Every now and again I poke around on Atheist forums, fan pages, etc. I find much of what they say over and over again to be redundant, nonsensical, and based on wishing and hoping they are right (although they would never admit this). They are a very prideful group of folk that seek a pat on the back for their “scientific” understanding of things. And while many of them may possibly confound the average Christian with their big words and scientific knowledge, we know that they are missing the really BIG picture. They don’t understand our faith at all, although many THINK they do. Which is why I’m writing this; to expose and refute some of the “MYTHS” that atheists believe about Christianity.
First, let me say that science is and always has been based on things of the Bible. The Bible of Christianity gave us clues to things of the universe in which science hadn’t even discovered until AFTER the writings of the bible. For example Christopher Columbus wanted to prove the earth was round in the late 1400’s when in fact it was in 240 B.C. that Eratosthenes of Cyrene (an ancient Greek astronomer) concluded the earth was round through experiments he did with the sun and shadows that were created by it. However, we see in the book of Isaiah this knowledge was given Isaiah 400-500 years prior to even Eratosthenes as we can see in the following verse:
It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
The word circle here is translated from the Hebrew word “chuwg ” – which means circle or sphere. This writing didn’t come from an astronomer or even a scientist, but a follower of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Isaiah was a prophet of the Land of ancient Israel, foretelling many prophecies about the land that later became true in 100% detail.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
The word innumerable comes from the Greek word “anarithmētos” – unable to number. The author(s) of the book of Hebrews are suspected to be Luke, Barnabas and possibly Apollos, but remains unknown for sure. All three were Jews conformed to Christianity. In both instances, we see that the knowledge of the universe came first from those of Jewish heritage, the blessed chosen of our God – the God of Christianity, NOT worldly scientists.
ONE MUST ASK THEMSELVES, IF GOD REVEALS HIS TRUTHS THROUGH HIS WORD, AND SCIENTISTS AREN’T ABLE TO PROVE THE BIBLE CLAIMS UNTIL SOMETIMES THOUSANDS OF YEARS LATER, IS IT POSSIBLE SCIENTISTS JUST HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO PROVE THAT GOD EXISTS YET BECAUSE THEY JUST AREN’T THAT SMART YET? That is what appears to be the case in history. Yes, mentally men are evolving in scientific discoveries, but that’s pretty much the extent of our “evolution”.
Now to expose some MYTHS that some Atheists believe about Christianity:
1. GOD IS A FAIRY TALE. I can see how some would say this. It’s hard to believe in something we cannot see or one that science cannot measure. But our faith doesn’t come from any other proof outside of our personal EXPERIENCE with Him. We as true believers cannot EXPLAIN these experiences as they are of the “supernatural”. Changes occur within us at the time of salvation that cannot be measured by any scientific method, thus it is a personal experience. It is THESE experiences that EACH of us can attest to, that makes our faith unshakeable and durable. It is only through the gift of the Holy Spirit that we can experience this when we accept Jesus as our Savior. Muslims cannot claim this, nor can Buddhists, or any other religion in the world. This is what makes our faith stand out above all the rest.
1 Corinthians 1:18 [ Christ the Power and Wisdom of God ] For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Our God is a LIVING God. One that we can communicate with (not AT), on a daily basis. Even converting Muslims will attest to this as even today, many are having visions of Jesus and realizing that He IS who He has always claimed to be. Many are being challenged today to pray to OUR God instead of Allah to see if He answers and every time He does. 90% of all Muslim conversions have converted because they have called upon Jesus to see if He would answer, and then they have said that He did, in visions and dreams. This is something Allah or Buddha or any other god has never been able to claim. This Muslim testimony is HUGE because their faith is one of strict laws and adherence. Muslim conversions in some cases cost that Muslim their family, their home, their inheritance and more. The power of Christ is bigger than any other that it would make even the biggest doubters and haters go to Him and lose everything they have known for Him. Yeah, He’s just THAT BIG.
2. CATHOLICISM IS CHRISTIANITY. Wrong! (I have to add this because it seems to be fueling much controversy: I am NOT stating here that “CATHOLICS ARE NOT CHRISTIANS”. What I AM stating here is that rites and rituals and certain beliefs within the Catholic religion are NOT biblical. I hope this satisfies my critics.) There are many “denominations” or branches of Christianity, but not all teach properly what the Bible says. As a matter of fact, the Bible clearly warns of the evils of some of the Catholic practices. Forbidding any worker of the church or anyone else to marry is (as quoted in the following verse) a doctrine of devils:
1 Timothy 4
4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry (Catholicism), and commanding to abstain from meats (Muslims with Pork), which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
I will not deny an atheist when they speak of Catholicism or Mormonism or even Islam, because they are in essence correct about those “RELIGIONS”, but when it comes to Christianity in the sense of following the bible in it’s entirety, I will defend it to the death because the atheist claims of the true born again Christian are just false.
3. CHRISTIANS ARE NON-THINKING BOBBLE HEADS/sheeple/indoctrinated. As one can clearly see in just this blog alone, we Christians are NOT non-thinking. As a matter of fact, some of us are far deeper thinkers on many different levels. Some of us DO follow science, history, and do seek to not only prove our faith, but to disprove others. Many of us are extremely intelligent people who don’t go around following Christian preachers and teachers, but study everything for ourselves, in all aspects of life – spiritual and physical. I think it takes a far deeper thinker to ponder the wonderment of a God we cannot see, than to follow the teachings of men we’ve learned about in college or high school.
Our faith is one of choice,(just like the atheist makes their choice on their faith) but it’s one that once we make it, and are shown the truth about God through the Holy Spirit, that we never deny Him again. The Bible even declares this:
John 10:28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand
Peter may have denied Jesus 3 times at His hearing, but once Peter saw the resurrected Christ, he never denied Him again. As a matter of fact it is believed that Peter was crucified for his faith, only hung upside down, and martyred like many of the other disciples, and even many Christians today. One must ask, why IS it that Christians are so very hated throughout the world and history? And what makes our faith so strong that even when facing our own death, we don’t denounce it. I know why that is, do you?
4. CHRISTIANS DESIRE PERSECUTION. I have to laugh when I see an atheist proclaim this as it is sheer nonsense. Who in the world would WANT to be persecuted for their faith? Even Muslims don’t want that – but some of them DO believe that to hurt and kill others (those outside of Islam) through their own death (suicide bombings, etc) is FOR their god Allah. We Christians have never, nor ever will have any desire to be persecuted for our faith. We know that we are blessed when we are, but that doesn’t mean we “desire” it or even seek it. That’s like saying a soldier who goes off to war wishes to be killed because they wish to serve their country. We stand strong in our persecution just as a soldier does in war to make a statement….it’s called having PASSION for something we believe in. I wonder if an atheist had a gun to his head and was asked to deny his belief in Darwin or Karl Marx, would he? Would an atheist have the confidence in his beliefs to give his life for Charles Darwin or Karl Marx?
We Christians don’t seek death, in any way shape or form, not for us or others. This claim is a completely irrational belief and misunderstanding on the atheists part with this one. And I hate to say it but they claim we argue about things such as science that we know absolutely nothing about (because – according to them – if we did, we would turn from our faith and see how ridiculous it really is.) Yet, doesn’t it appear that the atheist really has no clue what they themselves argue about in “religion”?
1 Corinthians 2:13-15
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Plain and simply, two different belief systems based on FAITH – which one is right, which one is wrong?
If atheists are right, Christians have nothing to lose. If Christians are right, the atheist has eternity to lose. It’s just that simple.
“An atheist stays an atheist until his plane starts going down.”
I would like to challenge any non-believer reading this to ask Jesus from your heart to reveal Himself to you. It has to be an earnest request, from the heart, and see if what I say in this is true about “personal experience”. If you refuse, I then have to ask “what are ya, chicken?!” Afraid we might be right? Try it, it might just change your life forever. 😀
Peace to you all, in love as always, today and every day.