A discussion of atheism , agnoticism and theism

Atheists disbelieve or deny the existence of God. I’ve met very few true atheists. This is a good thing as the Bible says in Psalm 14:1 that, “Only a fool would say, ‘There is no God!’” The creative prowess displayed in creation alone demands the existence of a creator. Psalm 19:1-6 says, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. 2 Day and night they keep on telling about God. 3 Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. 4 The sun lives in the heavens where God placed it 5 and moves out across the skies as radiant as a bridegroom going to his wedding, or as joyous as an athlete looking forward to a race!”

Addressing atheism, G.K. Chesterton said that, “It is often supposed that when people stop believing in God, they believe in nothing. Alas, it is worse than that. When they stop believing in God, they believe in anything.” C.S. Lewis wrote, “Arguing against God is arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.”

Agnostics believe that it is impossible to know whether God exists or not and no one can really know with any certainty who he is or what he is like. They typically believe that there is a god or creator, but they cannot refine or define their view.

Theists believe in the existence of a god, with a strong belief in a personal God as creator, sustainer and ruler of the world. Christianity holds to the theistic point of view.

Some time ago, an individual, after briefly explaining their religious beliefs, asked me what I believe. I replied, “I believe there is one God, and that He provided us with one book, the Bible. In that one book He tells us that He sent His only Son to become a sinless sacrifice for a sinful world. Through sincere repentance and simple faith in Jesus’ finished work, we are assured of total forgiveness of sin and eternal life in heaven.” I quoted John 14:6 where Jesus proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, but through me.” My friend responded, “That is so simple and easy to understand!”

My friend’s response was very refreshing. The gospel of Jesus is simple in its presentation and functional in its application! By the way, what do you believe?

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