I believe that most atheists are
really agnostics. In times of crisis, for example, they, like everybody else,
tend to resort to prayer. When the chips are down, they hope a merciful and benevolent God is there for them.
But some of those whom we might
call “aggressive” atheists are different. They like to use science
and logic to try to convince believers why they should stop believing. Using science and logic, they argue, it is
impossible to prove that God exists.
Dawkins, for example, has compared the idea of an imagined Flying Spaghetti
Monster to belief in God. God is no more real or provable by conventional means
of proof than a flying spaghetti monster, he argues. It is just made up.
He’s right about one thing. The
existence of God can’t be proven by
conventional means of proof. You can’t
prove God exists using science and logic. You can only know God by faith, not by scientific study. You can
only know God though God’s own revelation of himself, not by mathematics,
logical deduction or the scientific method.
But what these aggressive
atheists don’t like to admit is that just as the existence of God cannot be proven
through science and logic, neither can it be disproven through science
and logic. They have no more grounds to disprove God’s existence using conventional
means of proof than we believers have to prove God’s existence using
science and logic.
The tools of belief in God are
revelation and faith, start to finish, not science and logic. The atheist has
no basis to disprove what can only be held true by faith. The Flying Spaghetti Monster and other such
analogies are not valid analogies for belief in God because they miss the very
heart of why so many people believe.
personal revelation of himself through Jesus Christ makes sense of the world.
It assures us that we matter, that we are not here by accident, and that we
were created on purpose and for a purpose. It makes love matter, because by faith we hold that God made us because he loves us, and in that love he will make
us into people who can love like he loves.
atheists can scoff about the lack of scientific proof for the existence of God,
but they are looking in the wrong place. By standing on their premise that God
doesn’t exist, they miss the still small voice of revelation, and the personal
joy of knowing God and knowing God knows them.
to say that in the end, there is really only one kind of atheist: those who
will one day come to faith. That’s my prayer.
Joseph Tkach, speaking of LIFE.