I’m genuinely interested how an atheist mind works. As such, I’m an avid reader of Christian apologetics. On top of my lists is Ravi Zacharias’ The End of Reason. Today, films like God’s Not Dead, The Atheist Delusion, The Case for Christ, among many, are openly repudiating atheism.
The fact is atheism is not new.
“In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”
You might think that Richard Dawkins and his ilk are being referred here but this is an ancient text taken from Psalms 10:4.
1. Be Confident.
Being confident is not totally about pride. Being self-assured is different to boasting even if one doesn’t think.
For example, to believe that matter would come out from nothing takes more faith than believing in the God who created everything from nothing.
When a person boasts that it is intelligent to deny having an Intelligent Designer, it’s like bragging about taking a breath and blowing in the wind to produce a Spalding ball or light bulb.
If a person puts faith in the idea that an explosion in a printing press occurred and produced a Webster Dictionary (I’m borrowing from Tony Robbins’ argument here) is beyond my comprehension. That’s why Robbins believes in God.
And yet, some could actually believe that an explosion in a printing press could produce an intelligent dictionary—even take pride on it.
2. Be Convinced.
Is science truly an intellectual study and practical activity through observation and experiment? If it took billions of years for earth’s evolution and millions of years for humans, who was there to observe those “millions of years” past?
There are millions of monkeys and homo-sapiens today, but where are the millions of fossils of the in-betweens? If lack of evidence is very scientific and convincing, that’s something to keep the atheist’s faith with.
Being convinced is totally different to having conjecture. If a person firmly believes in the truth of something that’s being convinced. But to think of a theory as fact or truth, indeed, it requires faith too—more of it.
Who said, atheism is not emotional? Hating a “God” that does not exist is either flat false or fanaticism. But atheist loved to scorn the idea of the Unmoved Mover and First Cause. Yet, these are the very people who deny the principle of cause-and-effect.
3. Be Conclusive.
To conclude on something without basis is fanaticism. But to conclude from solid evidence and arguments to prove a case is “faith seeking understanding.”
To believe that a sudden explosion created an orderly universe takes more faith than believing in the God who is the Creator.
But that’s what “free thinking” is all about. Anyone can believe whatever he or she wants to believe, even if it’s nonsense or untrue. That’s self-deception and is, ironically, very costly.
The truth is, the atheist’s delusion is also a moral issue. To believe that humans would have an idea of what is evil and wrong without the idea of good and right takes more faith than believing in the God who is the ultimate source of absolute goodness takes more faith.
If anyone thinks a person can know what is dark without knowing what is light, or hot without the concept of cold, then make a sensible conclusion.
As such, some staunch atheists who have “lesser faith” in atheism turned their back and became God-believers and Christ-followers, like C.S Lewis, Lee Strobel, Jordan Monge, Simon Greenleaf, Malcolm Gladwell, etc.
How about you—do you seek understanding about your faith or you simply accept things without really searching its veracity?
Between “faith that seeks understanding” and fanaticism (of which atheism could also fall) choose who has more faith.
Glenn Plastina © 2017