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Why do we have atheists?

If you have been reading on my site, or have done research yourself, you might wonder, like I do, why we have atheists in the world.  With so much evidence for God’s existence, with the very intuitive belief that humans show toward the transcendent, why do we still have people who deny the existence of God?

Paul writes in Romans 1:18-20 that the evidence for God is clear.  He states that from the creation we should have a knowledge of God’s existence.  He goes on to say that individuals who do not recognize God exists will have no excuse when they stand before God.  The evidence is so clear that no one is able to deny God’s existence.

So why do we have atheists?

Paul states we have atheists because man suppresses the truth about God (Romans 1:18).  God’s truth is evident but man does not want to accept God’s truth so we suppress the knowledge of God that can be clearly seen.  In its place we attempt to create idols that can explain the evidence we see (is this not clearly seen in the new god of Naturalistic Science).

The saddest part of all of this is at some point if individuals continue to suppress the truth of God.  God will give them up.  At some point God allows them to have full assurance of this worldview with the results being the degradation of society.

We have atheists because people choose to suppress truth.

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  1. A few things that come to mind. You can’t really prove the nonexistence of something. If you live in remote part of the world, there are tons of things that you have no proof of their existence. That does not mean that they don’t exist. And God lives, for some, in the most remote of locations. And if you want proof of God from a secular point of view, explain how two rocks colliding can create a single celled organism that eventually turned into plants, dirt, water, oxogen, bugs, animals and humans. And let’s look at the human brain. We have the abilty with a hunk of fat in our heads to think, reason, control our bodies, distinguish sounds into communication. It is astonishing what we as humans alone are capable. God must be responsible.

  2. Wesley

    October 15, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Good words Matt. The problem that many people have today is that unless something can be proven using the scientific method then it is not reasonable. What is interesting is that “science” itself cannot be proven reasonable by this method. Naturalism has really hindered man’s intellectual prowess.

  3. I am an atheist because I see no compelling evidence for any God, and I find the Christian God to be logically contradictory on the basis that an omnipotent, omniscient, and all-good God would not create a world with unnecessary suffering.

  4. Wesley

    November 24, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Brian I guess we would disagree. I think the evidence is very compelling if you do not attempt to suppress it in some way.

    To me it is more difficult to understand how we have good without God? How are we able to reason between good and bad and determine something is good?

    I will later on this site deal with your big question of a God who is all powerful and good, but still allows suffering. For now though I would answer that suffering isn’t always “unnecessary” and that if humans had not have sinned then we would have no suffering.

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