Great Faith of Atheists
“since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20
If you’ve ever been to the Grand Canyon, you know you can stare out in wonder for hours, without saying a word, at the majestic beauty in front of you. Any adjective used to describe the Canyon is inferior to its breath-taking reality. I can still remember one of my close friends say “how can somebody see this and think ‘there’s no God’.
It’s been said that bible-believing Christians have great faith and, to some extent, that’s true. But how can one not have great faith when you’ve seen the hand of God work in your life over and over again? The closer you walk with the Lord, the mightier his works become and the clearer His plan as well as His purpose is for your life. And ultimately in the end, it doesn’t take much for a mature believer to have great faith.
Personally, I’ve always thought atheists have the greater faith. To believe the complexities and inner-workings of the human body (enough to fill several volumes of anatomy books) simply evolved from a single cell organism over billions of years is more remarkable than believing that a hard drive plugged into the wall with one byte of information would, in a billion years, evolve into Microsoft Windows 7. Behind every design, is there not a designer?
To believe our universe, galaxy, solar system and planet just settled in after The Big Bang – allowing us to reside on a perfectly round sphere stocked with all our needs, grounded by gravity from a perfectly centered magnetic core, perfectly positioned from the sun (any closer and we’d burn, any further away and we’d freeze), a sphere suspended above nothing but space that rotates perfectly around that sun – takes tremendous faith. By the way, the Old Testament Book of Job (likely written three thousand years ago and 1,000
years B.C.), told mankind that the world sits above nothing (Job 26:7) long before astronomy knew this to be the case.
And what of the Big Bang? Where did the gases and elements come from that caused this phenomenon? Either those gases and elements always existed or God always existed. Both atheism and theism takes faith; but the greater faith is the former – the faith of those who are blinded by God’s invisible qualities, eternal power and divine nature.
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