Atheism's Case Against GOD
 
Is this God's handywork or evolution's handywork?
 
by Louis A. Turk, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.

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.
 

The Atheist's Foundational Argument

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:

There are three untruths in this foundation premise of atheism. The first untruth is that theists believe one thing more than an atheist. The second untruth is that atheists are not obligated to prove their position. The third untruth is that showing that theists have failed to prove their arguments proves atheism.
 
The Idol Named Evolution

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 their position.
 

Atheists Have No Proof There Is No God

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:

God's Lights Are On---He's Home

Johnson ends chapter one of his book with the following illustration of how to apply his premise:

The folly of Johnson's logic is apparent at once. I invite him and all other atheists to step outside and gaze up at the sun and stars in the heavens. God's lights are on---He's home! Not only is God home, He is also actively involved in this universe He created, holding it all together. Not only is God at home, and involved with the universe, but He is involved with the people on this earth also. People still feel guilt and anxiety when they do wrong that is because God is still actively involved with His creatures, drawing them back to Himself.
 
Immorality: the Root of Atheism

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!

Why Atheists Are Fools

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!

How To Know the God That Is

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 Again."
 


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