The angry atheists I have met…the really angry ones, are not atheists because they hate the idea of the existence of God. Most of them, no matter how nice I am or how reasonable, quickly descend from haughty comments of condescension to childish attacks such as, “You probably believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Clause.”
No. Actually, I never did even as a kid.
“Liar!” They deride.
(Um? Okay. This line of reasoning is not the most sound.)I ask, “So, why are you so angry at God? Who hurt you?”
Usually it was a parent or relative who went to church and then verbally or physically abused abused them at home. Or maybe a church that showed zero grace or love or allowed sin in the leadership to be covered up.
A pastor or priest who abused them or approached them in a sinful way….
And these things are an abomination, for sure! Do these things happen? Yes! Sadly, very sadly…yes. And these things make God angry, too. More angry than it ever made an atheist angry.
Do they just really want to live how they want with no accountability and the only way to do that is to harden themselves to God and explain away their conscience?
People everywhere are discounting the existence of God because of the sin of man, while I contend that the existence of Sin proves the existence of God. Sin is against God, even the sin of hypocrisy that claims to know God and turns and devours people.
“If God exists, he should prove himself to me.” If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this one. God has proven himself to you over and over, even through Creation and so many other times he has revealed himself, but you have hardened yourself. You chose feelings over facts.
In the book of Peter, there is a prophecy that in the end times people will deliberately forget that God created the Earth. Here is an example of choosing feelings over facts. It is foolishness.
Once, I was having a discussion with a man who had at one time been a Catholic. Now, he is an atheist. I shared miracle after miracle with him, which he denied happening in my life. He resorted to calling me a liar, instead of choosing to walk in truth.
What about the time when no one knew we desperately needed $257, as newly weds? Not a soul knew. We prayed and the church spontaneously collected an offering for us the next day that totaled $257. He wouldn’t believe that at all.
What about the cancer patients who have been healed? What about the transformed lives? What about the time $1000 in cash showed up in my door the same day I desperately cried out to God over a financial situation?
None of that apparently happened. Because, if one were to acknowledge it did happen, one would have to move into the realm of truth and out of the lie that sustains the kingdoms of sin and rebellion in one’s life.
Very intelligent people can make very foolish decisions to avoid things they don’t want to face.
But, here is the truth. No matter what evil people have committed against you, God does not approve of sin. Sin is against him and proof for his existence. If there were no God there would be no right and wrong.
So we come to our prayer of David in the Psalms. Psalm 14:
“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord? There they are in great dread, For God is with the righteous generation. You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But the LORD is his refuge. Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.”Psalms 14:1-7 NASB
For the atheist, agnostic or unbeliever. (Hey, what do you have to lose?)
“God, if you are real, I have a lot of questions. Please show yourself to me. Open my eyes to see the truth. If Jesus is your Son and I need to serve him, please open my eyes and forgive my hard heart and my sins. Make this clear to me, please. Help me not to blame you for the evil other people have done, but to see you are here to deliver me. Amen”
For those wanting deeper prayer:
“Lord God, Your Word says that the fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” I pray that you give me understanding, so that I will not walk in foolishness and in my feelings for what other people have done to me.
I cry out to you Lord, for the world is full of foolishness and truthlessness.i know people who have turned away from you. My heart is burdened by their names Today, I unburden myself to you before your throne, in the name of Jesus. These people, They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; in fact, There is no one who does good.
Lord, when I pray for others, I am reminded that I fall short of your glory. I am a sinner and I need saved by Jesus.
Oh LORD, you looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one. Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?
God, there are so many who just want to get money and things from the people of God, but do not want to draw near to you. They are always seeking but never learning truth. I put these people in your hands, in Jesus name. I know people will abuse me and persecute me for your names sake.
There they are in great dread, For God, you are with the righteous generation. You work no matter what the world chooses to believe. Be with me, so I can be full of you, part of your righteous remnant and not deceived by this world.
Lord, the world laughs and mocks your people. They try to create fear in us so we will be embarrassed about knowing you. They would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted, But you, Oh LORD are our refuge. I hide in you, in Jesus name.
Open the eyes of my heart to see and walk in your truth. May I not compromise to avoid mockery. May I be a light set upon a hill. May I be filled with your Spirit to testify to the world.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! God move and bring salvation for the nation of Israel and also all your believes all over the world. Shine forward and pierce the darkness, Lord. When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad. God, there are many held captive by the empty philosophies of this world.
Set people free in Jesus name! Guatd my heart, i give it to you. Amen. Psalms 14:1-7 NASB