Atheists and Believers Agree: God Exists
It is of no
surprise that people who say that they believe in God use His name in holy or profane
ways. After all, we claim to know God or about God. Yes, we believers act and
speak in both sacred and profane ways. We struggle between our fleshly sin
nature and our eternal spirit that God gave to us. (At least some of
us are willing to admit to that struggle.)
On the other
hand, as a whole, Atheists, whom I've met, seem to think that they are only
accountable to themselves and/or other people. I find it fascinating that,
despite their attempts to push God away and ignore their accountability to God,
that they still use one name/description, or another, for God, whether they are
making idle conversation, cursing, blaspheming, using profanity, or trying to
argue against the existence of God. I used to do all those same "atheistic"
things myself, because, for a LONG time, I did not want to believe in God...
Like all denial,
my vigorous denial
of God did not change Him or His existence. As with my own struggles to
ignore, deny, and argue against God, by their actions and words, Atheists prove
God's existence and their underlying belief, and even superstition or fear of
God. The Wall against which I had pushed for so long, kept pushing back until I
acknowledged the reality of our relationship. In retrospect, I can see that I
did not want to believe in God because of my ignorant, sinful fear of Him and of
the enormity of His Eternal, Self-existent nature, for I failed for decades to
accept or understand His love. In my ignorance and fear, I dreaded to face my
sin, God, and the fact that I was and am accountable to Him and His standards,
far above any earthly standard. As with my past words and actions against God,
other Atheists similarly demonstrate that there is 'something' about God that they
cannot avoid. The words and actions of Atheists, as I was, show that we find
ways to force ourselves to acknowledge Him even while and as they wrestle with or
against the concept of God.
IF... IF Atheists
really did not believe in God, they would not care about God. They would not
get upset when other people talked about God. They would not bother resisting
or getting involved when other people wanted to say or do something related to
God. When something is truly dead or useless, people ignore it completely. But,
when people are unsure or insecure in what they believe they find themselves
arguing vehemently against the very thing in which they claim to have no
really didn't believe in God, they would simply ignore the word God and the
concept of God. The result would be that they would delete "God" from
their vocabulary. Without "God" in their vocabulary, they would
logically drop the mention of God from their conversations, and therefore would
not bother engaging in discussions or arguments that pertain in any way to God.
Yet, that is not what Atheists have done (whom I've known). And, that is not
what I used to do before I made my peace with God (on His terms). What Atheists
claim to NOT believe is contrary to the virtue of their use of the word God, or
the name God, or the profanity of slinging "Jesus
Christ" like mud, in verbal ejaculation. Atheists prove and confirm,
by their words and arguments, that they accept and acknowledge God's existence,
and His Christ, as reality. What
they then choose do with God and Christ, with respect to their eternal spirits
that God has given to them, is another matter.
If people argue
about the existence or non-existence of Great-great-grandparents, camels, or
negative numbers, it raises the same logical issues, philosophically, because,
in order to argue about something, with or without conviction, one must
admit the possibility of the existence of that thing before one can
rationally or systematically try to argue that it does or does not exist.
Without such a reference point there is no discussion, at least no sane
discussion. Furthermore, IF something supposedly does not exist, why then would
someone argue about it or exhibit emotional distress whenever that thing is
discussed? Now, THAT irrational distress proves the existence of faith or at
least the presence of reasonable doubt in the person who is distressed, that
they, despite their protests of God's non-existence, the distress of their mind
or flesh proves that they really think that God does or might exist. There is
no other rational basis for a self-professing non-believer to experience distress
about the topic of God.
God and the
Bible have said for millenia that disbelief/atheism is nothing new, but, rather,
something of which we can and need to repent:
Proverbs 18:2: A
fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
14:1: The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt,
they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Acts 17:28-32: For
in him [ed. God] we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your
own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. 29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we
ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone,
graven by art and man's device. 30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all
men every where to repent: 31Because
he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all
[men], in that he hath raised him from the dead. 32And
when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said,
We will hear thee again of this matter.
I thank God that I
finally admitted my sin and need of salvation from God; that I finally learned
to trust God, His Word, and His Christ.