If you were an Atheist and did not believe in God, what would you believe in or who? Recently I have had some banter with people, who claim to be Atheist in their religious beliefs. I should have asked the all-important question…What do you believe in?
Instead, I found myself on the defensive so much, that my emotional side shortly disabled my logical side. You see, I love God and I love Jesus Christ! The emptiness of my life without them seems devastatingly bleak. Therefore, I could not imagine anyone, even an Atheist, wanting to be without Him.
During our conversations, my impression was a feeling of their “brain superiority” to Christians and that they seemed unemotional about their lives. I probably appeared emotional and childlike in my beliefs of “fairy tales” and “myths”, to them. Understanding their superior feelings is easy though, especially to a female Southerner. For around two hundred years Southerners appeared ignorant and stupid, because our ways are slow, methodical, family based, and culture inspired. We can be intriguing and confusing at the same time.
One warning, never underestimate a Southern woman, she has more cunning and lives than a cat. She can be praying one moment, taking you to task another, beguiling you into her way of thinking, manage a household, and operate her own business. She will do it with impeccable manners, keen instincts, unmatchable wit, and brains. We have evolved, too!
Now, as a Christian, there is a part of my brain, perplexed by an Atheist belief system. Without God, the parameters of our universe were accidental circumstances of gasses, explosions, and snot-like asexual creatures, which evolved into humans. Then these same humans developed the parameters, which measure everything else in our world like math and science. Even to my sense of logic, I do not see how it could happen. Oh, I know how evolutionists say it happened and have watched their scientific overheads.
So, when I, talk to an Atheist, about a God who planned and created the universe, they become perplexed. Because with God nothing is accidental, not even the Atheist’s life. Then there is the explanation of Jesus, God’s Son, who became man to save all men. The planning, just to get Him here, is mind blowing. In reading the bible, you see the conditions which formed each historical footstep; from Moses and Joshua, Rahab (a prostitute) and her family, King David, Elizabeth’s pregnancy of John the Baptist, and Mary a pregnant virgin. In the Archaeological world, there is hard evidence of these events and people actually existing. I have to ask the Atheist, if the evolutionist scientists have taken an asexual amoeba, sped up its evolution and produced a man yet?
Maybe what is hard to understand about our Christian God, is the fact of His all-consuming love for us. We were His creation, designed by love for His love. Now, I am not a Christian who believes in my God in a candy coated way. I believe He angers, He teaches, He punishes, and He forgives, all to get us back into a relationship with Him.
I can see where believing in someone wanting the very best for you could be difficult, especially if your own life has been tough and tragic. Moreover, to trust that one day you will understand your life and know all, yet right now, you have to accept it as you see it. While, living mostly on faith for what is to come and what will be. I can also understand our human arrogance convincing us we make our own way and live life on our own terms. However, do we?
I know how difficult it is to visit a church full of clicks and where they make you feel like an outsider and unwanted. The snobbery of Christianity can be very unappealing and disconcerting. Or have the “better” Christians decide you undeserving of forgiveness, while fully expecting mercy and grace always be given to them. Some might become an Atheist for these very reasons.
However, if you have ever known a Christian, full of the Holy Spirit, who eats, lives, and breathes Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, you have viewed a small sliver of God. Their face has an unusual glow and their peaceful demeanor refreshes your worldly weariness. God is there and you know it!
In all of my banter with the Atheists, I forgot something very important. To love them, and give mercy and grace, as God gives it to me. In my arrogant attitude and my own sinful nature, I lost my Christianity and became something of this world. When, this world is not my true home. For a moment, I was lost.
I have one last question…Have you loved an Atheist today?