Prometheus Books (Buffalo, New York), the publisher of Humanist Manifesto
I and II and numerous other humanist books, has published a little
book by B.C. Johnson entitled Atheist Debater's Handbook designed
to "offer a concise set of rejoinders for use by atheists in their formal
(and informal) debates with theists" (p. 10). Since the American Humanist
Association is so influential, and has in fact successfully established
humanism as the only religion legally taught in public schools, it behooves
Christians to answer the flawed arguments this book presents.
Amazingly, Johnson's book (like other atheist books) does not even attempt to offer proof that there is no God! Instead, in his first chapter, Johnson sets forth a foundational argument that underlies all the following chapters of his book. Once this one argument is disproven, the rest of Johnson's book falls like a house of cards built upon shifting sand. Here is Johnson's argument:
Another point to note is that the atheist believes in the existence of the universe and does not believe in anything which is more fundamental. The theist believes in the existence of the universe and---in addition---he believes in the existence of God. The theist, therefore, believes in one more thing than the atheist. If all beliefs should be justified, then surely the more one believes, the more justification one must produce. Clearly, the theist must justify this extra belief to the atheist. (p. 12) [Italics original, boldface added]
It is not
true that theists believe in one thing more than
atheists. While theists worship the creator God who is separate
from His creation, atheists worship an idol (self-made
god) called evolution. Atheists replace God
with an imaginary
dead natural force, which say they, is continuously
forming simple things into complex ones.
Evolution is how atheists
explain the universe and morality. Atheists
believe in the universe and---in addition---they
believe in the existence of evolution. Therefore,
if atheists cannot prove the existence of evolution, they have lost their
case, for the only alternative to evolution is special creation, and special
creation means that God is. Since it is
not true that
theists believe one thing more than atheists, it is also not
true that atheists are not obligated to demonstrate
Building on his false foundational premise, the remaining chapters of Johnson's Atheist Debater's Handbook make no attempt to prove God does not exist. Instead, they use distorted facts, twisted logic, and cleaver double-talk to attempt to disprove what Johnson perceives to be the major arguments for the existence of God. The simple fact is atheism is based on faith not fact; atheists offer no proof against the existence of God because they have no proof to offer! Henry M. Morris, in his book The Long War Against God: the History and Impact of the Creation/Evolution Conflict (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1989), page 114, clearly illustrates this:
One very significant admission appears in this statement of atheistic
faith by Asimov. Not only does he acknowledge that humanism is essentially
the same as atheism, but also that atheism is nothing but an emotional
belief. In spite of the fact that he is one of the most knowledgeable scientists
in the world, having written books on just about every branch of science
in existence, he recognizes that he has no [evidence to prove God doesn't
exist.] If Asimov has no evidence against God, we can be sure nobody does!
He believes in humanism/atheism simply because that is what he wants to
believe! The same is true for every other devotee of this man-centered
Johnson ends chapter one of his book with the following illustration of how to apply his premise:
The parallel between the belief that Frank is at home and the belief that God exists is an exact one. If Frank is at home, there will be evidence indicating this state of affairs. On the other hand, if there is no evidence that he is home, one can claim to know that he is not at home. Similarly, if God exists, there will be evidence of this; signs will emerge which point to such a conclusion. However, if there is no evidence that He exists, then one can claim to know that God does not exist....If I am correct, then the claim that there is no God can be justified on the grounds that there is no reason to believe that he exists. (pages 14-16)
Why does the atheist reject God as the explanation of the universe and morality? People become atheists for one reason only: they love to sin vile sins which they know God says makes them worthy of receiving the death penalty. Most atheists are homosexuals or have indulged in other gross immoralities. Atheism is their attempt to free themselves from the awesome guilt and fear resulting from such sins. If there is no God, they reason, then there is also no sin or judgment. The fact that when atheists want their speech to have great force they interlace their profanity with such Bible words as "God," "Jesus Christ," "Hell," and "Damn" shows that deep down inside they know God is. Oh, but how they hate Him! How they wish He would go away and quit bothering their consciences! How they want to drive His promise of eternal judgment from their minds!
God says that a person who chooses not to believe in God is a fool: "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God" (Psalms 14.1). Webster's Dictionary defines a fool as "a person with little or no judgment, common sense, wisdom, etc.; a silly person; a simpleton." A simpleton is "a person of weak intellect; someone who is easily fooled."
Atheists are fools because they have rejected the only basis of knowing anything. They are not atheists because they are fools; rather, they are fools because they are atheists. When God calls atheists fools, He does not mean that they have low I.Q.'s or that they cannot learn facts. Why some of them hold doctorates from leading universities, and their heads are filled with megabytes of data. But their close-minded refusal to even consider the possibility of God's existence, much less anything God has revealed to them in His Word, makes them incapable of logically and scientificly analyzing data so as to arrive at valid conclusions. They are "ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth...so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Tim 3.7-8).
Since "the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1.7), and since atheists don't even believe in God, much less fear Him, they have no beginning for knowledge. This fact is clearly seen in one of the atheist's basic principles---the contradictory idea that "the only absolute is that there are no absolutes." This idea (which is necessary if one is to reject the absolute God) is found over and over again in atheist writings. For example, "Humanism," says atheist/Humanist Sir Julian Huxley, "will have nothing to do with Absolutes, including absolute truth, absolute morality, absolute perfection and absolute authority" (The Humanist Frame, p. 14). Since the atheist believes nothing to be absolutely true, he has no firm foundation upon which to base knowledge. To know something is to be sure of it. The atheist believes one can be absolutely sure of nothing; therefore the atheist can know nothing for sure. Logically, there cannot be an absolute that there are no absolutes. However, even atheism's absurd principle that there are no absolutes proves atheism wrong. For if there are no absolute truths, then it must not be absolutely true that there is no God. Therefore God must be.
In chapter two of the Atheist Debater's Handbook (page 23) Johnson says, "Ignorance [of the natural causes of puzzling phenomena] is not a good reason to believe that God exists." But Johnson fails to apply this same logic to himself: ignorance is not a good reason to believe God does not exist. Instead Johnson declares, "The atheist may claim to know that God does not exist because no good reason has been given to support the belief that He does" even though neither has no good reason been given to support the belief that God does not exist! With this declaration Johnson has actually inadvertently admitted that the atheist presupposes that there is no God before examining the facts of nature. He wants to interpret nature as disproving God, so he refuses to give the evidence its logical conclusion. Johnson's declaration also proves that atheists are dishonest, for they claim to "know" something for which they have no evidence whatsoever. An agnostic can at least be honored for admitting lack of knowledge, but atheists dishonestly claim to know something they do not.
Atheists are fools because they can't differentiate between faith and science. Specifically, they confuse the theory of evolution with science, when it is in reality a faith doctrine of the Satan designed religion called humanism, and is without one shred of scientific proof. Science deals only with what can be observed. No one has ever observed a Big Bang organize matter. No one has ever observed dead matter spontaneously turn into living beings. No one has ever observed non-human life birth a human baby. No one has ever observed simple things forming into complex things without the help of a living designer of high intellect. In fact just the opposite is observed: everything without exception is devolving downward the complex degenerating to the simple. Things wear out, and eventually break down or die. Never do things get newer and more highly organized with age, or as the result of exploding. This law of the universal disintegration of organized matter is called the Second Law of Thermodynamics and has been thoroughly tested in every field of science. It is an irreversible one-way process, and never even once has an exception been found to it! Since the upward evolution claimed by atheists has never been observed and is just the opposite of what is observed, it must be recognized as an unscientific, blind faith of people who refuse to open their eyes to the plain facts of nature.
Atheists are fools because they willingly are ignorant of the evidences of Divine judgment upon past God-rejecters. Only a fool would scoff and laugh at God who gives to all creatures life and breath and takes it at His will. Only a fool mocks his Maker. Only a fool spits in the face of the almighty God, who drowned every unbeliever on the face of the earth in the days of Noah, then cast their souls into eternal Hell. Only a fool would notice fossils inland high upon mountains, massive layers of sedimentary rock everywhere, and huge glaciers slowly melting away, without acknowledging them as possible evidence of a universal flood!
For if God spared not the angels that sinned,
but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness,
to be reserved unto judgment; and spared not the
old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness,
bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities
of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making
them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly....the
Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to
reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment
to be punished. (2 Pet 2.4-9)
It is not only possible to know God is, it is also possible to know God. In a prayer to God the Father, Jesus Christ said: [And this is life eternal, that they [believers] might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.] (John 17:3) True Christianity is not just pie in the sky by and by when you die. True faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ results in immediate knowledge that the Bible is true, that God is, and in knowing God. Yes, faith must precede knowledge, [for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him] (Hebrews 11:6). But the promise of salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation, and everlasting life is fulfilled instantaneously at the moment we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. At that moment a miraculous change called the new birth takes place in our inner man, and the Spirit of God [beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God] (Rom 8.16). At that moment we no longer just believe God is, we know He is.
I challenge every atheist: "O taste and see that the LORD is good" (Ps 34.8). Otherwise, don't claim to know what you do not.
To learn how to taste of God, read "Ye Must Be Born
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