I never have been a great fan of the WordPress reblog function. Mostly, I just don’t like the fact that it does not allow me to correct my numerous mistakes, but there is also the fact the darn thing is cranky.
I saw Julie (aka Cookie)’s post right after I had responded to the following comment.
November 26, 2017 at 11:05 pm
Atheism has nothing to do with feelings, you have no idea what atheism is about, and it is you who should read the definitions properly. It is “disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of any gods.” Yes, you are correct, militant atheists do have a rock-solid certainty, not unlike militant theists such as yourself.
How can theists prove a god exists? Atheists cannot find evidence that something does not exist outside of the real world because there is nothing to find. You can point out whatever you like, but atheists will not claim they do not know whether God exists and because they are atheists, they know he does not exist just as theists claim they know he does exist.
The facts are not made up it is about reality of everyday life on planet Earth and not faith based superstitions, fictitious events and a super being. (from https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/2017/11/23/thankful-god-is-not-al-capone/comment-page-1/#comment-56371)
Here is my reply.
November 27, 2017 at 4:55 am
I have no idea what Atheism is about? Do you mean I cannot use a dictionary, or I cannot share your feelings? The dictionary definition of “Atheism” is simple, but I must admit I cannot read your mind. I can, however, suggest that you begin your arguments by looking up the definition of words before you use them. In addition to “Atheism”, please up look up “superstition”.
How can a theist prove God exists? When Jesus died and rose from the dead, that convinced lots of people that He is God. But what about those folks who don’t claim to be Christians? Peter Kreeft is a Christian philosopher. Check out => http://www.peterkreeft.com/featured-writing.htm. Kreeft has compiled various philosophical arguments for God’s existence. It is not like there is a shortage of them, and Kreeft’s is not the only website that posts such proofs.
Our modern university system had its beginnings in the schools the Catholic Church established to instruct theologians. Since we all have our doubts (We build up our faith over time each time we successfully rely upon that which we believe.), serious theists and those a philosophical bent have given considerable thought as to the existence of God and His nature.
Is belief in God a superstition? No. Belief in God is based upon logic and reason. As Peter Kreeft’s list of proofs demonstrates, theists have put considerable thought into whether God exists. With God’s help, Christians have better proof. The Bible provides a historical record of what God has done to redeem our souls. That record has withstood careful scrutiny — the test of time — for thousands of years. We know for a fact that hundreds saw the resurrected Jesus Christ, and we know that millions have died rather than deny their belief in Jesus.
So why don’t you believe in God? I guess there are two reasons: ignorance and pride. Ignorance takes work to cure. So start reading. Pride is more difficult. What it comes down to is that you probably don’t want to believe in God. In other words, you find the existence of God an offense to your feelings. Instead of being about you, if God exists you have to admit your life has to be about Him. No one finds humility easy, but it is foolish to deny God exists.
Look around. The universe is about you? You made it? The universe is seemingly infinite in size, and it is orderly enough that we can model and often accurately and rigorously predict its processes with math (That’s how we explode H-bombs and send spacecraft to Mars.). So the notion the the universe just happened is absurd, and that is what the Bible says.
Psalm 19:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
What makes believing in God so difficult? He wants us to love Him as He loves, without holding anything back.