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Atheists Deny the Obvious, Bless Their Hearts

Atheists deny the obvious, bless their hearts.

Everything that has a beginning has a cause. Sometimes they are forced to deny that. To deny that is absurd.

I know for some people that’s a tough pill to swallow, but it’s true.

Such was the case a couple of weeks ago with a young man, an acquaintance of mine.

I had ‘by chance’ walked upon a conversation between two young men, neither one I knew. One was fumbling around on his smartphone for a Bible verse while the other awaited his proof, rather impatiently I must say. Finally, after an eternity it seemed, the young man had it. He read the verse which said…

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 like a tent to dwell in;” (Isaiah 40:22, ESV)

He exclaimed that the word circle has the meaning of the word sphere.

The young Christian asked, “What is a sphere?”

The other man answered, “Something round, I don’t know.”

The young Christian pushed him asking, “No. Really. What is a sphere?”

The other man refused to answer so I couldn’t help myself. “A ball”, I blurted out.

They both looked at me, then the other young man proceeded to hurl a plethora of questions at the Christian, never allowing him to answer until he asked, “Do you eat pork?”.

He had him. I saw it in the young Christians eyes. He had courteously asked to be allowed to answer the questions but always denied. Finally, though, when the other person sensed hesitation, he allowed the Christian to speak.

The young Christian waded around in the deep water of trying to explain to this person the nuances of why God gave laws about food to his people, but to no avail. The other person continued on his rant by claiming that this was a contradiction and if it was truly a book written by God then there could be no contradiction. (He was right, by the way)

The young Christian continued to try to answer the ‘law’ question but it was hard.

The other man kept badgering him by asking, “I said, do you eat pork?”

I sensed the young Christian’s frustration, remembered something Greg Koukl told me about answering skeptics, and couldn’t help myself. I told him, “Don’t answer that question! It’s a red herring.”

This steamroller had to be stopped! But not the conversation…

I decided to turn the tables, especially since by now I was a kind of conversation crasher. My first question, after I determined that he was an atheist, not an agnostic, was as follows: do you believe that the Universe came from nothing?

( I knew that was a legitimate question that would put him on the defensive)

He began to explain to me that he knew what I was asking and that “if someone was walking on the beach and found a watch, then there must be a watchmaker. A watch couldn’t just appear out of nothing because it was complicated machinery.” “But a watchmaker wasn’t necessary”, he explained. “Science has proven that complicated things can just happen.”

I kindly told him that that was a nice summation of the Argument from Design or the Teleological Argument, but I was referring to the Cosmological Argument which works from the premise of the Law of Causality-Everything that has a beginning has a cause.

Now who was in the deep water?

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As obvious as the hands in front of his face!

After arguing whether God has a cause, if an infinite number of moments could be traversed, and the ultimate causality of the String Theory, it finally came down to one thing. This atheist was willing to admit that he didn’t accept the idea that everything that has a beginning has a cause.

Bless his heart.

I had to leave so I politely said thanks for the conversation and told the young Christian not to fret. “Here is a person who believes that a hippopotamus could just appear in this very room with no cause at all.”

This conversation was much longer than what I’d be willing to type but you get the gist. I want you to notice something though. I want you to notice the extent this young atheist went to deny God’s existence.

It’s almost always the case. No matter how smart, and this young man was an intelligent young man, atheism leads to absurdity because atheism must always deny something that is obviously true. As I said earlier, atheists deny the obvious, bless their hearts.

There are three Classical Arguments and two Natural Laws that every Christian should know that’d help expose this absurdity most of the time. I’d like to spend the next few posts on Southern by His Grace explaining those important features of reality in a way that’s simple enough so you can put it in your pocket.

These are not a substitute for the Gospel and don’t necessarily prove Christianity, but they are evidence of God’s existence. They are not bludgeoning tools, but they close the mouths of objectors. These arguments help us be obedient to the command to both “be ready to give a defense” (1 Peter 3:15) and “hush the mouths of the naysayers” (Titus 1:9-14).

None of this is a substitution for the Holy Spirit’s work, to impede or assist him. Nor is it an exercise in coercion, strong-arming the will of unbelievers into repentance. Obedience to these imperatives are for our own good as well as those who we encounter.

Thus, the employment of this human expedient does not assail or infringe any man’s liberty, but only protects our own.[1]-RL Dabney

Please join me.

 

 

[1] Dabney, R. L. (1890). Discussions by Robert Lewis Dabney: Theological and Evangelical. (C. R. Vaughan, Ed.) (Vol. 1, p. 322). Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Committee of Publication.

Donnie
I was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, born again at a very young age, married a beautiful and likeminded woman, moved to Tennessee, and raised two children in the Southern traditions of loving God and neighbor, exercising manners, and being stewards of the land and its bounty. After becoming involved in youth ministry in our local church, the need of teaching people "what they believe and why they believe it" became painfully apparent, especially in my immediate context (rural Southern churches). We began an apologetics/theology ministry there but have since moved on. After serving in church leadership and being called to faithfulness and duty to protect our congregation from a rogue pastor under church discipline of his previous church, my experiences in this biblical process shape much of what I believe about how churches in the South have become weak and why nominal Christianity is prevalent. I love the Church and Southern culture so you can expect to read about apologetics and theology as well as church and culture here, written southern style, by the grace of God. Deo Vindice
http://www.southernbyhisgrace.com

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