“In the beginning, God…” (Genesis 1:1)
That's the first phrase of the very first verse of the Bible. Nowhere does the Bible try to prove the existence of God. He is. Period. Deal with it, earthlings.
Atheists are certain that we mindless believers in God and an afterlife have never considered the superior evidence for the positions they hold. Surely, if we did, they think, we would renounce the church and join them.
Most of the solid believers I know have considered atheism at one time or another. I did, while in my early twenties. I investigated the teachings of atheism – at the same time I investigated the teachings of Christianity – and uncovered deep, life changing truths. After I thought about the ramifications of it all, I made my choice to stand with the company of believers.
I’ve never regretted it. Here’s why:
1. As a general rule, atheists tend to be a pretty miserable group of people, while the best Christians I know are also the most put-together, positive, and effective people in the room. While Christian people are filled with flaws, as the Lord’s people they also seem to be the best-mannered, generous, goal-oriented achievers anyone could know. If you look at the product of atheism and Christianity, there is no contest.
2. I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist. Choosing to believe that this entire universe originated out of nothing and will end by chance requires more faith than this small town Florida boy from Bagdad can muster.
3. Some very smart people – much smarter than me – scholars – have investigated Christianity and have concluded its validity. While a large portion of Christian people have never investigated various apologetic aspects – i.e., evidence for the resurrection, the historical accounts of Jesus Christ, the integrity of Scripture, etc – a great many have. Christianity is verifiable… and it can withstand debate by the highest critical thinkers. Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, for instance, said, “Christianity is the only world religion that has come through the scientific revolution and emerged intact.”
4. I have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Following this line of reasoning with me: If God does not exist, then when I get to the end of my life I have lost nothing. My lights simply go out and that’s the end. On the hand, if God does exist and there is a final judgement, then the atheist is in a great deal of trouble when he opens his eyes on the other side. What about that can they not see?
5. The fruit of both atheism and Christianity is evident. No movement on the face of the earth has built more schools, more orphanages, more hospitals, colleges, rehabilitation centers, shelters for the homeless, and relieved more human suffering than the Church and Christianity! Does anyone know of any charitable ministry started by the godless atheists? Show me one, and I can show you hundreds of hospitals, colleges, children’s homes, and crisis centers begun by Christ-followers. The fruit of Christianity is superior.
6. There are the miracles. When I consider the existence of Holy Scripture, (the uniformity of them, the prophecies, the clarity, and a thousand other aspects), the existence of the Man from Galilee (His birth, life, death, and resurrection; His teachings and promises, etc), the existence of the Church (so flawed, without its divine nature, surely it would have vanished long ago), and the existence of honest inquiry among believers (a sure sign, if you ask me, that God’s people are into Truth and nothing else), then I am convinced these miracles are proof of God's existance. They are evidence enough.
7. My testimony – and yours – on the power of God that changed our lives. My life was dramatically and eternally altered when I was in my mid-20s. I shudder to think where I would be right now if not for having such an encounter with Jesus Christ. And I have seen this miracle (of life change) tens of thousands of times over during my lifetime and ministry. Surely, there is something powerful to this thing called the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Point out my flaws, and I will not argue with you. I am still full of them. My only reply is that my life is so much more than it would have been without Christ.
I could not be an atheist on my worst day. God has done far too much for me to be so ungrateful.
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