Have you ever had that moment when you showed someone you were arguing with the evidence they were wrong, and yet they still chose to reject it? Instead, they make a conscious decision right there and then to insist that you’re wrong. For example, someone has been arguing about Aunt Caroline, who allegedly had stolen 100 euros from her mother’s savings tucked under the mattress.
Each person presents their case until the defendant pulls out the CCTV footage to prove this wasn’t the case at all. All the evidence adds up and makes sense, but the person making the accusations denies it, calling it all a conspiracy and made up. They pull every excuse and formulate many counter-arguments to refute what just took place. In the secular world we would call such a person a madman, in our world we call them atheists.
As I reflect upon the make-up of a person both spiritual and psychological, I can’t help conclude not only is this true of all humanity, but the Atheist also. All the existing evidence points towards the supernatural, but they remain solidified in their block of ice, unwilling to warm up to the idea of Gods existence.
There are some ways to explain not just why an Atheist behaves in this manner, but all humans for it is a spiritual disability. It is a sickness born of original sin in which the person chooses itself over and above what is right and true.
The Will And The Intellect
The soul contains two faculties: The will and the intellect. Although they remain in the soul, yet they are distinct from each other. For example, a fireman knows (intellect) how to start a fire and make it look like an accident, but he chooses (will) not to.
In the same way, a person can know (intellect) God through an apparition and yet choose (will) not to believe in the vision. Many excuses get conjured such as, “I’m crazy; I experienced a weird glitch in the brain, one in a million.” While I have always encouraged dialogue between believer and atheist, no argument can make them accept Gods existence. Why? Because the atheist does not want to believe any more than a serial killer will in the face of overwhelming evidence, confess he’s the killer.
Take, for instance, the story of St.Thomas in the Bible. He refused to believe until his demands to see Jesus face to face had been granted. When Jesus appears, he falls to his knees and believes. However, St.Thomas had sufficient evidence that suited him, but because he had free will, he could have chosen not to believe. “It’s all in my mind, a sort of hallucination. Everyone around me seeing the same Jesus risen from the dead, they’re crazy too.”
Unlike many people, he was open to the truth, his heart not being closed and therefore could accept more readily the appearance of Christ. If the atheist doesn’t want to believe, Is it then useless to even argue with an atheist? Not only is it beneficial for them, but also because there’s an opportunity to learn more about your faith. The atheist gets a chance to ponder the arguments. With your prayer, the grace of God, a person can be led to believe, but it always depends upon the will of the Atheist.
At what point should you stop arguing? When you get to the cliff edge where you show someone the evidence, they see the drop is real, and they still refuse to believe. It is at that stage of the game you should consider walking away and praying for that person because their will isn’t ready yet to take a leap of faith.
Another time is when they keep making not counter-arguments, but deflecting onto other arguments that don’t address the evidence laid before them.
It would be unfair of me to talk about all this evidence and yet not produce it. What is the proof that God exists? There is so much evidence of the supernatural that we can’t explain. For example, in Catholicism, there are the crying icons, bleeding Eucharists, undecayed bodies with persons associated with being Holy and apparitions.
All of these science cannot explain, yet they remain to be insufficient evidence for some people. Scientists independent from Christianity even studied them and still a person doesn’t believe. Why? Because they don’t want to. They make excuses that “one-day science will have an answer.” It’s an easy exit because they take on faith this idea that one-day science will have the answer.
My favourite one they come up with is the idea that something can come from nothing. There always has to be a cause to the universe, and the reason must be intelligent. Atheists often view God as something created within space and time. Anything within space and time would be understood as designed, and therefore it ages and dies. In physics, it becomes understood that anything outside of space and time is uncreated without beginning and an end. Now if God is something created, ages and dies, he wouldn’t be God, would he? He wouldn’t be worth worshipping, either right?
Therefore the God who created us isn’t running around the world somewhere hiding in a garden shed; he is beyond this place of space and time. God is not bound by the world in a created sense any more than the man who designed my car is dancing around in its engine somewhere. Everyone can look at a car and see that its creator and designer may have left his mark and memory upon the vehicle, but that he is out there somewhere.
The same principle applies to the very fine-tuned universe and world in which we all reside. If God was just another person in the world with a beginning and an end, would he be worth worshipping? The answer is a simplified yet resounding NO.
Therefore the cause must be superior; he must be beyond our visible scientific grasp; otherwise, he wouldn’t be God. Sadly we choose not to accept the evidence laid before us that God can be seen and understood in the things he has made. If we can see a man standing behind the very fine-tuned car he’s made, why not God stood behind a very fine-tuned universe?
The evidence of his existence is indeed before us all, but some of us choose not to believe. Why? Because we don’t want to. Atheists prefer to live in the darkness of ignorance because coming into the light makes too many demands of them.
Atheism becomes more or less an excuse to carry on leading a sad, miserable and sinful way of living. They say religion brings us comfort, but it’s their atheism that brings them comfort. Here they put up their feet and relax in the face of overwhelming evidence and bury their conscience that they may continue living according to their own pleasures.