By Joe McKeever, Crosswalk.com
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“In the beginning, God...” (Genesis 1:1)
Nowhere does the Bible try to prove the existence of God. He is. Period. Deal with it, earthlings.
Humanistic evangelists and atheistic peddlers are sure that we mindless theists have never considered the superior evidence for the positions they hold. Surely, if we did, they think, we would renounce the church and join them.
Once again, believers are lumped together by those who tell us they “just don’t get it” as the terminally naive, the hopelessly hopeful, the unthinking uneducated, and the irrationally illiterate.
Solid Believers Have Considered Atheism
Most of the solid believers I know have considered atheism at one time or another.
I did, while in college.
This is not to say I joined the humanist society of Birmingham or majored in skepticism at Birmingham-Southern. But I read some of the stuff, talked to a few of the people, thought about the ramifications of it all, and made my choice to take my stand with believers.
I’ve never regretted it.
7 Reasons I Didn’t Choose Atheism
As a rule, atheists tend to be a pretty miserable lot, while the best Christians I know are also the most put-together, positive, and effective people in the room.
I heard someone say once, “The devil has no godly old people.” Indeed. We could add that the Lord also seems to have all the best-mannered, generous-hearted, goal-oriented achievers. If you look at the products of atheism and Christianity, in my personal experience, there is no contest.
2. Any Choice Requires Faith
Since faith is required for either position, choosing to believe this amazing universe came together by chance and will go out the same way requires far more faith than this Alabama farm boy can muster.
As has been said in the book by this title, “I don’t have faith enough to be an atheist.”
3. Historic and Scientific Validity
While it’s true a large portion of Christians have probably not investigated various apologetic aspects—evidence for the resurrection, the historicity of Jesus, the integrity of Scriptures—a great many have.
I sat in the room with Dr. Carl F. H. Henry on a university campus as he said, “Christianity is the only world religion that has come through the scientific revolution and emerged intact.”
Some of the other religions are fighting tooth and claw to keep modern technology from taking a look at their authoritative writings.
4. Hope after Death
I like the line of reasoning that goes: “If the atheist is true and after death, we all disappear into nothingness, then as a Christian I have lost nothing. But if Jesus Christ is true and after death life just begins to get interesting, then the atheist is in a lot of trouble.”
What about that can they not see?
5. The Christian Spirit of Charity
If we know people by their fruits, then philosophies should identify themselves the same way. So, does anyone know any charitable ministry ever started by the atheists? Okay, I’ve learned of two or three. But show me one and I can show you a hundred hospitals and colleges, children’s homes and crisis centers begun and maintained by Christ-followers.
I love all the miracles–the existence of Holy Scriptures (their uniformity, the prophecies, the clarity, and a thousand other aspects), the existence of the Man of Galilee (His birth, life, death, and resurrection; His teachings and promises), the existence of the Church (so flawed, without its divine nature, surely it would have vanished long ago), and the existence of honest inquiry among believers (a sure sign, if you ask me, that God’s people are into Truth and nothing else).
7. Living Testimonies
My testimony—and yours—show that that power of Jesus Christ is changing lives. If, as C. S. Lewis pointed out, a skeptic scoffs that my life is so far inferior to what a true Christian should look like, I do not argue with that. But I can reply that my life is still so far beyond what it would have been without Christ.
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Fact Is, We Need God
We need Him for the simple reason that, as the prophet said, “LORD, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23). Here are just a few of my own needs:
I need growth.
I need God to help me reach the potential He built inside me (and each of us).
I need His strength.
I need God to save me from my natural self-centeredness.
I need prayer.
I need God to take care of friends and loved ones with real needs who are outside my ability to help.
I need God’s wisdom and direction.
I need God to guide me in decisions since I do not know what tomorrow holds and thus what to do with today’s opportunities. All by myself, I make a pretty small (and miserable) package.
I need God to get me to Heaven.
Thank God, I am not alone here on this small planet. The living God has singled this one out and has dwelled among us and made it possible for us to live on a higher plane here and with Him in Heaven forever.
And because I need God, He sent Jesus. And then the Holy Spirit.
Are we blessed or what?
I could not be an atheist on my worst day. God has done far too much for me to be so ungrateful.
Joe McKeever has been a disciple of Jesus Christ more than 65 years, been preaching the gospel more than 55 years, and has been writing and cartooning for Christian publications more than 45 years. He blogs at www.joemckeever.com.