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The “Good” Atheist

Every once in a while you meet a person who says that they are a “good atheist” and they reason that they are a good moral person without God.  Further, they claim that the world would be a better place without God or religion.  They reason that most people are good by nature and in reality, it is very few people who are truly evil.  This, of course, runs contrary to Christianity which teaches that humanity is sinful and bent toward wickedness.  Romans 1:18 says that people suppress the truth in unrighteousness.  In other words, people despise God and refuse to submit to Him because they love their sins.  It is not about evidence.  It is about sinfulness and the desire to do what we want, to be our own gods, to set our own destiny.  The idea that we must stand before God when we die is unthinkable (Hebrews 9:27).  It does not fit the atheists worldview nor their lifestyle.

The “good atheist” is the atheist who believes they should be moral and good for the simple reason that we should be moral and good.  If pressed further, there is not eternal reason for being good and moral and no basis for the goodness nor the morality.  In the end, the good atheist is good and moral only because they deem it right to be so.  They have no authority, no reasons.  It just is.  If a person on the other hand chooses to do evil and to kill people or to rape women or to molest children, the good atheist cannot attack the wicked atheist for their evil.  They have no basis to do so.  They can say that the wicked atheist should not have done that but why?  Who cares?  Who decides what is good and what is evil?  If we look to society to deem what is good and what is evil, we are left with various cultures saying this is good and this is evil.  The Nazis would say that killing Jews was not evil because Jews are not humans and thus Nazis are doing what evolution has taught them to do, to destroy the weak.  Yet the good atheist can question the Nazi and their worldview but they have no basis to tell them they are wrong.

The problem with the “good” atheist is that they borrow from the Christian worldview while trying to ignore the God whom the Christian worships and adores.  Goodness and morality come from one source: God.  He alone is good and moral.  God alone, because of His perfection, can tell us what is good and what is evil.  We can’t.  We are not good.  We are wicked sinners.  The Bible says that our hearts are wicked before a holy God (Jeremiah 17:9).  Jesus said that it was out of the wicked heart that sin comes forth (Matthew 15:18-20).  Our hearts are corrupt.  There is not one person on the face of earth that is good.  Only God is good and His Word alone is our standard for goodness and morality.

Yet the atheist would argue then that they don’t believe the Bible and we cannot quote the Bible.  The atheist wants the Christian to deny their worldview while the atheist is allowed to embrace their worldview.  The “good” atheist borrows then from the Christian worldview of morality and goodness to establish what is moral and what is good.   The “good” atheist will then denounce pedophiles while using the Christian worldview to do so but when the Christian denounces the pedophiles because it violates the Word of God, the atheist cries “foul.”  The “good” atheist will borrow from the Christian worldview to denounce other “sins” as well including murder, rape, racism, greed, etc.  This is insanity.

In the end, the consistent atheist is one who sees humanity as nothing but cells thrown together by mere chance.  The basis for morality is in fact not real.  The atheist is free (in their worldview) to live as they want to live or die as they want to die and they can impose that on all others as well since all of us are nothing more than cells thrown together by chance and our lives are not worth more than the ant that is crushed under our tires on the highway.  Anything and everything should be allowed since we have no foundation to judge and we will not be accountable to God.

Of course, this is ridiculous and the atheist knows this.  The “good” atheist has a sense of morality and goodness because they are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27).  They know this.  They know God exists but refuse to submit to Him because of their love of self (Romans 1:18-19).  The “good” atheist borrows from the Christian worldview without submission to the Lord Jesus Christ because of their love of sin.  We all will stand before Jesus someday and answer for our lives.  In that day, the atheist will have no excuses for their sins and their “goodness” will be seen for what it is (Isaiah 64:6).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/10/2014 at 1:13 PM

The Insanity of Atheism

I was listening to an evangelist sharing the gospel with a young man on the streets and the young man claimed he was an atheist.  He claimed that he did not believe in any god yet he hated the Christian God more than them all.  He despised the Christian God and ranted on and on about how Christianity is simply stupid.

The irony of this is that atheists are insane.  They hate a God that they don’t even believe exists.  Their thoughts are consistent in their bitter hatred toward a God that they believe was created by the minds of human beings.  They despise the very God who made them.

Romans 1:20 tells us that all people have the same evidence about God’s existence.  We all know that God exists.  However, atheists and false religions choose to worship false gods.  Atheists worship the god of themselves.  Their god is the creation of their own imaginations.  They have a god and they worship that god and that god is the atheist and their worldview.  However, they are not consistent with their atheism (at least most of the time).  Atheists operate their lives based on morals, objectivity, and they use laws like we all do each and every day yet they find no basis for any of these things because without God, nothing makes sense.

Romans 1 goes on to tell us that atheists (and all other false religions) reject the God of the Bible for one reason: they love their sin.  Romans 1:18 is clear that atheists and false religions love their wickedness more than they love God.  They hate the God they claim doesn’t even live in the first place.  That is insanity and atheists are hating someone who doesn’t even exist in their worldview.  Again, atheists know they are wrong and thus the Bible calls atheists fools because they do know God exists and simply refuse to repent of their wickedness (Psalm 14:1).

The fabric of our human society is God.  Morals, laws, science, absolutes, joy, happiness, work ethic, etc. all come from God.  The atheist appeals to culture or to their own intellect when defending morality yet they can’t be sure of anything (so they reason) but they can’t even be sure of that.  Again, atheism is insanity!  The disciple of Christ appeals to something outside of themselves, mainly the Word of God for our authority.  The reason that we hold to morality, to ethics, to right or wrong, to evil and good, to justice and injustice, etc. is because of the Word of God.  And the Word of God is true for all people whether they acknowledge God or not (Hebrews 4:12).  The disciple can show the foolishness of the atheists thinking by appealing to the Word of God despite the atheists denial of the Word of God.  Ironically, the atheist wants the Christian to listen to their insane arguments against God yet deny the Christian the use of the Word of God to prove God.  Yet both the theist and the atheist has the same evidence for God yet the atheist, by ignorance, despises God and ignores all sound reasoning in favor of insanity.

The atheist worldview leads only to despair.  After all, death is the end.  Death has no meaning but neither does life.  All we are in the atheist worldview is atoms put together by random chance.  We serve no purpose and the quicker we make our exit from this world, the better (especially Christians in the atheist worldview).  There is no hope, no reasons for joy, no true meaning to life or death, and no promise of tomorrow.  The entire worldview of the atheist should be summed up like this: 1 Corinthians 15:32.

I rejoice in the risen Savior!  I am thankful that He saved me when I was lost and dead in my sins (Ephesians 2:1-5).  I am thankful that Christ is alive and He ever lives to pray for me (Hebrews 7:25).  I rejoice that God hears my prayers (Matthew 7:7).  I rejoice that my life, my job, my marriage, my raising my boys, my hope, my future death all have meaning because of Christ.  Jesus is truly my life (Colossians 3:1-4).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

12/02/2014 at 11:24 PM

The Point of Atheism

I had a run-in while out witnessing with an atheist named Jason.  Jason argued that everything we see evolved from lesser things though he had no answer to where the first lesser thing came from.  He reasoned that evolution is true because it is based on science and, according to him, has been verified over and over again as true.  When I asked him for any observable evidence for evolution, he did just what evolutionists do, he started citing millions of years ago.  When I said that I cannot see what happened millions of years ago, he grew frustrated and said that I live too short to observe evidence.

In the end, I told Jason that his faith was in science that was not observable by the way.  I too trust in God who created all things (Hebrews 11:3).  My faith is in a loving and good God who created all things and He created me as well.  While I was not there, God was there and He gave us His Word to tell us how He created and how long He created in Genesis 1-2.

The reality is that the point of atheism is simple: Romans 1:18:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.

Atheists simply hate God because they love their sins.  This is the point of atheism.

Jason admitted that he had no hope.  He even told me he was sad that when his life ended it would just end and he would cease to exist.  I told Jason that the Bible says that he will stand before God after he dies (Hebrews 9:27) and give an account for his life.  Of course he rejected this and said that he would just cease to exist.

The truth is that when I observe a sunset and Jason observes a sunset, we both look at it through the lenses of a prior worldview assumption.  He looks at a beautiful sunset and he sees nothing more than randomness taking place.  He believes that nothing caused this sunset and it just exists by chance.  I look at the same sunset and see the hand of Yahweh (Psalm 19:1-6).  Jason has no hope.  I have hope.  Jason has no faith (well he does in Darwinian evolutionary theories) and I have hope in God.  Jason lives a pointless life.  I live a life where I seeking to not only love God but to help others to love Him along the way.  Jason does good to others (at least he said he does) just because he is a human who evolved from a lower substance but I do good because I am created in the image of a good God (Genesis 1:26-27).

Atheism doesn’t produce hope.  It produces death.  I don’t doubt that religion can be equally as evil but I am not calling people to a religion.  I am calling people to repentance and the truth in Christ (John 14:6).  I don’t want religious people.  I want disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).  I want people to love Christ and obey Him as Lord (Luke 6:46-49; John 14:15).  I want people to bear the fruit of the Spirit by the work of the Spirit among them (Galatians 5:22-23) which is where true goodness comes from.  I want people to obey God and His moral law by His grace (Titus 2:11-12).

What does atheism produce?  Does it produce hope in people?  Does atheism lead to great human compassion and acts of kindness?  Where are the atheist groups feeding the poor, serving the sick and dying, giving hope to those who are struggling with life?  Where are the atheist hospitals?  Where are the large segment of atheists going forth defending life, morality, and purity?

The point of atheism is this: to hate God and love sin.  That is the simple point.  The point of atheism is cruelty.  The point of atheism is death.  The point of atheism is immorality.  The point of atheism is lawlessness.

For more information, check out this video from Ray Comfort.  It is eye-opening.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

06/29/2014 at 10:23 AM

Just Wondering About Atheists

I was visiting another blog that has frequently visits from atheists and I was curious at how many atheists were on this blog attacking the writers, attacking God, attacking the Christian worldview, etc.  It got me thinking about this.

First, I don’t spend my time looking for atheists blogs.  They would be pointless.  Rather than “defending” atheism, they spend their time mainly attacking the Christian God.  No doubt they hate all religion and all “gods” but they especially hate Jesus Christ.  Their “proofs” have long been proven false but they continue to spit out their lies.  The fact of Romans 1:18, 25 is true of them.

Secondly, I ponder why do atheists go searching for blogs or sites that defend theism?  If God does not exist, what is the point?  Why worry about what is not true?  Why not just preach the virtues of atheism and let the results speak for themselves?  If atheism leads to a righteous life, a moral life, a life free from guilt and shame, teachings that lead drug addicts from addiction, porn addicts to freedom, homosexuals from their bondage, liars to the truth, etc. why not preach this and let the “gospel” of atheism do the rest?

Instead, atheists spend their day hating the God that they say does not exist.  I don’t doubt that there are practical atheists out there who claim to believe in God but deny Him by their actions and their lives (Psalm 14; Titus 1:16).  Yet practical atheists would claim to be theists.  They deny God by their actions but they don’t spend their time trying to disprove God.  Their lives do.  So called true atheists spend their time hating God, despising Him, mocking Him, and seeking to tear down others belief in Him.

But again why?  I point out that I don’t go searching for atheists blogs to defend theism.  In actuality, I don’t need to do that.  They know God exists.  The Bible points this out in Romans 1:21.  All people know God exists.  They can’t know Him by this inward knowledge but they know there is a God.  Yet Romans 1:18 tells us that people love their sin and so they suppress the truth of God because they don’t want to submit to Him but instead to rebel against Him and His authority.  However, mankind cannot escape and will face God in final judgement after they die (Hebrews 9:27).  Our only hope is the gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16-17; 3:21-26; 5:1).

The fact remains that the virtues of atheism are not there.  It is not atheists who are helping the homeless in Chicago.  It is not the atheists who are helping drug addicts in Atlanta.  It is not the atheists who are providing drinking water in African villages.  It was not atheists who poured into Haiti following the disasters there.  It is not atheists who are speaking out against the slavery of women in southeast Asia to sex trades.  Where are the atheists who hate abortion and want it abolished?  Where are the atheists who turn men around who use to beat their wives into men who are righteous and good?  Where are the atheists who can take their gospel to the alcoholic and see them transformed?

This is what Christ does all the time.  He makes all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

05/06/2014 at 11:56 AM

Our Lack of Prayer Shows our Practical Atheism

The great Puritan theologian Stephen Charnock wrote about what he called practical atheism.  While Charnock was clear that atheism is foolish (Psalm 14:1), he was quick to point out that many claimed to be theists but they live as atheists.  They don’t seek God, refuse to obey His laws or His Word, fail to acknowledge Him as Lord over all.  They claim with their mouths that they believe in God’s existence but their lives reflect that they live as if God does not exist.

Atheists often are quick to say that they do not believe in God or any deity but they turn around and often pray (“Oh God!”) when they face trials or pain.  Yet the practical atheist says that they believe in God but they never seek Him either until, like the atheist, they need Him.  Trials often make us believers when we have not been seeking God at all until we come face to face with our immortality and finiteness.

I believe our practical atheism is best seen in prayer.  One can read the Bible, talk theology, blog on theology, fellowship with other believers, but they do not seek God in prayer and show their own practical atheism.  They don’t need God.  They trust themselves or the creations of mankind to help them get through.  They don’t pray for much of anything at all if they pray at all.  They ignore the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:5-8 where we read:

5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Notice that Jesus says that His followers would pray.  He assumes prayer.  Jesus says, “When you pray.”  Not “if you pray.”  Furthermore, our prayers are to be focused not for others to notice us but instead we are to pray in secret to our Father who is in secret (a point the atheist cannot fathom).  Jesus says that our Father will then reward us.

Jesus goes on in verses 7-8 to show us that prayer is not to be like the pagans who used “empty phrases” thinking that their false gods would hear them.  They could not.  Jesus reminds us in verse 8 that our Father knows what we need before we ask Him.  The true God of the Bible is absolutely sovereign and He is not hidden.  God is able not just to hear my prayers but He is involved in every facet of my being.  His divine providence watches over all of His creation (Matthew 6:25-33).

Yet the practical atheist ignores all of this and seeks the world or his own wisdom.  His prayer life (if he has one) proves that he doesn’t really believe in the promises of God.  He doesn’t believe in the promise of Jesus either here in Matthew 6:8 or Matthew 7:7-11 or Matthew 21:22.  If he did, he would pray but because he doesn’t pray, he shows his practical atheism.

How often have we first turned to the doctors of this world when we are sick (and we should not abandon seeking medical attention) but fail to go the Lord in prayer first.  We don’t believe in His providence or we would have been on our knees in holy prayer when we first felt ill or received the word that we were not well.  Our Father, says Jesus in Matthew 6:8, knows all of this by His sovereignty and care yet we ignore this and fail to seek His face.

How often have we ignored the promise of God in His Word to care for our needs (Matthew 6:11)?  How often have we shown our practical atheism because we fail to trust God and not be anxious for anything (Philippians 4:6) or about anything (Matthew 6:31-34)?  How often have we shown our practical atheism even in evangelism because we don’t pray for the lost (Romans 10:1; 1 Timothy 2:1-6) or even pray for laborers in the harvest fields (Matthew 9:37-38)?

Surely our prayer lives (or lack thereof) shows our practical atheism.  We claim we believe in the sovereignty of God but our actions show that we do not.  We testify to the truthfulness of Scripture yet how often do we ignore its precious promises (2 Peter 1:4).  We say that we trust in God but we go about as if we don’t trust Him at all.  We don’t believe in His providence in our lives.  We give Him no glory for all that He does for us even the smallest things like breathing, my heart beating, the ability to read and think, to be thankful that I can type this blog post.  We don’t acknowledge that God is over us in all things and that we need Him daily to simply survive.  This shows our practical atheism.

The true nature of the child of God is to be thankful.  Thankfulness in prayer is the mark of the disciple.  We acknowledge in prayer that God is sovereign, that He is in full control.  When we seek God, we are praising Him who made all things.  I love 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 in regard to prayer:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Notice that Paul says here that we are to rejoice always which would lead to praying without ceasing which would lead to giving thanks in all circumstances.  And why?  Because of God.  This is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus (v. 18).  God’s will is for us to trust Him, to rely on Him, to seek Him in prayer, and to be thankful for His rule over all.

Don’t allow this day to pass without prayer.  Prayer will turn your heart away from practical atheism toward trusting Him who is sovereign over all.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/22/2014 at 10:23 AM

The False Notion That All Religions Worship the Same God

I heard a song this morning while working that claimed in it that all religions essentially worship the same God.  The song was calling for religions then to be peaceful toward each other since we all are seeking to worship the same God.  The song, along with modern culture, is oblivious to theology or they would not write nor utter such non-sense about God.  Anyone can study the various religions and see that they don’t all worship the same God.  Just consider Islam and Christianity for example.  Both of these are the two largest religions in the world.  Both claim to worship the one true and living God.  Both believe the other is wrong with the exception of a few liberals among them.  Now let us put this to the test.

  • The God of Christianity is triune in the person of God.  The false god of Islam is completely one (absolute monotheism).
  • Jesus is the Son of God in Christianity, co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Spirit.  Jesus is the Messiah in Islam but just a man.  Allah does not begot.
  • Yahweh has revealed Himself as a loving, good, merciful, compassionate, and graceful God who saves those who have faith in His Son.  Allah is said to be merciful and compassionate but there is no concept of grace in Islam because there is no understanding of personal sinfulness in Islam.
  • Yahweh transforms His people from the inside out through the work of the Holy Spirit.  Allah demands outward performance to worship him.
  • Christianity claims the Bible is the inerrant and infallible Word of God.  Islam claims the Quran is the inerrant and infallible Word of God.

So after that very brief survey of Christianity and Islam, only a foolish person would read that and then assume that these two religions worship the same God.  Jesus said that He was the only way to God (John 14:6) and Paul the Apostle said that there is only one mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5-6).  Islam would deny both claims.  Christianity claims from Revelation 20:15; 21:27 that only those who have their names written in the Lamb’s book of life will be in heaven.  The rest will be destroyed in an eternal hell (Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:9).  Islam teaches, for the most part, that only faithful Muslims will enter into heaven.

For the disciple of Jesus, we have known this.  We know just from talking to people that no two religions are the same.  I have found that even people who claim to be Christians, who claim to be evangelicals, that they often worship a god of their own imagination.  The great Puritan Stephen Charnock called most people “practical atheists.”  Charnock noted that people often did not deny the existence of God with their lips or minds but with their lives (Titus 1:16).  Charnock wrote,

“This secret atheism is the spirit of all sin.  Every sinful motion practically throws off God’s law and sovereignty, declaring Him unworthy of His being.  If it were allowed to be carried to its logical end, every sin of mankind would impugn, dethrone, and annihilate God, while setting up the sinner as a wiser authority.”

All sinners, whether they claim Jesus or not, operate as practical atheists when they refuse to worship and submit to the Lordship of Almighty God.  You and I likewise are acting as practical atheists when we sin against God and refuse to obey Jesus as Lord (Luke 6:46-49).  As Charnock goes on to note, we all want to be our own gods.  This was the sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:5) and is still true today of us all who rebel against God and His Word.

May the Church rise up to answer the false notions of modern culture.  Only Jesus saves and all who die without Him are doomed (John 3:18; 5:24-25).  The Church must preach the truth of Jesus to the world (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15) and the world must hear the gospel to be saved (Romans 10:14-17).  We must preach the truth of the gospel to all including the false religions such as Islam or Buddhism or any others.  The world must repent or face the holy wrath of God (Acts 17:30-31; Romans 1:16-18).  May we disciples of Jesus be active in preaching the gospel to the lost by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

10/12/2013 at 4:15 PM

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