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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Responding To Atheists: The God I Know

In my travels through Cyberspace I've had the opportunity to engage in fervent discussion with several fellow travelers of the, shall we say Atheistic persuasion. And the one thing most of them seem to have in common is an arrogant disdain for anything Christian.

Why is that I wonder?

I am a Christian. Have been for 20 years actually August 11th 2008 was my 20th anniversary of receiving Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. It happened in my living room on a Thursday evening surrounded by my wife and three other really great friends, but that's another story, for another time.

I recently wrote an article and published it online, it's entitled, "Speaking in Tongues: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Pt 2" and is the second part to an article written to help Christians who may want to experience Holy Spirit baptism and begin speaking in tongues, but don't know how to go about it.

This article has spawned close to 100 comments so far, a lot of which were written by my fellow Atheist Cyber-pilgrims.

Why do Atheists feel they have to respond to everything Christian on the web? That's the question needling me in the back of my head for a while now.

I wasn't thinking about it consciously but this morning as I began waking up these thoughts were swimming around my mind and I decided to put pen to paper or more accurately, finger to keyboard and share my thoughts with the Cyber-community and especially with my God-denying comrades.

So, here in my own words is a little bit of info about the God I know; the God with whom I have been sharing a personal and intimate relationship for the past 20 years.

You cannot prove God exists!!!

I've heard that famous Atheistic challenge spewed more than once.

The thing is, I don't feel the need to prove anything to anyone. Believe what you want, that's your funeral.

However, for the record, I don't just believe God exists, I know He does! He's my friend, we have a relationship.

I've been walking and talking with Him for 20 years. If I were to stand here and tell you I only believe but I'm not totally sure He's real I'd be a crazy man.

Whom have I been speaking with every day for 20 years of my life? Whom have I been having daily conversations with ever since I was first introduced to Him on Thursday August 11th 1988 at about 4:30PM in my living room?

I know exactly who He is, He is the Lord Jesus Christ, God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth! He is the Holy Spirit who lives inside me imparting eternal life moment by moment, He's God the Father who shows me daily what a real father is supposed to be like.

There's one other thing I find consistent with most Atheists. For the most part they seem to be highly educated and intelligent people. They can carry their own in almost any conversation and debate the issues with relevant points of reference.

I like that.

What I don't like is when they assume that Born Again Christians are by definition mindless religious drones that have all been lobotomized and need to be viewed with patronizing scorn and treated with veiled contempt.

That rankles me - Especially when the Christian world-view is infinitely more sensible than the Atheistic.

It's interesting to me that most of the Atheists I've spoken with seem to think there's something inherently foolish in one believing in and worshipping God and believing in the Bible and the Lord Jesus Christ when many of earth's foremost scholars share these very beliefs.

For instance, when asked the question: "Do you accept the historical Jesus?"

Here's what one noted scientist answered:

"Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

This same scientist further stated:

"In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."

Who was this scientist?

You may have heard of him, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to Quantum Theory and for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.

He is one of the founders of modern physics and the author of the Theory of Relativity. In December 2000 he was named "the personality of the second millennium."

His name is Albert Einstein; arguably the smartest man that ever lived, after King Solomon and Jesus, of course.

My Atheist friend, the next time you're tempted to call a Christian by some derogatory name, make a snide remark about his faith or insinuate that he or she is not playing with a full deck, I advise you to think carefully before speaking.

There's a saying that goes, "It is better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt."

"Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance"

"This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of His dominion He is wont to be called Lord God."

This is the God I know, the same One who wakes me up every morning, the very One who protects me when I don't even realize I need protecting. He's also the same God with whom I get angry at times when I think He's being unfair or moving too slow to bring me something I desperately want.

He's the same God who sees me with all my human weaknesses and inconsistencies and loves me in spite of it all, He's the One who respects me even when I don't think I deserve respect, who always lifts me up and encourages me especially when I don't feel like going on.

This is the God I know.

This is the same God who died for you and I so that each of us might have a chance at redemption.

This God is real and has a plan for each of our lives, one that if followed will reap for us both temporal and eternal benefits.

This is the God I know.

By the way; that entire quote above from the words, "Atheism is so senseless" to "He is wont to be called Lord God" aren't my words.

Those words were actually spoken by Sir Isaac Newton.

In case you don't know who he is, let me introduce you.

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian. He's the founder of Classical Physics and Infinitesimal Calculus.

His "PhilosophiƦ Naturalis Principia Mathematica" published in 1687, is said to be the greatest single work in the history of science. In this work, Newton described universal gravitation and the three laws of motion, laying the groundwork for classical mechanics, which dominated the scientific view of the physical universe for the next three centuries and is the basis for all modern engineering.

He's the one who said, "Atheism is senseless!"

What do you think about that? Is Sir Isaac Newton a mindless drone who can't think for himself and needs religion to comfort his feeble mind? What say you?

Call me stupid for being a Christian and believing the Bible but if I were you my Atheist friend, I would pay attention to who's agreeing with Christians, before I open my mouth.

By: Everest John Alexander


Everest John Alexander is a Minister/Author/Entrepreneur in public
ministry for over 17 years, Pastoring for 4 years. He's married to his
best friend, Loraine and together they have two children, Andrew and
Jade. His first book is called, "Understanding The 3 Levels of
Salvation: Spirit, Soul & Body". You can listen to his Voice Blog,
read his Articles and download his free Ebooks at: www.Kingdomlearning.com


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Einstein was Jewish. He also went to great lengths to deny that he believed in a personal god.
"I believe in Spinoza's God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings."
Albert Einstein