Silence of Mind wrote a little post that set off a minor uproar, Why the Atheist Disdain for God?. Since I liked it, I reblogged it, Why the Atheist Disdain for God? A couple people did not, however. Those bloggers are: Barabbas Me and Ben Berwick. Please read their posts and then read my replies.
Reply to “Wednesday Word: Why the Atheist Disdain for God?” by Barabbas Me
There are two kinds of people in the world. There are those who have repented and accepted Jesus as their Savior, and there are those who still have not done so. Nevertheless, we have no way of knowing who Jesus has saved. Human beings, whether Jesus has saved them or not, don’t appear to be much different. When Jesus saves us, His work in us has just begun.
Still, when we refuse to repent and accept Jesus as our Savior, we do know that when we die we will go to Hell. Further, logic suggests that if we deny the even the existence of God, then we are going to refuse to repent and accept Jesus as our Savior.
Atheism is illogical and self-destructive. Since the Bible plainly states that much we should do so as well.
Are you uncomfortable with stating the truth plainly? Well, here is one of the tasks of apologetics.
Restrain evil. Calvin argued that one value of apologetics was to “stop the mouths of the obstreperous.” Here apologetics, though not able to convert the infidel, can restrain the unbeliever from unbridled assault against the faith.from https://www.crosswalk.com/church/pastors-or-leadership/an-apology-for-apologetics-11531708.html
Consider how some Christians become martyrs. Those who hear them take offense and kill them. Are we supposed to shut up just because people don’t like what we have to say? The apostles refused. Remember that they pointed out who was responsible for the execution of the Messiah. The members of the Sanhedrin did not like hearing that, not one bit.
Reply to “Why Silence is Golden” by Ben Berwick
What is the difference between an Agnostic and an Atheist? An Agnostic says, “I don’t know.” An Atheist says, “There is no God.” Since there is no way of proving there is no God, the Atheist is making a faith-based leap that far exceeds the faith required to be a Christian. Of course, since the illogic required to be an Atheist is obvious, many Atheists try to redefine the term. However, if one just doesn’t know whether God exists, it makes more sense to call ourselves Agnostic.
Let’s consider the basic question. Does God exist? If you are going to insist upon empirical evidence, no. However, an insistence upon empirical evidence is a silly requirement. The notion that we have the tools to study the Creator and do reproducible experiments upon Him is just absurd. Do we have the capacity to apprehend the Being that created the universe? Not likely. Yet you assume we can.
The question of whether or not God exists is a philosophical problem, not a scientific one. That is one reason the Greek philosophers approached the existence of God from that perspective, and we have not progressed to the point where we can do much better.
What does our science do for us? Well, we can probably see that Creation is much more beautiful, ordered, and delicate than the ancients realized. Few of them would have perceived the ground that they stood upon was just part of a gigantic ball of air, water, earth, and molten rock that revolved around a nuclear inferno. We don’t have the capacity to directly perceive the vast emptiness of space. Still even the ancients somehow managed to grasp that the stars move with clockwork precision. And all without a guiding Intellect, a Creator, a First Cause? That defies logic.
Do you think Silence of Mind and I are foolish, deluded, fanatical, or too harsh? Then go read Romans 1:18-32 and try thinking about it. We live in a society that cannot even figure out the difference between a boy and a girl. Why? What has happened? I believe the problem is that we are being led by Secularists (Atheists?) who are determined to remove God from the public square in our society, and they have been succeeding. These Secularists are making fools out our people, the sort of fools described in Romans 1:18-32. If we want to protect our children, in particular, from these Secularists, then we must speak out plainly and boldly.