That’s Hard to Believe!
Whenever my path leads me to meet someone that identifies themselves as an Atheist. Typically, they go to great lengths to convince me of their position, and lack of belief in God, or an intelligent design. The cliché “me thinks thou dost protest too loudly” always comes to mind.
To me, the word Atheist is an Oxymoron.
How do you turn your back on something that is not there?
While there are probably lots of devout Atheists out there that would vehemently disagree with me. There goes that cliché again. Simply said, in my opinion, the Atheist that repeatedly says “I don’t believe in God” always comes across as someone that believes in God; choosing instead to try and rationalize why God doesn’t exist. Mostly, it seems to me to convince themselves, not me. After all, if they truly thought God wasn’t there, why bother?
My belief is that most Atheists are hoping to protect themselves by denying God’s existence. After all, were they to admit that God does exist, but that they don’t believe in him. Wouldn’t they also then believe in God’s wrath? Are Atheists running away from God, or their inability to have faith? Faith in things unseen? Complete Faith is difficult for all people. Believers and self-appointed non-believers.
Several years ago, going through physical therapy to learn to walk again. My therapist taught me a lot about faith. She started by explaining that my recovery was not about the physical. Muscles, strength and so on. Instead, she told me it was all about faith. She went on to explain how people rely on faith in the unseen, and unknown, every day.
She asked, “when you sit in a chair without looking. How do you know it’s really there?” “When you’re driving in the fog, how do you know there’s not a car coming at you in your lane?” “you don’t.” she said with a sly grin. “You have faith.” “You have trust that the chair is there. You trust that there’s no car in your lane.” “You have trust and Faith in things unseen and unknown.”
She went on to tell me that my therapy was about building my faith and trust that my legs would hold me up. Faith and trust that my body would stay balanced when I walked. Things that were not of muscle and physical strength, but of belief. Belief in things unseen and unknown.
“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:14
Have you ever encountered an ex-smoker when they are around smokers? Or, an ex-drinker around drunks? In my experience they are so passionate about the mistakes they made, they will go to great lengths to stop the smokers from smoking and stop the drinkers from drinking. Working to show them the errors of their ways. So too is my experience with Atheists. When they find their Faith in God and accept Christ. They are the most passionate Christians you’ll ever meet. You would think their doubts might make them a little timid. How can that be? How can someone with such passionate disbelief become a zealous believer in God. A God they so vehemently disavowed? Faith!
God is here for everyone who seeks Him. Like most, it’s my belief that people who call themselves Atheists know God and believe in Him deeply. For whatever reason, they have chosen to build themselves up by attempting to tear Him down. Much like people who tear down others to make themselves look good. In both cases, it doesn’t work.
So many Christians have told me that they found God when they were at the end of their rope. Including several Atheists. It seems like that’s when they turn to and find God. While everyone they know has turned away, and there seems no where to turn. That’s when God says… “Hey, what about me? I’m right here. Always have been.” It’s at that point, God reaches out His hand and says, “Grab On, let’s get out of here!”
“If we are faithless, He remains faithful,
for He cannot deny Himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13