So why can’t there be any such thing as an “Atheist?” What is the definition for Atheist: “One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.” There cannot be any such thing as Atheist because as it says in Romans (1:19-20) “since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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. ”
People are “Without excuse” and “since the creation of the world!” That’s very interesting – in fact astounding! How can it be that if there is no excuse for not believing in God, so many don’t? Has He truly “revealed” himself and made Himself known? Well, the average person out there who is an Atheist would say there is no evidence for God. All I say to that is “Are they BLIND?” Romans 1 (the passage above and some other bits of it) talks about what is referred to as “Natural revelation.” The natural world testifies to the existence of God. We talk about a universe that has laws and principles, like a finely tuned watch with billions of galaxies, and each of those having billions of stars, and all falling into some semblance of “order” that must have been set up just so such that we can be here pondering it all. Isn’t that amazing?
One of the most famous statements of any philosopher is the proposition: “I think therefore I am” (“Cogito ergo sum” in Latin) put forth by Rene’ Descartes in his Discourse on Method (1637). What he really could have said was “I think, therefore God exists.” To this, the typical atheist would stomp out and declare me to be insane. Why? Because I “presuppose” the existence of God to complete my arguments, and therefore my conclusions are not valid. Logic, in any “Christian” sense is declared invalid by the “Modern” philosophers because they take away any such “presupposition of God’s existence.”
But, as we have seen from the book of Romans, God exists, the evidence for his existence is the natural world all around us! There is too much complexity, too much evidence of God in the design and workings of the universe for there not to be a God! As I so often do, I will refer you to the Cosmological proof of God’s existence where we assume the universe to be causal, that each action has a reaction, and that each cause must in turn have had a cause all the way back to the beginning, but what was the “First cause?” That could only have been God.
Or, let’s examine the “Big Bang.” Dr. Einstein proved that the electromagnetic shift exists, and that it shows that objects (light/stars) are in motion, a red shift indicates motion away from you in a relative sense. Dr. Hubble further showed that the stars in the universe, and in all the galaxies are all red shifted, meaning they are all moving away from us, and in fact, moving away from each other! This could only possibly be true if they all in fact came from a single point source, therefore, the big bang. But, if it did all really come from one point, then logically that proves more that God spoke and “Bang!” it happened, than it does that the universe (something) came from nothing. Folks, you cannot, according to anybody’s set of laws or mathematics, put zero on one side of the equation and one on the other – but that is what atheists want us to believe.
Thus, according to all we’ve learned about Cosmology, and Thermodynamics, and Physics, and Astrophysics, the universe cannot possibly have come into some “spontaneous” state from a “non-existent” state. Can’t happen. God created it, pure and simple. It all points to God! Or to be “Politically correct” as some scientists are now admitting, an “Agent” from outside the system (the universe) acted to “Create” it and therefore set it up the way it is. Thus, according to all we know and all we’ve learned in our 6,000 or so years of learning and accumulating knowledge, the “evidence” points to the existence of God. I don’t have to “presuppose” His existence in order to prove to an atheist that he is going to Hell. God already did that for me.
The Bible then is a record of God’s redemptive plan of salvation for mankind. It is a letter from God to us to tell us that He loves us and sent His son to die for us, and that He does not want us to go to Hell, but will let us go there, if that is what we want. It’s your “choice.” Where do you want to go when you die? If you’re an atheist, you had best think it through. There really is no such thing as an atheist, therefore, only people who fail to grasp the reality of the universe, I choose to think of them as “Those who deny God’s existence because they want to be in control.” Folks, that’s the same thing that happened in the Bible in Genesis chapter 3! Adam and Eve were promised by the serpent (he lied) that they could be “Like God.” Sorry, you can’t be in charge, that road leads only to Hell. It’s a sad road, littered with all kinds of good intentions, well-meaning people who have had the notion that they could change their world somehow, but without God.
The only real change is when you choose faith in Jesus Christ and He lights up your world with truth and sets you free from sin and bondage. We call that salvation, and when it happens in a large set of folks all at the same time, we call it revival. We need revival, right here, right now. In the United States, in our state, California, in our city Los Angeles. It’s happened before. We pray for a “Baptism of the Holy Spirit.” I pray the Lord will use me, my family, my church, and we will be part of it. Then, we will change our world – one heart at a time.