BUNDLE OF INCONSISTENCIES IN ATHEISM
by David Cariaga
An atheist is “a person who does not believe in the existence of a god or any gods” (Merriam-Webster)
“Many people are atheists because of the way they were brought up or educated, or because they have simply adopted the beliefs of the culture in which they grew up. So someone raised in Communist China is likely to have no belief in God because the education system and culture make being an atheist the natural thing to do. Other people are atheists because they just feel that atheism is right.” BBC Religions
In atheism, there is no standards, no rule, no law and salvation. We are no better than our pets and any animal. We exist and when we die, we are nothing. No soul, spirit and definitely NO HEAVEN!
Atheists claim that there is no evidence for the supernatural.
As a Rebuttal: It is the fallacy of “begging the question” to limit the definition of “evidence” to the purely natural, and then use that definition to deny any evidence exists for the supernatural. It is actually a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, if you calibrate a thermometer to measure in the range of zero to 50 degrees, you can’t use it as evidence that nothing ever gets below zero or above 50.
So in order for atheists to prove their assertion that there is no evidence for the supernatural, they would have to devise a way to both affirm and falsify (disprove) the claim. And as one of their own famously said, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence”. So since a purely naturalist philosophy can never observe the supernatural, it cannot be used to disprove it. Just as the negative assertion “there is no God” cannot be either proved or falsified, neither can the assertion “there is no evidence for the supernatural”. (2017 Words of a Feather)
Ex-atheist, Dr Carl Wieland, Managing director of Creation Ministries International is right when he says, “to believe the Bible was not to commit intellectual suicide, but was the logical and consistent position to adopt.” But to an atheist, he has no respect for those Christians who were not willing to defend the Bible’s history, rather saying that “God used evolution” and the like. “The argument is not, and never has been, about ‘the facts’ relating to origins”, Dr Wieland said. “Rather it is all about how the facts are interpreted. Atheists use a framework that begins by rejecting God and His Word. Although they present themselves as rationalists and free thinkers, they are in fact bound by their biases.”
Romans 1:20-22(NIV) aptly sums it up:
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. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.
Our belief in God’s existence is in harmony with history, man’s mental and moral nature, as well as the nature of the universe. It’s the most logical and feasible world view there is. Even if there are doubts, the evidence for the proposition is better than the evidence against it. Atheism solves no problems and answers no questions, but God’s existence fits the facts of Scripture, knowledge and science. In some way, a man discovers himself when he discovers God, and he discovers in God something identical within himself. On the other hand, Atheism is unbelievable. It tells a lie and asks us to believe the unbelievable and tells us it’s true. If we start to discuss truth, it tells us nothing is true, nothing can be known. Confused as I am with their stand, I would like to take Dr. Jason Lisle when he says, “Because an atheist does believe in God, but does not believe that he believes in God , he is simply a walking bundle of inconsistencies.”
The most wonderful and greatest thing about God, is that He showed how much He loved us, and that He was willing to give His Son to suffer to save us,so that we can have the hope of eternal life. From the time of creation, the Bible spoke about Jesus with the Father, and His coming to earth was predicted many times in Old Testament prophecy. He came to live with us. His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension are historical facts, and were witnessed by hundreds of people. Jesus is not an imagination of a fairy tale. He is our Saviour, the Son of God who taught us the way to heaven.
David Cariaga is the pulpit minister at the Convoy Avenue Church of Christ in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.