Well here we go. I have the germ of an idea. I hope it doesn’t turn into an infection.
I got to thinking about atheists the other day. There are some atheists who write books filled with vitriolic diatribes against all religions and especially against Christianity. They are so mad at us and see religion, especially Christianity, as the cause of everything bad in the world. These are the ones who get all the attention. I know there are other atheists who have come to a conclusion that there is no god and we are on our own but they don’t make a big thing out of it. I appreciate that and I appreciate that there are all kinds of atheists. But in spite of that I have made some hasty generalizations about atheists.
- Atheists are well educated
The writers of those books all seem to have a long list of credentials. It seems that a lot of atheist ideas get planted in college.
- Atheists are affluent
There are two kinds of cars that have atheist bumper stickers: fairly expensive cars like Volvos and old beat up cars (usually Subarus). You get the feeling the Subarus are driven by people who have renounced capitalism and all private property but who are the children of affluence and they can run home when they need a meal.
I told you they were hasty generalization.
- Atheists are very sure of themselves
Atheists are sure they are right. This is not something they believe. This is something they know.
Atheists think people who believe in religion, especially Christianity, are ignorant and deluded. We are using religion as a crutch. We are weak. I see it another way.
I see atheists as people who have put all their trust in their own resources. They trust their education. They trust their wealth. They believe in their intelligence and their ability to come to rational conclusions. And they know they have reached the right conclusion. They know the truth.
So what’s my position? Where do I stand? I’ll tell you.
I believe there is a God. I believe He sent His Son to earth to die on the cross for me. I believe He rose again and through Him I can have eternal life. But here’s the difference. I can’t say I know in the sense I know two plus two equals four. I can’t prove any of it to anybody else. I can’t refute the claims of atheism. But I do know. In the depths of my soul I know beyond doubt. That’s not ignorance speaking. That’s just knowing. And I couldn’t turn away from it if I wanted to.