In recent years atheists have become much bolder in their attacks against religion in any form. They see no benefit to religion and thus mock those who do believe. They deny spiritual realities. There are so many other people who simply ignore or misunderstand spiritual realities, choosing to live the life of a ‘practical atheist’ and only focusing on the physical realm. Don’t be surprised. Peter predicted this nearly 2,000 years ago when he wrote: “…that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires… For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished.” (2 Peter 3:3a, 5, 6, ESV)
First notice that these unbelievers “deliberately” deny God’s supernatural creation of the world. Despite the irreducible complexity of even the simplest lifeforms, atheists deny an intelligent designer. Why? A creator has all authority over His creation and determines right from wrong.
Also note from 2 Peter 3:6 that these unbelievers deny the worldwide flood in Noah’s day. To deny the flood is to deny the fact that God judges mankind for their sin. It is humorous to me that scientists postulate about how the dinosaurs perished in a worldwide cataclysmic event, yet refuse to consider the written history of the Flood. To deny the creator and the flood allows atheists to follow “their own sinful desires“.
While an article like this is insufficient for an argument for God, let me try to encourage Christians with a simple proof that may bolster their faith. The Kalam Cosmological Argument as stated by Christian apologist William Lane Craig, says:
- Whatever begins to exist has a cause;
- The universe began to exist; therefore
- The universe has a cause.
The cause of our universe, which is physical and temporary, is God who is spirit (John 4:24) and eternal. Being eternal, God is without cause. Being spirit, God was the cause of the physical universe coming into existence. As the writer of Hebrews put it: “every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” (Hebrews 3:4, ESV)
Don’t be one who ignores spiritual realities.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against …the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12, ESV)
Further reading: Genesis 1; Matthew 5:6; 2 Peter 3;
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.