sustain his life. The atheist believes that his life is an accident and
there is no purpose being fulfilled and the fact that he can grow food is
just a lucky break.
THE ATHEIST BELIEVES IN SOMETHING ETERNAL
“Even from eternity I am He; And there is none that can deliver out of
My hand; I act and who can reverse it?” (ISAIAH 43:13).
The atheist scoffs at the idea of an eternal God without beginning. But
as he ridicules those who believe in a Supreme Being, he, himself believes
that something has always been. There simply is no other reasonable
alternative because something exists now and something cannot come from
nothing. So what has always been here if not God? The idea that matter has
always existed flies in the face of all we know about the physical laws and
properties that govern matter. Or, we could put it this way: The believer
holds that God created matter, life and mind while the atheist holds that
matter created mind, intelligence and finally the idea of God. Which is
THE ATHEIST BELIEVES LIFE CAME FROM NON-LIFE
“I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things…”
(I TIMOTHY 6:13).
People once believed that non-living matter could produce living
things. If dead meat were left to itself, sure enough living maggots would
appear. It was Louis Pasteur who first overthrew the false idea. He showed
that the maggots came from flies and not from the meat itself. Pastuer was
correct: living things come from living things.
A living thing coming from dead matter has never been observed and is
without any factual foundation at all, and yet this is exactly what the
atheist believes. The Bible affirms that life comes from life. This has
been observed time and time again without any exception at all. Again,
which is the most reasonable to believe?
THE ATHEIST INSISTS THAT DESIGN IN NATURE IS ACCIDENTAL
“O Lord, how many are Thy works! In wisdom Thou hast made them all; The
earth is full of Thy possessions” (PSALM 104:24).
The universe is a complex system. We can find order and design from the
most immense galaxies down to the smallest atom. We find amazing things
that animals do by instinct apart from which they could not survive. We can
predict the movement of heavenly bodies because of the physical laws by
which they are governed. We see with our eyes and hear with our ears and
sing songs with our voices. The various systems found in the human body
function not by accident but by plan. There were a series of articles in
Reader’s Digest which discussed this: “I Am Joe’s Heart”, Eye, Lung, etc.
Who could believe that Joe is here by accident and not by plan? The atheist
THE ATHEIST CANNOT TRUST HIS OWN THOUGHTS
“Because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God
made it evident to them” (ROMANS 1:19).
Ask the atheist where thought comes from. He thinks there is no God, so
what is the source of human thought? Are his thoughts merely a product of
blind chance and random occurrences? One atheist put it this way: Thought
is “a form of vibration and sensation in the nerve fibers of the brain and
of the nervous system”. Get this: what you think is dependent only on how
your brain sloshes around! So why is the atheist so proud of his supposed
intellect if all he is and thinks is a product of random forces with no
purpose? He may talk about such ideals as morality and love, but if moving
lumps of matter is all we are then those ideals lose their meaning. If man
is only a purposeless machine that developed by accident then why be
morally outraged when one of them kills another?
And that brings us to our concluding point. We wonder why crime,
brutality and violence are on the increase. We shudder as we witness so
many hopeless and aimless lives being wasted. We see emotional wrecks
unable to cope. What is happening? We are reaping the first fruits of atheism.