In my experience with Atheism and atheists, whenever I’ve been able to get a closer look at their personal life, I get greater insight and clarity into why they’re atheists. It has, of course, nothing to do with their arguments but something that’s occurred mostly in their developmental stage from childhood to adolescents.
All of them, (at least the ones I’ve met) have come from a broken family. Their fathers were incredibly cruel and abusive towards them and their mother. Either that, or the Father simply left. Although they might still enjoy a relationship with him, the ideal of a family unit that can stay together has been shattered, and with it, the stain from the wine of this broken family unit stamped on their subconscious forever.
”Oh I have a wonderful relationship with my father who lives apart from me and my mother”. Yeah of course I don’t deny that but your actions now throughout life have proven that the response deep within speaks how you’re really feeling.
Apart from the small number who lay claim to a good relationship, my experience has been different. What about the atheists I’ve met on my journey through life of whose personal circumstances I had intimate knowledge of, really dislike their Fathers and, Why does this lead them to Atheism? Atheism develops a path to the fatherless they’re comfortable with that is why.
God is seen as a ”Father” figure and whether conscious of it or not, the atheist repudiates the idea of calling anyone a ”Father”, therefore he immerses himself in the world of atheism much more readily than he would if he had a good relationship with his Dad.
Imagine, for a moment, being sexually, physically or mentally abused by your Dad, or combination of all three, and having to go in and have a fatherly relationship with God Himself? When you’ve moved from one cruelty to another, and then see these arguments from celebrity atheists showing how cruel the God of the Old testament was to his ”children”, wouldn’t you be tempted to just repudiate fatherhood altogether? It seems, at first instance, the next logical step, having been torn apart in the family home by your biological father.
How on earth can we expect a child to approach the idea of a ”Holy Family”, when he’s experienced a divorced family and nothing but that ideal? When all he sees around him is a culture that accepts the divorced one parent families, or the gay adoption which deprives children of a mother and a father, are we surprised atheism is his adopted belief?
If they experienced this as a child, I really cannot blame a person for turning their back on religion, because the tone for what they perceive to be reality has been set in stone. The damage is done, and when it comes to militant atheists many of whom refuse to bend towards belief when overcome in a debate, what they need is prayer and the Grace of God.
That’s what faith is. It’s not something we gain through logical argument, it’s a gift of God. Logical arguments about God and his existence can often become a good signpost that will help us on the journey, but ultimately it takes a leap of faith to get there. This is something only God will give to the true seeker who has a disposition of openness to the logical arguments being laid before him.
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