Thursday, February 25, 2016

Atheists and Believers Agree: God Exists

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 belief.

IF atheists 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.

Psalms 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.

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