Those who claim to be atheists and those who claim to be “Nones” are a growing group in America and the world. If you are such a person, or if you know such a person, I would like to know why don’t you/they believe? One would hope that such a monumental decision was the product of long research and logical conclusions, but I think that rarely is the truth, if ever.
Looking at the world both scientifically and philosophically reveals a universe that appears to have had a beginning, is ordered and fine tuned for life on this planet, is extremely complex, uses information to form living creatures, and suggests that the human mind is not satisfactorily explainable by mere brain activity. All these things point to God. Even the existence of evil suggests that there is its counterpart. Evil doesn’t prove God’s non-existence. It proves the opposite.
Research will lead you to know that something is missing. You can’t explain your existence as the product of mere cause and effect and physical laws, at least if you are honest with yourself.
The sad, real answer for why people are atheists or Nones is right there is the Bible all along:
This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.John 3:19
People don’t believe in God because they don’t want Him to exist. They don’t want to be judged. They don’t want to be dependent on grace. They don’t want to live a godly life. So they explain God away using illogical conclusions or just never look at the topic too close.
Could Jesus change this by still walking the Earth and doing miracles. Could He use mass media and infinite power to change minds. I wonder. Would evidence ever make any difference? Would it only make more enemies?
The Bible puts it this way:
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14
I am both grateful and crushed by this passage. On the one hand, I know that my faith is the gift of God. I find the evidence to be affirming. I find the light given by the Bible to be explanatory of the grief I see in the world, but also hope giving for the future. I find purpose that is woefully lacking in those who merely live to entertain themselves or to survive.
On the other hand, I feel the sorrow of God for the atheist and the None. My only consolation here is that some people change.
If you are an atheist. I would love to hear your reasons. I would plead with you to not consider the matter to be settled, but rather to keep looking at evidence. This is more than an intellectual exercise. This is about an eternal fate.
If you are a None. Maybe you can live just fine without God for now. But consider the fact the you too will die. Doesn’t what happens after death (see my blog: afterdeathsite.com)impact what we should be living for today?
If you love someone like this. Keep praying for this person (for the rest of your life is necessary). The Spirit breaking through to them is the most critical part. Be the disciple of Jesus that you are called to be. Your witness of life, attitude and words could be instrumental in saving a soul.