“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.”
I have been debating atheists, both online and in person, for years and am always amazed at the lengths some will go to deny the possibility God exists.
In an effort to “disprove” intelligent design, an atheist once told me that if he walked into his kitchen and saw a cake on the counter, he would not automatically assume it was made and placed there by an intelligent being because there have to be other possibilities.
In his book, The Case for Faith, Christian apologist and author, Lee Strobel writes of a discussion he once had with fellow apologist Dr. Peter Kreeft on God and the existence of evil.
“Imagine a bear in a trap and a hunter who, out of sympathy, wants to liberate him. He tries to win the bear’s confidence, but he can’t do it, so he has to shoot the bear full of drugs. The bear, however, thinks this is an attack and the hunter is trying to kill him. He doesn’t realize this is being done out of compassion” (p. 32).
Long story short. There are genuine and reasonable objections to faith and a belief in God but there are also the absurd and nonsensical, the story below (from The Christian Gazette ) reminded me of both.
“An atheist was taking a walk through the woods, admiring all that evolution had created.“What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals!”, he said to himself.
As he was walking along the river, he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. When he turned to see what the cause was, he saw a 7-foot grizzly charging right towards him. He ran as fast as he could. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing, He ran even faster, crying in fear. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer.
His heart was pounding and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up, but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and raising his right paw to strike him.
At that moment, the Atheist cried out “Oh my God!….” Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. Even the river stopped moving.
As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky, “You deny my existence for all of these years; teach others I don’t exist; and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer?”
The atheist looked directly into the light “It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as Christian now, but perhaps could you make the bear a Christian?”
“Very well,” said the voice.
The light went out. The river ran again. And the sounds of the forest resumed.
And then the bear dropped his right paw ….. brought both paws together…bowed his head and spoke: “Lord, for this food which I am about to receive, I am truly thankful.”
Exit thought: Belief, or lack of it, is often driven by presuppositions rather than evidence.