A Challenge to My Atheist Friends
By Frank Viola
“Truly you are a God who hides himself, O God and Savior of Israel.” ~ Isaiah 45:15
The question of God’s existence has plagued philosophers and theologians for thousands of years. For that reason, I don’t have any canned answers on the question and I’m not about to solve the problem. But I do have some thoughts that may cause you to rethink your position and help you reach your own conclusions.
In a recent (and very controversial post) entitled There is No Proof of God’s Existence, I pointed out that the existence of God cannot be proven. That, however, doesn’t mean that God doesn’t exist. I believe He set the deck intentionally that He cannot be verified by empirical means. But God has provided clues in the universe — evidences — that confirm His existence to the believing.
That said, I have met many people that have struggled with believing in the reality of God. This is especially true for very intellectual people. They feel that there is zero proof for God’s existence. How can a person put faith in a God who cannot be seen, felt, heard, touched, or smelled with his or her physical senses?
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Some people deny God’s existence because they love their lifestyle. They surmise that if there were a God, they would have to be accountable to Him and change their behavior. As a result, they simply reject the notion that God exists so they would not have to feel accountable to anyone for their actions. For them, to believe that there is no God helps to appease their conscience in some way.
Others have experienced deep pain, sorrow and heartbreak in their lives. And many of them cannot understand why a good God would allow such things. A legitimate question and struggle, without doubt.
Even for the most devoted Christians, when tragedy strikes, faith is put into the salt-shaker.
No one can prove that God exists. Only evidences can be offered. I learned that early on.
When I first started down the path of being a Christian, I took a big interest in trying to convince my friends that God was real. Sometimes we would evaporate hours discussing the subject.
Enduring their antagonistic bombasts caused me to generate my own nagging doubts. It had gotten so bad that my path grew almost too dim to follow. But after processing the whole subject to near exhaustion, I discovered that I couldn’t deny that God exists, even if I tried…
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