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IEA Devo 2022 atheism • Becoming a Disciple-Maker

Atheism– The Disciple-Making Lifestyle

“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
(Psalm 14:1)


Part One

While agnosticism admits that it is searching for ultimate truth, atheism brashly claims to already know the truth. However, atheism has no possible way of ever proving its baseless claim that – there is no God. Consider that inquiring men and women of reason from mankind’s earliest memory have instinctively known of God’s existence and acknowledged his interaction with man. Much like homing pigeons, whales, and migrating birds instinctively follow their God-given programming – mankind has innately wanted to go to heaven.

It is every culture’s natural awareness of God, plus the enormous complexity of our mental capacities, and the limitless expanse of the universe that clearly speak of our Creator’s unfathomable range of creativity. No thinking person can avoid the impact of life’s self-evident truth –

“In the beginning, God created…”
(Genesis 1:1)

An honest atheist has to first explain to themselves the undeniable existence of evil. Next, they must grapple with the equally undeniable existence of good. Neither of these opposing non-material factors could have come into being because of a physical “big bang.” Unquestionably, both of these opposite forces are present in all civilizations. They have been with us since the dawn of time and mankind’s history vividly reveals that truth!


Part Two

The historic conflict between good and evil cannot be adequately explained by the non-theistic theories of creation. Beyond that, the other timeless common-sense questions must automatically follow. Why do we enjoy beauty, art, music, science, philosophy, and philanthropy? Who thought up thought? Who perfectly designed birth for every species of animal and specifically created the two opposite sexes?

In light of everything in nature around us, and the feelings within us, it has been honestly said that, “it takes far more faith to deny our Creator’s existence than it does to actually know Him.” Additionally, with the abundant evidence of God’s personal involvement with man – the historic Hebrew/Christian faith is anything but blind!

The Scriptures address atheism’s naive rejection of all that is obvious when they explain, “…what may be known about God is plain…because God has made it plain… 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 men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19-20)


Part Three

An atheist has to rely on written manuscripts and archeology to know that Plato and Aristotle ever existed. That exact same reliance is required to acknowledge the existence of all the ancient Biblical records describing mankind’s history. However, the Biblical manuscripts are many times more numerous than those related to Plato and Aristotle.

Thoughtfully consider that the Scriptures explain, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

Intellectually and logically, if something is created – there has to be a Creator! When you witness to atheists, be gracious, factual, and logical. Stand unapologetically upon the concrete difference that knowing Him and having answered prayers have made in your life. Truth is seldom served by shouting, so speak softly and explain the truth. Simply depend on the Holy Spirit to do His own strong spiritual work as He speaks through you. Remember that God has repeatedly brought the hardest and most ardent atheists to sincere faith in Christ, because His truth is the anvil that has worn out endless hammers!


By Billie Hanks Jr.

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