Militant atheism is not entirely unlike a mullet, that paradoxical “business in the front, party in the back” haircut that never should have happened. Instead, these strident unbelievers are more “angry in the front, pansy in the back” — making testosteronal demands of compliance on the outside, because inside they have all the tolerance of a scared three-year-old girl when faced with the words “salvation” or “bless you” or (the horror) Christian bloggers who only seek to spread the good news message of salvation online…
…so I ran across the comment below over at a fellow Christian blogger’s place a while ago.
A god you say cares for me, is all pervasive, watches me 24/7, has an interest in what I do, what I eat, what I think, supports my sports team, is on my side when I go to war, will be behind the right politician I vote for, believes it necessary that a penis is mutilated and does not have a foreskin, is interested in the way I have sex and with whom.
All this and if I don’t believe in Him he will at my death turn his back on me and send me to a Hell of His making to spend eternity being tortured by a monster He created called Satan.
Simply because He created me sick and demanded I get well.
This is your god.
Of course it is. This commenter summed up the God of Christianity as well as anyone motivated by presuppositions and hatred could have.
Anyway. When I see or hear an objection to the Christian faith, my first instinct is usually to offer explanations as to where the objector is going wrong. It’s what all apologists and all who have been called to be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks and to give reasons for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15) should happily do.
But then, sometimes, the objection/s are so obviously fueled by intellectual dishonesty and open antipathy to evangelical Christianity, Christians, and God that all attempts at civil discourse and honest disagreement should be seen as futile, even though the hateful objections can serve God’s purpose
“The majority of people in the world believe there is a God. Many of them don’t yet know Him personally through faith in Jesus, but they nevertheless accept the fact that He exists. Atheists, on the other hand, act like their subjective opinion on the matter carries the weight of a Papal Edict. They believe their enlightened wisdom is infallible. In that sense, atheists collectively represent “the papacy” for unbelievers. In their estimation, they are at the highest level among non-Christians.
Natural man is very proud of himself. His achievements and knowledge are exceptionally impressive to him. The extreme example of this attitude is atheism. It represents the proudest of the proud. There is no room in atheistic thought for a contrary viewpoint. Atheists like to think of themselves as being open-minded, but they are in fact among the most close-minded people on the planet. Their faith necessitates a closed mind. They would not be able to hang on to their faith if they allowed their mind to become open.
Natural man gets angry very easily. It doesn’t take much to set him off. This inclination begins to display itself very early in life. When natural man embraces atheism, you often end up with a ticking time bomb. The seething anger lies just beneath the surface for many atheists. Even for those “sophisticated atheists” who are able to put up a good front for the public, their “inner workings” are usually filled with rage against God and Christians.
In that sense, atheists unwittingly help to prove the truth of Christianity by their hatred for it. Jesus told his disciples, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” (John 15:18)