God is the Creator. He created everything in the cosmos, including the sun, the skies, and all the flora, and fauna there was, is, and ever will be. He created you and me. Does that mean that God also created atheists? Let’s dive into that.
What is Atheism?
Atheism needs to be defined first before we can even begin to talk about it. Atheists identify themselves as follows, as stated on the official website for their movement: “Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.”
People who call themselves atheists typically put more emphasis on their lack of belief than on their unwillingness to believe in anything. They believe that there is no rational merit in believing in a god and instead adhere to an atheistic worldview.
This position, on the other hand, is incompatible with the perspective presented in the Bible, which asserts that “the fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God” (Psalm 14:1; 53:1).
We shall describe atheism as the decision to not believe in some kind of ultimate entity to which humankind is answerable. Atheists and people of religion can agree that every person has the right to choose what they think or believe; thus, we will describe atheism as the decision to not believe in any sort of divine deity.
According to the statistics, atheism is on the increase in nations that have historically been subject to a significant amount of Christian influence.
These numbers include those who were brought up in atheist households, but they also reveal a concerning rise in the number of people who formerly adhered to a religious system of some kind.
When we learn that a significant individual in Christianity has abandoned the Christian faith that he or she formerly professed, we are left with the question, “Why?” When God’s fingerprints may be seen all around us (Psalm 19:1, 97:6, Romans 1:20), why do so many people choose to reject their faith in Him? Why do so many individuals declare that they do not believe in any god at all though virtually every civilization on the planet acknowledges the existence of some sort of divine being?
The Reasons Why Atheists Define Themselves as Such
There are many different reasons why a person can classify oneself as an atheist. The first is a lack of knowledge. A person could come to the false conclusion that there is nothing beyond this world and the experiences that people have of it due to a lack of accurate knowledge. Because there is still a great deal that we do not know, ignorance frequently leads to the creation of concepts that aim to fill in the blanks. This frequently leads to the development of erroneous faiths or atheism.
The knowledge we have about God is typically clouded by mythology or religious belief, and as a result, anything supernatural tends to seem like it was taken straight out of a fairy tale. Some people, after being presented with a jumble of contradictory assertions, conclude that none of it is true and proceed to toss out the good things with the bad ones.
Another reason some individuals become atheists is that they have been disillusioned with religion. A person may conclude that God does not exist as a result of experiencing terrible events, such as having a prayer go unfulfilled or observing hypocritical actions in the actions of others. This reaction is frequently stoked by feelings of rage or hurt.
These individuals think that if God did exist, He would act in ways that they could grasp or with which they could find common ground. Because He did not reply in the way that they expected Him to, they have concluded that He does not even exist.
It’s possible that when they come across challenging ideas like hell, Old Testament slaughter, or eternity, they conclude that the God of the Bible is impossible to believe because he’s just too incomprehensible. People are driven to seek solace in the tangible and familiar rather than in an abstract god when they become disillusioned with the world.
They give up any attempt at having faith because they are afraid that they will be let down again, and they take some solace in the fact that they have concluded that God does not exist.
People who label themselves “atheists” when, in reality, they are opposed to God are closely connected to those who have been disillusioned. Some people use the name “atheist” as a shield to cover their intense animosity against God. These individuals are obsessed with a hatred for anything religious, which is frequently the result of childhood trauma or abuse committed in the name of religion.
They have little choice but to strongly deny God as a kind of retaliation against him since they believe he is cruel. The events of the past have left such deep wounds that it is simpler for some people to reject the existence of God than to confess that they despise Him.
True atheists would not count this group among themselves since they are aware that to admit God’s existence is the same thing as being furious with God. However, there are a lot of individuals who say they are atheists while at the same time being angry at a god whose existence they don’t believe in.
Agnosticism versus Atheism
Atheists are those who do not believe in God or the teachings of any religion. Based on the data that is there, they do not think that there is any possibility that there is a hereafter, whether it be a positive or bad afterlife.
Atheists believe that people are responsible for their well-being and destruction and so believe that prayer is pointless, regardless of how sincerely it is offered. Others take it a step further and openly disapprove of theism, holding the belief that religion has a net detrimental impact on humankind. Anti-theists have been known to refer to members of this group on occasion.
Agnostics have a more nebulous sense of belief, as they are unclear as to whether or not God or gods exist in the world. Others feel that nobody can prove or refute the presence of God, even though some agnostics believe that they are unclear about the existence of God. Agnostics who are emotionally detached from the debate over whether or not God exists hold the view that the issue is meaningless and insignificant.
At times, atheists and agnostics will come to blows over the names that they have chosen for themselves. Atheists will criticize the agnostic label for being too vague, while agnostics will criticize the atheist label for being too divisive in a society full of religious people.
Many atheists and agnostics (though certainly not all) identify with the skeptic, freethinker, and secular humanist communities, and they tend to disregard mystical or unscientific solutions for what they see as scientifically comprehensible occurrences. Despite their frequent rejection of spiritual explanations, 82% said they have had spiritual experiences in which they felt a profound connection to nature and the world.
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