“We know everything, and there is no God,” said the Atheist.
Mankind have been learning about themselves and their environments since the beginning of their recognition of their existence, whenever that beginning was. We know that without the consciousness that we are alive, and the ability to think, to feel, to reason, to adapt, to change, to construct and to create, we would not be able to know or influence anything in our world. We would just exist and not even know that we exist!
No matter the knowledge man has gained, it seems that they have not learned the folly of making arrogant statements about the existence of realms they cannot see, and the folly of jumping to conclusions. Yes, make theories, and gather your evidences, but there is no certainty in any knowledge, unless you are all knowing. The Apostle Paul said something very interesting about those who think they know it all:
“And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know” (1 Cor 8:2).
I think this is an amazing truth for all kinds of thinkers, whether they be Religious, Atheists or Agnostics. All of us should just admit the limitation of our understanding, because to claim all knowledge and understanding is to claim divinity, and such are in for the shock of their lives (Prov 16:18, 1 Cor 10:12)!
Now, the Believers have been the ones most accused of being “know-it-all”s, because we are very certain of our strongly held beliefs, which rule every aspect of our lives. However, such ‘certainty’ is limited to the definition of ‘belief’, being “an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially one without proof” (Google). I do beg to offer that they are not indeed the most annoying or arrogant “know-it-all”s. The Atheists are the chiefs of “know-it-all”s, and they are indeed the greatest of the fools (Psa 14:1).
Let’s try a little reasoning here… I would suppose that there are three types of knowing; the knowing that is by Faith, the knowing that is by Certainty, and then there is the in-between, undecided, inconclusive thinking, that cannot truly be defined as knowing, called Doubt. Believers profess by faith that there is a God, and the Atheists profess with certainty that there is no God (for it is only by certainty that such a claim can be made and accepted), while the Agnostics are undecided on whether or not there is a God. The Bible says concerning the doubters (or double-minded), that they are unstable in all their ways (Jam 1:8), so these cannot be seen to be authouritative in any form of knowledge.
Therefore, it would only be reasonable that the burden of proof is laid on those who are certain that there is no God, because for them to be certain, they must have proof! It cannot be laid on Believers. Faith stands by REASON and not by certain evidence. There has to be sufficient reason to hold a belief. Believers have, for many thousands of years, tried to reason with unbelievers (quite like I am doing now), that they hold their view dangerously and unreasonably, seeing as it is a view that is impossible to support with evidence – but requires the support of evidence because it is CONCLUSIVE!
You cannot reasonably conclude that God doesn’t exist, even if you were to scan the whole universe or travel through all space and dimensions yourself! It is not unreasonable to suggest that a God who created the whole universe would abide OUTSIDE its limitations! And even if He chose to abide within it, since you are not like Him in any way, there is no technology you can come up with to rule out the possibility that while you are at location A, He is not at location X! And let’s not neglect the dimension of time, to which you are limited and He is not! You’ve set yourself up to fail, and your conclusion is illogical. So I dare say, the view you hold requires much greater faith (based on the “reasonable” theory of Evolution) than mine, and you can be no more certain about how this whole universe began than I.
But I am not surprised by your arrogant and stubborn stance, for it is also written about the fool that he “…hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself” (Prov 18:2). I dare to submit that the Atheist’s resistance to the possibility that there is a God is simply because he does not want to be guided by Wisdom, but wishes only to “discover himself” and do as he pleases. They love their foolishness, and are proud of it. They are simply unreasonable, and as such, they cannot gain understanding nor wisdom, and all their knowledge is gained in vain. They are kings of arguments, and somehow, they have put Believers on the defensive, with the burden of proof, being ignorant of the fact that THEY are the ones in the position of certainty and therefore burdened with the duty to provide proof, or else join the more sensible Agnostics!
This post is probably wasted on the fools, but to those with the ability to reason, to people of faith, I would like to warn against falling for the tactic of the Atheist, and running around trying to gather the proof for them so that they might believe. They cannot and will not, unless God grants them the gift of faith and sight (Mark 4:12)! There is no sign that can be shown that would convince them of the existence of God, if they have already acknowledged all the evidences that are before us all, and disregarded them (Matt 16:4, Luke 16:31, Rom 1:19-20).
To the militant Atheists, those committed to robbing the world of faith, I would just like to warn you of sitting too comfortably on that field of Science that you have stumbled upon, which you now sit on like a mountain and think you are above all knowledge! You are as one sitting on a chair with one leg! You don’t have all the pieces, no matter the abundance of things you are able to explain.
Science is beautiful and has been greatly beneficial to our world since its discovery. But can you dare to believe that there is a realm, or even two or three more realms that you have not even come to know even 1% of…and that if you were to gain such knowledge, even what you think you know about Science must be brought again under the microscope? Do you think your mind could comprehend that Science is just the shore of a vast ocean of knowledge that you do not have???
Don’t use Science to tell me there is no God! Science is evidence that there is a God if there is any more need for evidence. Our discoveries in each new year from the study of Science should help us realise that we do not even know the half of it…and tomorrow or next year, we will discover even more. And maybe, if we were connected to the God who knows all things, and submitted to Him, He might be merciful enough to grant us knowledge that will grow our understanding and knowledge base in Science exponentially!
You need to realise that Believers are not against Science, we just see it as a small part of the much, much bigger picture! But since you lack spiritual sight, Science is all you see. I pray that God may soften your hearts, and open your eyes that you may truly see!
“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see“(Rev 3:17-18).
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