Category: Atheism

Is Atheism a Religion?

The common definition for Atheism is a disbelief or lack of belief in the existence of God or gods.
Many atheists would therefore argue that atheism is not a religion because a religion requires God or gods. This argument is however incorrect.
There are various religions that are non-theistic. Non-theistic religions have an apathy or silence towards the subject of God or gods. Buddhism is an example.

Oxford Dictionaries defines Religion as a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion; A particular system of faith and worship

Merriam Webster defines Religion as a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith

Dictionary.com defines Religion as a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects:

Therefore it’s clear from the above definitions that a religion can also be a system of beliefs that does not necessarily involve the worship of God or gods.

In the case of Atheism it would be logical to therefore express that Atheism IS a religion because of the following reasons:

Atheism Requires Faith
The main component of all religions is that a certain amount of faith is required in order to be part of that particular religion.
Therefore a person must have faith in the belief systems and the principles that guide that religion.
Atheism itself IS a belief system. It is a belief that God does not exist. This belief system is opposed to the beliefs of more than 80% of the world’s population who believe in God or gods while atheists consist of only less than 10% of the global population.
Atheism is a belief system because it takes faith to believe in their doctrine of evolution and creation.
Atheists cannot prove the origin of life but yet they have faith in the concept that life and the universe was created from nothing.
Atheists have faith that evolution occurred yet they do not have any observable and testable evidence for evolution.
Therefore atheism requires faith in physically unprovable claims.

Atheists Have Their Own Prophets
Charles Darwin is the prophet of atheism & evolution. Without Darwin’s theory of evolution it would be safe to say that atheists would have very little references for their atheistic beliefs.
Darwinism is the reason why people become atheists. What atheists forget is that the theory of evolution is a “theory”. Darwin has admitted to lacking evidence. Evolution is NOT fact. It is NOT truth. Evolution itself is full of historical assumptions, presumptions and hypothesis made by men who cannot prove their claims.
However just as every religion has its prophet or founder – Darwin is the prophet of evolution and atheism. Even though Darwin could not prove his own theories, atheists are willing to believe in Darwinism without question or doubt.

Atheism Has Its Own Preachers
Christians have often asked atheists this question: If God doesn’t exist, why do they care if someone worships Him?
The reason Christians ask this question is because they have observed the effort in which atheists seek to convert and rebut Christianity.
Atheists have made a concerted effort to prove to religious people that God does not exist.
It seems contradictory and hypocritical that atheists would try to impose their own belief system of atheism on people who believe in God.
Therefore atheism just like any other religion, has its own preachers. These atheist preachers seek to convert religious people into atheists.

Atheists Have Their Own Doctrines
Examples of atheist doctrines would be the theory of evolution, the big bang theory, abiogenesis and the many historical and unprovable assumptions of how life and the universe came into existence.
Despite lacking evidence for their historical assumption, most atheists are extremely loyal to their belief system and doctrine. They have faith in their doctrines and they have faith that Darwin’s theories are correct.

 

What Does the Bible Say?
Romans 1:20-23 says “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man — and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things”.

The Bible is clear that atheists suppress the existence of God. It actually takes MORE faith for a person to lack belief in God than for that same person to believe God exists.
Atheism is therefore a not just a lack of belief in God – it is a religion.

 

Are Babies Born Atheists?

Some atheists have argued that every baby is born an atheist. They claim that a child is “brainwashed” from birth into believing in God or gods because of the child’s social and cultural background. Therefore the argument is that children only believe in God or gods because of the influence of parents, culture, geographic location and the dominant religion prevailing as the child is growing.
So the question is this: Are babies born atheists?

An Oxford University study that was conducted internationally for 3 years, set out to establish whether belief in divine beings and an afterlife were ideas simply learned from society or integral to human nature.
The Oxford study discovered that all humans are naturally predisposed to believe in gods and life after death. The study also discovered that human thought processes were “rooted” to religious concepts such as the existence of supernatural agents or gods, and the possibility of an afterlife or pre-life.
In addition one of the studies from Oxford concluded that children below the age of 5 found it easier to believe in some “superhuman” properties than to understand human limitations.
Therefore the study reveals that people are NOT born atheists but they are naturally predisposed to believe in the supernatural.

Romans 1:20-21 tells us that the proof of the existence of God is in His creation or in the things that God has made. The scripture also reveals that man is “without excuse” when it pertains to the existence of God.
Therefore atheism is not a natural process of thinking. The human mind is not designed to have a disbelief in God or in the supernatural.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has “put eternity into man’s heart”. This means that in every human soul God has put a desire for the things that are eternal and not just the things that are natural or temporary. This means that every human being is capable of discovering the eternal God and the eternal things of God and His kingdom. Every human soul yearns for something beyond just the natural or physical.
The major problem with agnosticism and atheism is that there is a deliberate SUPPRESSION of the existence of God that takes place in the heart of the agnostic and atheist.
God is purposely suppressed in the heart and mind of the atheist for various reasons. For example – an atheist may not like the idea of being accountable for sin; the atheist may have a wrong concept of God’s character; the atheist is deceived into believing that life is “better” without God in the equation, so suppressing belief in God is seen as the ideal coping mechanism for his/her life.

The evidence that atheists suppress God, is in their passionate and vehement opposition of God, Christianity and anything that promotes the things of God.
Therefore the conclusion is that atheists seem to hate God and so the question becomes this: If God doesn’t exist – why do atheists oppose and hate Him?
Ray Comfort says “Atheists don’t hate fairies, leprechauns, or unicorns because they don’t exist. It is impossible to hate something that doesn’t exist. Atheists hate God because HE DOES EXIST”.

Nobody is born an atheist. What atheists need to do is open their hearts to a loving God who is willing to embrace them and give them eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ.
Atheists needs to have a humble heart and to understand that God loves them and He wants to reveal Himself to them if they approach Him in humility and faith.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Is There Evidence of God?

How can we know that God exists? Is there natural or scientific evidence that we can point to, concerning the argument for intelligent design? Can science prove or disprove the existence of God?

Below are several reasons that scientifically prove that God exists

1. The DNA Code
Bill Gates the Founder of Microsoft said that “DNA is like a software program – only much more complex than anything we’ve ever devised”.
Even Richard Dawkins who is a well-known atheist has admitted to the possibilities of intelligent design and he stated himself that genes are coded information and that genes even look like computer information.
Antony Flew was a scientist who spent his entire life in support of evolution. However when he studied the findings of genetic information in DNA, he eventually became a creationist.
The DNA code is known as the instruction book for life. DNA is a language and an information storage system.
Therefore just like a software program was designed by an intelligent designer, it makes sense that the DNA code which is far more complex was designed by a Someone who is super-intelligent.
It’s also important to note that all types of codes and all types of languages are designed or created by a conscious mind. Examples of symbolic codes can be music symbols, binary code, or blueprints. Examples of languages can be HMTL, C++, hieroglyphics, Hebrew or the English language.
Therefore all instructions, all languages, all symbols and all codes are information which originate from a conscious and intelligent source. It would make sense then to conclude that DNA comes from an intelligent source.
Imagine if you tried to convince Bill Gates that his Windows operating system could program itself into a digital information format, manufacture a case for itself, assemble a hard drive, motherboard and power supply and then run its own application software without any intelligence from an outside source.
Therefore the same conclusion is with the DNA code. The DNA code did not just create itself but DNA is evidence of a super-intelligent designer. In this case – God.

 

 

2. The Earth & Creation
The Earth is the only known planet that sustains life for humans, animals and plants. The Earth is perfect in its size; in its position in the solar system and in the gases that it contains in order to make life possible.
If the Earth was close to the sun then we would all burn up.
If the Earth was further away from the sun then we would all freeze.
Therefore the Earth’s distance from the sun is perfect while it perfectly spins and rotates around the sun.
It contains the perfect mixture of gases for life. It contains water for which no type of life-form can be sustained without a measure of water from human, to plant, to animal life.
There are not only billions of humans, but there are millions of animal and plant species whose biology and structure speak of intelligent design and not coincidence.
The structure of the Earth is therefore evidence of an intelligent designer who created the Earth.

 

3. The Laws of Nature
The universe operates by uniform laws of nature. We can count on the rotation of the earth every 24 hours. We can count on the laws of gravity remaining consistent. We can count on the earth being sustained in its exact position from the sun.
In fact we live in a universe that abides by the rules of mathematics. Therefore coincidence doesn’t exist.
The fact that the universe operates by laws is reflection that there is a lawgiver. The universe operates under the laws and instructions of someone intelligent.

 

4. The Universe had a Beginning
Scientists agree that the universe had a beginning. There are differences of course regarding who / what caused the beginning of the universe.
However, nothing CANNOT produce something.
The complexity of the structure of the universe, including life on Earth, is evidence that there was an intelligent mind behind the beginning of the universe.
Nobody has ever observed or tested “nothing” producing something.
It makes sense then that the universe had a first cause. That first cause was an intelligent being.

Is there evidence of God? Yes there is.

 

Romans 1:20
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Psalms 104:24-25
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 

3 Reasons Why Atheists Lie to Themselves?

An intelligent person will create a computer, with its hardware and software and sometimes artificial intelligence – yet you will discover that nobody will dispute the fact that a computer was designed by an intelligent being.
After all – it doesn’t make sense to assume that a computer which has all its physical parts working together in unison, just evolved on its own from nothing. Neither does it make sense to assume that the software programs working inside that computer simply evolved or existed without the need of an intelligent being.
Yet the atheist will deny for example, that a human being is the product of an Intelligent Creator.
As humans we have a body (just like a computer has hardware). As humans we also have DNA (just like computers have software programs). Humans also have a mind and freewill (just like how a computer might have artificial intelligence).
Just as a computer was designed by an intelligent designer with a purpose – it’s also the same for all of creation including human beings.
A people we were designed by an Intelligent Designer with a purpose. Our entire make-up is not the result of an accident or a chaotic incident or an enormous coincidence.
Just as it would be ridiculous to presume that a computer has no intelligent designer – it would be utterly ridiculous to presume that the universe and all of creation does not have an Intelligent Creator.

Therefore in the face of all the evidence that God exists and in the face of just plain common sense that every design has a designer – why do atheists deny the evidence? Why do atheists lie to themselves? Here’s why…

1. Atheists Experience Cognitive Dissonance
Cognitive Dissonance is a mental conflict which occurs when current beliefs are contradicted by new information or when current wrong beliefs are contradicted with the truth.
So in the case of the atheist – the atheist believes that nothing made everything – which is a lie?
Even though there is no observable or testable evidence, they believe that the universe and all living things are the product of evolution and not intelligent design.
So when the atheist is confronted with the truth that the universe and living things did not create themselves – just as a computer cannot create itself – the tendency for the atheist is to deny common sense rather than accept the truth.
The atheist chooses to believe that a computer, an aeroplane and a building are the result of intelligent beings. However they refuse to believe that a human, a bird or the entire universe are the result of an Intelligent Creator.

2. Atheists Love the Pleasures of Sin
Atheists lie to themselves because they love the pleasure of sin. They will not give up their sins. They love the pleasures of sin so much that the possibilities of being accountable for sin is something they would rather deny.
This is why the atheist not only denies the existence of God but atheists also deny the existence of sin itself. Atheists do not believe that there is such a thing called “sin”. They also do not believe in the existence of good and evil.
They would rather lie to themselves by denying the existence of sin or good and evil because admitting to the existence of sin would make the atheist morally and spiritually accountable.

3. Atheists Suppress God in Their Life
Think about it. Why do atheists try to convert religious people to atheism? Why do they attempt to mock God and Christianity?
If they don’t believe in God, why do they feel the need to oppose anything that resembles the values of God & Christianity?
Psalms 14:1 says “A fool says in his heart “There is no God…”. Now that scripture isn’t saying that atheists can’t think or that they are not intelligent. However this scripture exposes the fact that it is foolishness for a person to deny the existence of a Creator in the face of such evidence.
Romans 1:20 says that no one is without excuse when it comes to the existence of God because nature itself and all of creation testifies that God exists.
It is foolishness to believe that every design does NOT have a designer.
Romans 1:22 says “Claiming to be wise, they became fools”.

Atheists should therefore be honest with themselves. They need to re-think the idea that the universe is a result of chance and coincidence. The complexity of the universe and life on earth is not an accident.
The atheist needs to consider the existence of God.

Why Did God Kill Innocent People in the Old Testament?

The atheist Richard Dawkins in his book called the God Delusion describes God as being a moral monster who is a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser.
Atheists basically argue that the God in the Old Testament killed many innocent people beginning from the flood that destroyed the earth to the people in Sodom & Gomorrah and then also the destruction of the Canaanite people where even women and children were destroyed.
Therefore these are the arguments that both atheists and skeptics put forward as an argument against the God of the Bible and justify that such a God cannot exist.

So the question is this is – is God a moral monster? Why did God command the death and destruction of people including children? Does God have the right to kill innocent people?

 

 

The above questions can be answered by understanding the following things:

Nobody is Innocent
There are no innocent people in the world. Everyone is guilty of some kind of wrong doing. Everyone has told a lie at some point in his/her life; everyone has had an impure thought; everyone has done some kind of wrong against his/her neighbor.
Before a just and holy God – nobody is innocent. Romans 2:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:10 says that there is nobody who is righteous.

Everyone Will Face Death
Everyone will die at some point in his/her life. Death came into existence because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Death is a curse that came upon the earth in which the Bible says “It’s appointed for man to die once, and after that comes death” according to Hebrews 9:27.
Therefore we will all face death whether it’s through sickness, a car accident or through old age. The important thing to understand is that it’s up to God to choose when we die and how we die.

Why Did God Destroy People?
Therefore when it came to situations where God would destroy people in the Old Testament, God was both sovereign and justified in doing so.
For example, when God caused the whole earth to flood with the exception of Noah and his family, the Bible says that the intents of man during Noah’s time was continuously evil (Genesis 6:5). Mankind had become so morally & spiritually corrupted in his conscience that his every thought and action was evil. Mankind had become irredeemable, unrepentant and his conscience was seared.
God’s only option to save humanity at that time was to flood the earth and save Noah & his family because they found grace in God’s eyes and they were not corrupted to the extent of the rest of mankind.

Another example is with the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Before the destruction of these cities, Abraham pleaded with God and interceded for the people that if there were at least a few righteous people in those cities that God would spare Sodom & Gomorrah from utter destruction (Genesis 18:16-33).
However there was none found righteous or innocent in Sodom & Gomorrah and so God destroyed them not only because they were sinners but because they were unrepentant and their sinful lifestyle would be infectious and detrimental to those people who lived outside those cities.

The same can be said also when God commanded the killing of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites (Deuteronomy 20:16-18).
These people had abominable and detestable cultures. The Canaanites for example were said to be people who had a culture of child sacrifice, beastiality and incest. These people were irredeemable and unrepentant.
God commanded their destruction so that they would not spread their abominable practices and culture to the Israelites.

Hopefully from the above explanation we can learn something about the nature of God and the nature of mankind. God is a just and sovereign God and He has the right to judge His own creation as He sees fit. Everyone will die and it’s up to God to choose when we will die and how we will die.
However, it is not God’s desire that anyone should perish in hell but instead His desire is that all people should repent and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9).
Therefore the most important thing is to have a relationship with God by believing in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Saviour because it is Jesus who paid for the sins of mankind on the cross (John 3:16).
Jesus Christ is the ONLY innocent person to have lived on the earth. He was without sin, and therefore this qualified Him to pay for our sins in order to redeem us (2 Corinthians 5:21).

 

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