First, let me start off by saying that this really is not a continuation of the original post, but I titled this the same in order to bring back some of the readers and such. In addition, I will admit that I wrote the first post with the wrong motives in mind – I was writing it at a time when I had very few readers and I was trying to get more hits on my blog, yes, it was pathetic, I know. However, that is not to say I am changing my views, I stand behind what I wrote, but with this post, I am just going to look at the definition of atheism and why it is self-defeating.
My premise in making the statement, atheism does not exist, is based on the strict definition of atheism. So overall, I am saying at the most a person can be agnostic. I am not going to consider “weak atheism” vs. “strong atheism” because that is like saying “weak Christianity” vs. “strong Christianity” – it is a cop out. “Weak Christianity” doesn’t exist either. There are only two positions. Either you are a believer – one who has repented and placed faith in Jesus Christ – or you are a non-believer.
So what is the definition of atheism? Atheism comes from the word “atheos” in the Greek, “a” meaning “no” and “theos” meaning God. So, when you attach the “ism”, atheism is “the belief there is no God.” That is the definition of atheism, taking the root word and breaking it down. Atheism does not mean “a lack of belief in God.”
Atheism is an absolute negative that “there is no God.” That is where my premise for this blog lies. No one can say for sure that there is no God. To affirm an absolute negative is self-defeating; I would have to have infinite knowledge in order to do this. Atheism as a system is self-defeating. I take the following quote from Charles Darwin, a self-proclaimed agnostic, “I have never been an atheist in the sense of denying the existence of a God.” (Letter to Rev. J. Fordyc, July 7, 1879)
Richard Dawkins says, “We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But, like those other fantasies that we can’t disprove, we can say that God is very very improbable.” So while that is flawed, even he realizes that atheism cannot be possible by its definition.
I am not going to debate the existence of God in this blog. A popular comment that I get from atheists – I mean agnostics – is that I need to “prove the existence of God.” Again, this is another example of a cop out, turning the focus away from the real issue. The fact is that it does take a measure of faith to believe in the existence of God. I will not discuss faith right now, but there is such a thing as “zero faith,” and I would say that people who call themselves atheists have zero faith.
I did say something in the original post, “God has sovereignly planted evidence of His existence in the very nature of man. Not only do all people know that there is a God, but they know enough about the real God to hate Him and they try to drive Him from their thoughts…” This is based on Biblical truth; popular comments that I got was something like, “I didn’t choose to hate God”, or “I don’t have something in me that lets me know God exists, so I am not purposely choosing not to follow him.”
So, do I think that atheists made a choice to believe that there is not a God? No, I do not believe that there was a conscious choice to say “there is no God.”
There is a sin pattern in our lives, and that is where our choice lies. We can choose to continue in that same pattern, or we can choose to look at our lives and realize that something needs to be dealt with, but again, that is where the element of faith comes in, so that is all I will address right now.
Lastly, I received another comment asking me a series of questions like, prove to me the existence of God, define God, prove the stories in the Bible are actually His working, and maybe a couple others, I can’t remember. This person said that if I can do this, he will not only stop being an atheist, but will become a Christian. That is a straw man. One cannot become a Christian just by knowing facts. There is literally no amount of answering these questions to this person to make them become a Christian.
I will not answer these questions completely, but I will say this, though. First, God cannot be proven according to our standards, there cannot be physical, testable evidence, because God is not physical, and He is above our finite knowledge. Further, there is not one example in the physical universe of a physical quality that explains its own existence. No physical quantity explains its own existence and no amount of time can consume an infinite series of events to bring you to the present. All of these somewhere had to be explained by one self-existent cause which is not physical; because a physical quantity cannot explain its own existence. Second, God cannot be defined. Yes, we can know some of His qualities and His attributes (holiness, justice, mercy, love, etc…), but He cannot be defined by our human standards.
I am pretty well off topic of what I set out to do with this post, so this is where I will stop this one. My point was to define atheism, and thus show why it is self-defeating based on its definition.
On a final note, we cannot choose God, He chooses us; may God grant you the gift of repentance and faith… but that is a subject for another day. I am not ready for the flood of comments that will come from this blog, but I know that won’t stop anyone, so bring them on anyway.
– Adam Smith