19th August 2012
God Loves Athiests, Too
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly beloved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1 NIV (UK)
Why is it, I wonder, in any discussion involving atheism or belief in God, it is the believers who seem to feel they are at a disadvantage? It is as if believers tend to think that atheists have somehow won the argument unless the believers can prove them wrong.
But the truth is, it’s not possible for atheists to prove that God does not exist. Just because believers cannot convince atheists that they are wrong, it doesn’t mean atheists have won the argument. As one atheist, Bruce Anderson, pointed out in an article entitled Confession of an Atheist, “It is worth remembering that a substantial majority of the cleverest people who ever lived have believed in God.”
Many atheists simply do not want to believe that God exists. Rather, they look to science as the only path to truth. But, is science the only path to truth?
In his book, The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions, the agnostic, David Berlinski asserts that prevailing scientific theories about the human mind: the Big Bang, the origin of life and the origin of matter are all open to debate. He writes, for example, “The claim that the human mind is the product of evolution is not unassailable fact. It is barely coherent.”
As a critic of both intelligent design and Darwinism, Berlinski’s basic point is that there are still many phenomena that science cannot explain. We have made great progress in understanding the natural world. But nothing we have discovered, if clearly understood and honestly reported, demands that we take a Creator out of the picture.
I know personally several scientists, some of whom are leaders in their respective fields, who have no trouble reconciling their on-going discoveries with their belief in God. The more they learn about the physical creation, the more their belief in its Creator is enhanced.
They also point out that no experiment can be devised that will once and for all prove or disprove the existence of God. You see, God is the Creator, not part of the creation. You can’t ‘discover’ God by searching through deeper and deeper layers of the Creation, God reveals himself to humanity in only one way—through his Son, Jesus Christ.
You’ll never find God as the result of a successful experiment. You only come to know God because he loves you, because he wants you to know him. That’s why he sent his Son to be one of us. Once you come to know God—that is, once he has opened your heart and mind to know him and you have experienced the relationship of love he has for you—you will have no doubt that God exists. That is why I can say to the atheist, it’s up to you to prove there is no God, not up to me to prove there is. Once you know him, you’ll believe too.
What’s the real definition of an atheist? People who don’t believe in God—yet.
In a world that has forgotten you, holy Father, a world that dismisses you as an irrelevance, even as a throwback to simpler times and a nuisance, we who believe are comforted in that we understand that those who do not believe are still loved by you. Help us to treat those who dismiss you not as enemies, but as worthy of our love, as we seek to follow Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Study by Joseph Tkach