from Pastor Mel
Have you found people who aggressively proclaim themselves to be atheists to be angry people? Is it because they are denying something inherently human within themselves? Their mind can rationalize all sorts of reasons why God doesn’t exist, but their heart is saying something else.
In fact there’s a passage in the Bible, Psalm 14:1, that very bluntly addresses the issue of stubborn unbelief: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
So the atheist, for whatever reason, willfully overrides that deep, spiritual, believing-beyond-what-is-known tendency in the heart of every human being made in the image of God. The atheist makes unbelief his code to live by.
But he’s foolish because there are many real benefits in believing in God and following his code. Yes, there are deep challenges too.
The atheist is also foolish because he denies the reality of God in all of human history. The Bible, and especially the New Testament, is not just another religious fairytale like the gods of Greece. It’s actual history involving real places and real people who witnessed the Son of God, the Messiah, the Christ, doing his miracles on earth. It’s a message that has influenced the entire globe at all levels from personal human experience to how societies operate.
“Ah,” the atheist says, “but now we have science!” OMG bro, wake up! Science is a mere tool to help us understand how things which already exist work e.g. the biology, chemistry and physics of nature. And the better we get at science, the more it shows us the incredible wonders of life like the DNA molecule that performs a multitude of intelligent, highly organised operations that make a mockery of the idea that life evolved at a cellular level by random, chance occurrences.
If you have problems understanding the God issue, be honest and be agnostic i.e. admit that you don’t know there is a God. But don’t be foolish and ignore the spiritual realm and what the Bible says about life and the universe. Actually, it’s not hard to find God if you go the mediator, Jesus. The third person of the trinity, the Holy Spirit, will help you find without having to see. So seek, and you will find.
Until next time…