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I am often confused by the concept of atheism and ponder that there are those who actually reject the existence of God.
How can someone step back and look at the vastness of our world, the beauty and intricacies of nature, to see your own eyes in your child’s eyes and believe this is all an accident?
To me it borders on actual hatred for God as opposed to love of him. I believe even the unreached villager in Papua New Guinea acknowledges God.
Romans 1:18-21: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
It is nothing new for people to suppress God’s will and sheer existence so that they may live sinful lives.
Now, I am often charged with proving historically the existence of Christ. Those who chose not to believe do so not due to lack of evidence, but lack of willingness to believe. There is more evidence in existence than can be counted.
If I had DNA and the nails that pierced Christ Jesus’ very hands they still would not believe.
To true unbelievers I point you to men like Tacitus the Roman historian who writes of Christ's life, or Jewish historian Josephus who detailed the existence of Jesus and John the Baptist.
Both of their works are consider to be scholarly and factually complete by the literary world and yet neither of them were Christians. They were written during the time of Christ. Lee Strobel (Law Defree from Yale and editor of the Chicago Tribune) over the course of almost two years sought oto debunk the idea of Christ's existence. In his book “The Case for Christ” he says, "my journalistic skepticism towards the supernatural had melted in light of the breathtaking historical evidence that the resurection of Jesus was a real historical event.
“In fact, my mind could not conjure up a single explanation that fit the evidence of the history nearly as well as the conclusion that Jesus was who he claimed to be, the one and only son of God."
For you self-proclaiming atheists out there, let me be very clear, the same God than came to earth, hung on a cross, and died for me, died for you, too. You will meet him one day.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg and faith columnist for The Anderson News. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.