What Atheists Say About God
Psalms 14:1 ESV
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
What do atheists say about God? What do they believe? Did God created the Heavens and the Earth – or shall we believe that man evolved from ape to human? The following below are some of the interesting things about what atheists say about God
1. God Does Not Exist
Atheists say that God is not real. They believe that God is a creation of man’s wild imagination and that he is as unreal as a unicorn.
Romans 1:19-20 – For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
You only need to objectively study creation itself to know and understand that neither man nor nature nor the universe could have existed without the hand of an Intelligent Maker. Everything that we can see and touch has a maker. If the car you drive; the mobile phone you use; the TV that you watch; the clothes you wear have a maker – how much so the trees, the animals, the stars, the mountains and so on. Therefore the existence of an intelligent Creator is evidenced by the fact that nothing can exist by itself without its maker.
2. God is Cruel & Uncaring
Atheists say that God does not love and that that He does not care. They perceive that if God is a loving Being, then He basically should not dictate any moral or spiritual rules and guidelines of how people and society should live their lives. To an atheist, a loving God would allow people the freedom to choose the manner in which they want to live.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 – I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
The reality is that God DOES NOT FORCE anyone to believe in Him. God has given us all the freedom to choose who we want to believe and what we want to believe. God does not force us to obey Him because unlike machines, we have free will. However, free will does not give us the authority to absolve ourselves from the consequences of our actions. Because in Deuteronomy 30:19,20 God clearly tells His people that they are free to choose between life and death, blessing and cursing. While God advises them to “choose life”, God however DOES NOT force them to choose life. Therefore whilst the atheist is free to disbelieve in God, there are however eternal and terrible consequences to such a choice.
3. God Did Not Create Anything or Anybody
Atheists argue that God could not have created anything because they perceive that He does not exist in the first place. Instead atheists believe in the theory of evolution and the big bang theory which are theories that basically exclude the existence of a Supreme, intelligent Being as being behind the creation process.
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Let us be reminded that Evolution and the Big Bang are THEORIES.
A Theory is defined as “an IDEA to explain something, or a set of guiding principles”.
Therefore a theory is by no means TRUTH or FACT but a theory is an idea or assumption to try and explain something such as an event or a condition, etc.
Therefore the theory of evolution and the big bang theory are simply ideas or assumptions but NOT truth. Although taught in schools, these 2 theories have many contradictory holes in them and fail to answer a number of important questions which will be dealt with in detail in a future article.
4. God’s Word and Principles Are Oppressive
Atheists say that God’s word, the Bible infringes on the individual rights and freedoms of people. They believe that God’s word should be disobeyed because the Bible is part of a conspiracy to control and hoodwink the masses. They argue that the Bible is inspired by man and not by God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
God’s scriptures are not meant to oppress but His word is meant to set us free from the deception and lies of the devil. John 8:32 says “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”.
Therefore deception binds and oppresses but God’s word sets us free from the bondage of false theories and false teachings.
Regardless of belief systems, there is no person, family, institution or society that cannot live without some sort of moral code or principle or rules. Even the unbeliever lives according to some kind of moral code whatever those value systems might be. Therefore the atheist argument that Christians should abandon godly and biblical values does not make sense. The word of God according to 2 Timothy 2:16,17 trains a person in RIGHTEOUSNESS and equips a person for every GOOD work.
5. God is Responsible for All the Suffering in the World
If God is so loving, why does He allow suffering? If God is so loving, why did He allow those people to get killed? I’m sure at some point in our lives we’ve all asked ourselves these type of questions. Even atheists continue to ask these type of questions and there is nothing wrong with such questions.
Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
The answer to such type of questions lies in the sinful condition of man and in the imperfect state of the world. Therefore suffering exists not because of what God has done – but because of what man has done. What has man done? Man sins against God; man steals from his neighbour; man murders his neighbor; man kills an unborn child whilst it is in the womb of a mother ; man emotionally and physically harms his neighbor; man commits adultery and destroys a marriage or relationship.
Basically the majority of the suffering in the world exists because what we as people do towards each other and not necessarily because of the incorrect atheist belief that God is a sadist who delights in the suffering of others.
2 Peter 3:9 – The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God wants EVERYBODY to repent and follow Him – including the atheist. However it is not God who fights for the right for the killing or abortion of an unborn child; It is not God who causes a man to commit adultery and thereby destroy a family in the process; It is not God who causes a person to steal from another. However it is the sinful and fallen nature of man that has caused suffering and it is one of the reasons why every person needs Jesus in their lives – so that we may love the way God loves us and so that we may live a life that please God and shows love to our neighbor.