A conversation with an atheist…
The very statement that you do not believe that the God that I worship to be real, is a contradiction in itself. Let me explain to you what I mean by that. Based on your statement, you recognize that I believe in God. A Being who is perfect in every single way, and that cannot possibly be improved upon. For you to be able to understand of such a Being but do not believe that He exists in reality doesn’t make any sense. Let me break it down for you. If you can understand of the God I speak of. And if you can comprehend the thought of a Being who is absolutely perfect, that cannot be improved upon. Then by the definition of your understanding of God, He must exist in reality, or He would be less than perfect, and could be improved upon. Because if something is perfect but does not exist, it would only be surpassed by perfection in reality. So if you understand the concept of a God that cannot be improved upon, then how is it possible for it not to be real, because that would be an improvement on the understanding you have of God.
To believe that everything in existence came about as a series of random events takes more faith that it does for someone to believe that God is in fact the creator of everything. Starting with the obvious, I assume that you can understand that it is impossible for something to come from absolutely nothing. With that fact established, when you push the course of time’s events back far enough, you eventually must come to a beginning. How can nothing, create everything? Then I would think the only rational explanation is that something had to exist before everything, outside of our understanding of time and authority. To believe that everything that has ever existed or ever will exist is the result of a random explosion that birthed everything for no reason, is ludicrous. Okay, say that I can accept that somehow scientifically an explosion would create all things, I would be forced to ask you, “What caused that explosion”. I mean this explosion took place before there was anything… how can that be?
For a moment, let’s put aside the question of the very beginning of things, and let’s take a look at right now. If you believe that everything around us is the result of completely random events with no purpose or design, then I would like for you to look at a single cell. If you were to put that cell under a powerful microscope you would see what appears to be a little machine. All of the parts and pieces of this “random” thing working so intentionally, with such purpose and function.To look at our most basic of building blocks and to see that it works like a machine. Something that was intentionally constructed for a purpose. How can random events produce such order? If we were to wait 3 trillion years, do you think it is possible for car engine to be created by nature? If enough random events happen for long enough is it possible for a piece of machinery to just be created?
How can you explain the beauty everywhere around us? How are we even able to understand the concept of beauty? Why is it that if you were to look at a painting of a sunset, and an actual sunset, that the real one seems to speak to you on a deeper level somehow. Like something in your soul is rejoicing, just because the earth’s rotation has caused the sun to not be seen for a few hours, just like everyday. But we see these things every day of our life, and they still speak to us, into us. To see such beauty, and for it to speak to you on such a level that cannot be expressed, shows that the world is pointing towards its Creator, Even if those that choose not to believe in God, experience something that they cannot explain, a connection with the world around them, a connection with their Creator.
Now I would like to talk about us for a second. As humans we all seem to be built with the same sense of right and wrong. Whether an atheist, christian, muslim or scientologist, we all have a very similar understanding of what is right, wrong, good or bad. To murder is bad, but why is it bad? Yes if you get caught you will spend the rest of your life in prison. But what if you knew without a doubt that you would not be caught, would it cease to be bad? No, because deep down inside of us, the thought of a woman or a child being raped or murdered is offensive to everything that we are, why is that? We don’t have to be taught to be repulsed by these things, it is just who we are. To be in such agreement on the very concepts that guide who we are and what we do, that must lead us to realize that there must be a Law Giver who instilled in us the ability to differentiate between the two, otherwise why would we even care? Look at it this way, If there was no authority or law giver in a land or country, that would result in anarchy, correct? For all of us to have the same sense of what is good and what is bad, points without a doubt to one Lawgiver, who made the decision for us, otherwise there wouldn’t be right and wrong, because everybody would would choose differently, and if nobody could agree what what was right, it would cease to be right and it would just be.
It seems that an atheist’s go to response for why they don’t believe in God, is it takes to much faith. To these people I say, It takes more faith to believe that He doesn’t exist.
Written by: Justin Ludwig
3 thoughts on “Defending the Faith, Standing Up For Christ”
Oh Boy, as an atheist, it’s not like we don’t hear these tired arguments time and time again.
God being “perfect”, would be Justin Ludwig’s opinion, not the atheist. The atheist recognizes that JL believes in god that does not mean he agrees with his definition of god.
How the universe came to existence covers the cosmological argument, the answer to that will always be, who created the creator. If one would want to argue this, they could argue that this “god” is not necessarily a christian god. Or the “God” could have been a “Big Bang”.
Sense of right and wrong is something that is developed over time. For example, laws are created. We could also go back to early “Caveman” times and see a caveman tossing a child up in the air because it laughts, then oops, it falls down a cliff and dies, the caveman learns that this was something they should avoid in the future.
Standing up for Christ? It just sounds like you are looking for reasons to bash an atheist. But there are many other religions and worldviews that don’t believe in Jesus and may not believe in a god (or your god). Will you be attacking them all?
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I find it interesting how you feel like you are being attacked. I don’t share to put you down, or any other religions. I merely share to explain my faith and what it is all about. It seems like the only one with any hostility would be you. You may not want to hear it brother, but I love you brother and am sorry you feel this way.
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You may be right, brother. Normally when someone posts similar arguments using the Atheist tag, as you have done, they are doing it to attack atheists or have an ulterior motive. My answers are still the same, the assumption has been dropped.
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