If you ever find yourself interacting with an atheist in normal, everyday conversation, they can be really nice and cordial people. However, if the topic of God should ever come up, there are some of them who do a serious Jekyll & Hyde with fangs and claws showing. But should that ever happen to you as a Christian, just remain calm about it, keeping in mind the God we serve is the Almighty who is loving and merciful to sinners.
What we have to understand about atheists is that beneath their denials of the God they really deep down inside know exists, there is a lot of pent up resentment and bitterness. Resentment and bitterness, as many of us know, can take you down a path where reason is not always a high priority even when the resentful, bitter person seemingly portrays thoughtful reasoning.
There are atheists who are resentful about the fact that we can prove God’s existence beyond a reasonable doubt. They also hate the fact we can point out what atheism can’t account for, like the existence of morals and logic and the concept of beauty, which cannot be quantified scientifically. So upset over the fact we highlight these weaknesses, some of them come up with questions to Christians that are smokescreens and have no real substance. One such question is “Why Does God Exist?”
Atheists will talk about us believing in a Consciousness who has intelligent thoughts, emotions, always existed, and is the way he is with no possible reason and no possible cause. So, they ask, why does God exist? The question is asked as if to say, “Well, if you can’t explain why God exists, then that negates your whole belief system and shows how worthless it is.” But this question is bad logic for the following reasons:
- The fact a person may not know WHY someone or something exists, does not negate the fact that that someone or something DOES exist. There are many celestial bodies in the universe and we haven’t begun to scratch the surface of why they exist, but we know they do exist. Many atheists believe in extraterrestrials even though there exists no proof other planets have ever been inhabited and they can’t tell you why extraterrestrials exist. But still they insist on this view in blind faith, whereas belief in God is founded on fact-based faith.
- Atheists pop this question as if to assume mankind has complete knowledge of everything there is to know about our world and the universe we’re in. Human knowledge is finite. Our universe is extremely complex. We don’t have all of the answers to all of the questions about our universe, but that doesn’t mean we will never have some of the answers since we’re always discovering new things. We may not know the WHY about black holes, for instance, but we know enough to know some of their traits and that they exist.
- If our finite universe is so complex that our finite knowledge doesn’t know the WHY about everything in the universe and our world, how is it that we should be expected to answer every WHY about the God who created it all, when his power and complexity is way beyond every force and celestial body in our universe?
This tactic of the atheist is similar to what the woman at the well did when Jesus brought up her sin. She attempted to point out what she perceived as weaknesses in the beliefs of true Jews. Jesus then pointed out the weaknesses in her argument and went right back to his message of salvation, stating that she needed to worship God in spirit and in truth. Atheists bring up such questions because they don’t want to be confronted about their lying, cursing, fornication, drunkenness, drug use, or other sins, so it’s a ruse to try to distract us from telling them they need Jesus.