Atheists make up approximately three percent of the American population. Yet, with their affluence and legal challenges towards anything that they say would violate the First Amendment, they are made to appear to us as though they are the majority. After all, with organizations like the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), atheists are making great strides in removing many symbols of the Judeo-Christian faiths. Has anyone asked the question of these atheists (people who don’t believe in God), “Why do you fight so hard against that which you say does not exist?”
What makes an atheist an atheist? Are they born that way through an undiscovered atheist gene? Does an atheist just wake up one day and say, “Well, today’s a great day to stop believing in God?”
In my personal communications with people who claim to be atheists, I have found two distinct patterns or reasons for a person to come to a belief that there is no God.
One reason is what I would like to call the Intelligence Factor (IF), or the notion that they believe they are too smart to believe in God. They reason that when they were a younger and mom and dad told them that there was a Santa and a Tooth Fairy, only to find out later that mom and dad lied can also be applied to God.
As they continue their education, they come to accept that everything in the universe came into being as a result of random chance and accident as voiced in the Big Bang cosmic evolution theory. Much of the secular scientific community would fit into this category as reflected in a Pew Research survey that found that 67% of scientists consider themselves to be atheist or agnostics.
Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking would fit into the IF idea by his statement, “We are each free to believe what we want and it is my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”
Yet, even in Hawking’s statement, he admits to appreciating a grand design, which would suggest there has to be a designer. Also, atheists who espouse the IF usually look at people of faith as ignoramuses who need to be treated as the weak links in the evolving society.
Then, there is the other group of atheists I have come to know and, in a sense, hurt for in their denial of God. The truth is that these people have perhaps grown up in church and might have been even zealous for God at some point in their life, but something happened to them. As an example, one lady I met was in denial of God, because God had somehow disappointed her when He did not heal her mother of cancer. Another young mother I became acquainted with chose not to believe in God because her mother and others had sexually abused her as a child. To her, God, if He had existed, should have come to her rescue. I told her that God has allowed evil to exist and our world is in the shape it is in because evil people do evil things. Man has brought about hunger, suffering, death, and sin (Romans 5:12) into it by his willful disobedience of God’s Law.
Atheists are at war with someone they do not believe in, but their war is not a winnable war. One day, they will bow to God (Philippians 2:10-11)! We hope their coming to grips with reality will not be when it is too late and they find themselves in an eternal lake of fire, but that they will surrender to the truth of the Gospel and the living Creator, who gave Himself to save them from their sins.