I heard someone once say that from a philosophical perspective, the atheist has a greater challenge than the theist. He went to describe how the theist only needs to prove the existence of his god, but that the atheist has to disprove every possible god, of which there are multitude. But to be honest, I don’t believe there are really more than two gods: 1) a God Who is truly almighty and all-knowing and 2) the god of our own choosing. The god of our own choosing may be a collection of numerous gods that mutually rule over all reality or it may be the belief in a single ruler higher than all other beings.
But wait… how does this differ from option 1? If the god of our choosing is a single, omnipotent ruler, isn’t that the same as the God of Judeo-Christian religion? Not necessarily. A person could chose to believe in a single, omnipotent being that is different in nature from the God Who Lives.
Meanwhile, the atheist would argue that there is no god who is truly real and that believers choose to believe in a god of their own choosing. They assume a priori that God isn’t real and therefore simply a fantasy of people’s choosing. So assuming that God isn’t real they choose a god for themselves that is made in their own image. Perhaps it’s not just their image but rather the image of a collective mankind or an evolutionary vision for what mankind can become. Nonetheless, they have chosen a god of their own image while refusing to acknowledge the possibility of God, wherein the reality of His existence is simply ignored.
Great philosophical minds have argued for the existence of God, but these modern free-thinkers choose intstead to believe in their god. So John Lennon would have us “Imagine” and the mainstream, global media encourage us to join in that re-imagining of reality.
I realize that an atheist would accuse me of a similar circular argument that they make about His non-existence, but even they acknowledge that all reality reflects an intelligent design; the order of the universe could not have occurred by chance. One of my favorite arguments for the existence of God is that the design of the universe points to an intelligent designer, and while the atheist tries to explain away any deity from the designer, they also conveniently ignore the manifestation of God’s divine hand in countless recorded miracles as mere coincidence. They also ignore the many Biblical prophecies that have materialized and assume coincidence.
Yet despite the overwhelming evidence for a divine creator and the logical inference of Prime Mover, Who initiated all creation because something cannot come from nothing, the free-thinking atheists have chosen a god of their own. Meanwhile the true believer seeks to understand the essence of who God is.
I decided as a teenager so many years ago that even if God’s existence was not knowable, the benefit of choosing to believe far outweighed the consequences of choosing to live as if there was no God. But as I searched for answers, I discovered that it takes greater faith to believe in no God. In fact, the treatise for atheism resembles a rebellious child who closes eyes and covers ears rather than understand the reality of our Creator.
From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse. They knew God but did not praise and thank him for being God. Instead, their thoughts were pointless, and their misguided minds were plunged into darkness. While claiming to be wise, they became fools.
Romans 1:20 -22
The so-called free-thinkers have chosen not to believe in God and been given over to a depraved mind. Sadly, they have out-smarted themselves.
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