Understanding Why Atheists Don’t Believe: 5 Reasons
Atheists, strictly speaking, are individuals who don’t believe in any God. Many are content enough to say simply, “I don’t believe” and leave religion alone while others like Richard Dawkins, the late Christopher Hitchens and thousands of YouTube commenters, actively seek to ridicule, belittle and even try to disprove an entity in which they don’t even believe! A few go so far as even trying to disprove the historical existence of Jesus. So why no love for our creator? I’ve identified five reasons why atheists are so stirred to anger by our Father, our savior and our helper.
1. Suffering: I won’t try to explain why God allows suffering because any words I could provide, especially to those who have recently experienced a great loss, would do little to satisfy their anguish nor could my words, through their pain, be read clearly enough to prove God’s existence. I will say only that the existence of suffering whether it be instigated through man’s free will, natural disasters, or disease does not disprove God nor does it challenge that he is all loving. Christian apologist, John Lennox, offers his much better insight on this through his presentation, “The Loud Absence: Where is God in Suffering?”
2. Religion causes all the wars: The 911 attacks provided material around which prominent atheists could rally and claim how throughout history and still today, like the 911 attacks, religion causes most conflicts. I’m nearly certain that our American Revolution and our Civil War were not waged in Jesus’ name. Additionally WWI and WWII could not be considered religious wars nor Korea or Vietnam. One might argue that Hitler was a Christian and he waged war against the Jews in Christ’s name but those close to him knew he secretly despised Christianity and pretended to be a believer to gain the people’s support. Regardless atheism is not blamed for Joseph Stalin’s slaughter of the Jewish people atheist though he was. Likewise Charles Darwin was not ravaged because Hitler desired to create a master race through Darwin’s theory of natural selection. We must also take care not to lump one religion in with others that may be more vocal about using violence to convert non-believers.
3. God is cruel: God permits slavery. God commands genocide. God allows babies to be murdered. As Christopher Hitchens one said, “God is a celestial North Korea.” Personally I find comparing God to an atheistic state to be ironic. To understand God’s actions one must understand the context in which they occur and we must also understand God’s justice…
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