Atheism is a Lie
by Tom Brown
Apostle's Creed begins by saying, "I believe in God, the Father
almighty, maker of heaven and earth." Everything about Christianity
begins with belief in God. Without this foundational belief, no other
beliefs are possible, especially pertaining to God sending His Son.
Without God, there is no Son of God.
This is why being sure of God's
existence is the foundation of Christianity. In this article, I will
present the clear evidence of God's existence and how logically we can
move from this surety to surety about Jesus Christ.
The Universe Cannot Exist
without a Creator
The first fact that proves God's
existence is the existence of the universe. No rational person doubts
that the universe exist, so how and why did it get here? In biblical
language, the scriptures starts with, "In the beginning God created
the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1). This statement declares that
the universe has a beginning. It started at some point that we call
Outside of the Bible, how do we
know that the universe has a beginning? Science affirms that the
universe began by discovering that the universe is ever expanding. Why
is an ever expanding universe important? Because, as you work backwards
from expansion, there must be a place and time called the beginning. In
scientific terms, the beginning is called the big bang. Scientists can
investigate what happened at the first point of time, but there is no
explanation outside of an Agent producing the first action within time.
In other words, creation was made and you cannot have "nothing" making
"something." That means the universe was created! You can call the
The Bible, along with science,
affirms an expanding universe, thus logically a Creator: "This is
what God the Lord says — he who created the heavens and stretched them
out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, (Isa
42:5). The imagery beautifully portrays the expansion of the universe
with the language that God "stretched them out". It's a picture
of a tent maker who stretches out the tent to be inhabited. The tent, at
first, is wrapped tightly with ropes, and then the maker unties the
ropes and expands the tent.
Science affirms that the universe
is expanding at the speed of light, and interestingly, the first act of
creation, according to the Bible, is God making light, "And God said,
'Let there be light,' and there was light (Gen 1:3). This is not the
creation of the sun, for that did not come about until the fourth day of
Prior to the discovery of the
expanding universe and the logical conclusion of the big bang, atheists
in times past argued that the universe was eternal, and thus no one or
no agent or no being needed to make it. If it has always been here, they
argued, then no Creator is necessary to explain the universe's
existence. But the big bang proved that something had to precede the
first action of creation. Otherwise, the conclusion is that "nothing"
made the universe. Logic demands that something, even greater than the
universe, must exist to cause the universe to exist. And the Cause of
the universe must be uncreated, outside of time and beyond matter. This
is the biblical description of God— uncreated, eternal and
No wonder the Bible says, "The
fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'" (Ps 53:1). A person has
to intentionally fail to use his mind and logic in order to come up with
the ludicrous conclusion that God does not exist. If God does not exist
how does one explain the fact that the universe exist, unless a person
wants to deny the existence of the universe?
The Apostle Paul puts it this
way, "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities —
his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being
understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse"
(Rom 1:20). Paul is saying the fact that the "creation" exist means the
"Creator" exists. You cannot have one without the other.
Why do atheists insist on trying
to undermine the beginning of the universe? They do so because, they
know logically, that would mean a Creator has to exist. They get it, but
instead of accepting the logic of the beginning, they deny there is any
beginning or conclude that the universe came from nothing. This of
course, makes no sense.
2. We are made to think of
The second proof of God's
existence is our ability to consider God. I call this a
God-consciousness. This God-consciousness is universal. It is inside of
every human being. The Bible explains why we think of God at all. It
says, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living
soul" (Gen 2:7, KJV). The description is beautiful. God took
something of Himself (Bible use the pronoun Him to refer to Himself
1) and puts it into humans. By doing so, humankind is made in the
image of God. He and she has something inside of them from God. This is
God's connection to humankind.
It's similar to Google's iCloud.
All your data is stored and reserved in a much bigger computer.
All computer devices connected to iCloud is connected to something
beyond their own computers. There is a connection from each computer to
a much larger computer "in the cloud." Do you get the
God put a connection of Himself
into human beings, so they would be able to think about Him. The fact we
can contemplate God's existence at all is proof that He exist and wants
to be connected with us.
God gives humans the freedom to
deny the divine connection. That is what atheists do: they say that God
does not exist. But God does not give them the freedom to not
think about Him or have a consciousness of Him. They cannot help it.
Even atheists think about God, they just don't want to think He exist.
Anthropologists have often
concluded that humans appeared hard-wired to believe in God. It's as if
they cannot help it. It is difficult to be an atheist. One has to try
very hard to deny the inner consciousness of God.
Animals on the other hand do not
think of God at all. They are not atheists; they are "non-theists." That
is, they do not think one way or other about God. They neither say "yea"
or "nay" to God. They don't contemplate God at all. The Bible gives us
the reason: animals were not made in God's image. God did not breathe
into animals the breath of Himself. He did not put a divine connection
inside of animals.
What is the chance that every
animal on the planet are "non-theists"; yet Humans are theists by
The reason we can believe in God
is because, we alone, have the power to speak words. We can communicate
intelligently. This should not surprise us, because being made in God's
image, means we should, to a certain degree, be able to imitate God. The
most important fact of creation is that our Creator made everything by
speaking words. "And God said." Then after making us, we have the
godlike ability to speak words like the Creator. The first thing Adam
does according to the Bible is name the animals. This involves logic and
speech. It is the ability to speak words that creates within us the
consciousness of God.
We are the only creatures on the
earth that talk. This is another connection we have from God and also
contributes to our God-awareness.
3. The Creation is a Moral
Universe, thus confirming a Moral God.
The third proof of God's
existence is the fact that He made a moral universe. Morality is divine.
Morality is unchanging. There is a right and wrong; good and evil. CS
Lewis, who was an atheist turned Christian, argued that a moral universe
proves a moral God. As an atheist, he had wondered how he got the
concept of good and evil. There could only be one logically explanation:
the universe is moral. Not only does morality prove God's existence, but
it reveals the kind of God He is.
I suppose the greatest failure of
atheism is a denial of morality. You see, if there is no God, there is
no right and wrong, good and evil. The only ethical system for atheists
are those that are created by society. For an atheist, it is only wrong
to kill if society makes it illegal.2 For them, it's not
wrong simply because it is intrinsically wrong. It is wrong because
society says it's wrong.
For atheists ethics keep
evolving; however, morality does not. Right is always right. But the
trouble with atheism is there is no outside, verifiable right and wrong,
since they deny God and, with Him, divine morality. They become their
own gods to create an ethical system by which others must follow. There
is great evil that comes from this system. For example, the Nazis gave
orders calling for the "final solution." This law gave officials legal
protection to kill the people in the concentration camps. Now was this
law evil? Was killing people in the camps evil?
Atheists cannot really logically
answer in the affirmative, because they deny God that makes a moral
universe. But for those of us that affirm God's existence confess that
morality exist first with God and then He makes it known to us through
our conscience. Thus the holocaust was evil.
The conscience connects us to
God's justice. We are the only creatures with a conscience. This
inspires us to act in very noble ways, something beyond the scope of
For example, we can choose to
care for a disable person, simply because it is right. Although
logically there is no reason, outside of morality, to protect and take
care for disable people, we do it because of our conscience. This is
only one example of our conscience leading us to nobility.
Our conscience is proof that God,
along with giving us a God-consciousness, also gives us a moral compass
by which we are accountable to Him to live our lives properly. We feel
guilt when we do wrong. Even if the wrong is not illegal, we still feel
guilt, because the conscience is accountable to the Creator, not to
government or society.
So the existence of the
conscience and its accountability to unchanging morality is another
proof of God's existence.
4. The Creator gave us a
Consciousness of Eternal Existence.
The fourth proof of God's
existence is our consciousness of eternal existence. What I mean is
this: we do not have the ability to imagine ourselves not existing. We
can imagine our death and even our funeral, but in doing so, we are
always on the outside looking in on our death or funeral. We can't
imagine not existing forever.
Solomon recognized this and he
explained why, "[God] has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet
they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end" (Eccl
3:11). It was his theological and poetical way to describe the human
soul that cannot die. He is basically saying that God made us believe in
eternity, because He put eternity in our hearts. Because we are made in
God's image, we cannot help but think in terms of eternity. Since God is
eternal, it is logical that humans would have the element of eternity in
As much as atheists try
unsuccessful to shake off the consciousness of God, they also try to
shake off the consciousness of eternity, but even they cannot imagine
themselves not existing.
It was this truth that helped
convinced my father to believe in God. He was a proud atheist. He made
fun of my faith in Christ. He scoffed at the notion of eternity. He said
to me, "Tommy, when we die, we are dead like a dog. That's it!"
I countered, "But dad, God made
it so that you cannot even imagine this. Think about it! Can you imagine
yourself not existing?"
He thought for a moment. I
remember seeing him grin. He said, "That is something strange, isn't it,
that we cannot imagine ourselves not existing?"
"Dad, the reason this is so is
because you are an eternal soul made in God's image. By making you like
Him, He made you to think in terms of eternity so you will realize that
you will be accountable to Him in the end."
Eventually, my dad gave up
atheism and accepted Christ as his Savior.
Eternal life is at the heart of
the seed-plot of the Bible. God put Adam and Eve in the Garden and told
them that they could live forever if they continued to eat of the tree
of life, but that they would die if they ate of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil. The plot thickens as the first couple
rejects the tree of life in favor of the knowledge of good and evil.
They, along with us, were driven from the tree of life. However, God,
through the prophets, promised us one day that we would have a chance to
eat of the tree of life again.
Even though the human race was
driven away from the tree of life, their desire for eternal life has not
disappeared. Not only do humans desire to live forever, they cannot
imagine anything else.
It is this fourth proof that
brings both joy and fear. You see, this world brings both pleasure and
pain. Pleasure when we do right and pain when we do wrong. Knowing that
we will live forever brings such a desire to make peace with the
Creator. We don't want to have pain forever. Yet, we know that we have
failed, and we are also fearful of being judged for this failure. So,
naturally, humans have a desire to make God happy resulting in a
pleasurable eternal existence. It is this desire for eternal joy and
peace that leads us to logically reach out to our Creator.
At this point, some doubters will
say to me, "You said many things that are logical, and that is why I
cannot say categorically that there is no God. But I'm an agnostic,
because even if there is a God, I doubt we can know this Being."
I have heard this argument
before, but it makes no logical sense. Let me explain.
Why would a Creator go through
the trouble of making a huge universe, with billions of galaxies
containing billions of stars, so that the proper elements of life can
exist on our side of the universe to form life? Then the Creator goes
through the extent of putting a God-consciousness in us to make us aware
of God's existence. Then the Being giving us a conscience to feel
responsibility to the Creator. Then He puts eternity in our hearts so
that we cannot help but believe we will live forever. Considering all
this, why would a Creator leave us alone and remain unknowable?
It is clear that since the
Creator went through all this, then He intends for us to find Him. Paul
said it this way to the intellectual Athenians, "God did this so that
men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he
is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:27).
It is, therefore, logical to
think that God would provide a way for us to reach Him.
This is where we come to the
subject of religion. Religion is the system by which people try to
connect with God, and ultimately, make peace with Him. It's that
The trouble is, if humankind
starts the system, it is doomed for failure. Instead, God would have to
set up the religion for humans to find Him. It is logical that if God
established creation, gave us a God-consciousness, a moral conscience,
and a consciousness of eternity, that He intends to establish a religion
that humans could find Him and be reconciled to Him.
Agnostics would argue that it is
impossible to know which, if any religion, is true. However, logic
convinces me that God must establish the true religion, otherwise, He
failed to provide a pathway for us to reach Him. It's illogical for the
Creator to go through all this extent, only to fail at this point in
providing us a pathway to Himself.
There are three possible pathways
to the Deity: pantheism, polytheism and monotheism.
Which basic pathway is right?
Pantheism sees the universe as God. For this pathway to be true, then
the universe would have to be eternal. But we have seen through
observable science that the universe is not eternal. It has a beginning
and will one day have an end. Thus, pantheism is a false pathway to God.
Polytheism is a belief that
multiple Gods created the universe. While this could be true, however,
the universe is one. In fact, the word "uni-means one." There is only
one universe and the entire universe is subject to the same laws and is
connected to the whole. Therefore, it is more likely that only One
Being created the One Universe.
This means that monotheism would
be the proper pathway to God. This helps us in our search since there
are only three major religions that are monotheistic: Judaism,
Christianity and Islam. All three could not be true, because they
contradict themselves at very important points.
Of the three monotheistic
religions, only one teaches that the One God is revealed in Three
Persons: Christianity. The other two agree that God is One and is
revealed as One Person.
However, as I contemplate the
universe, is it possible that the Creator put His fingerprints on the
universe so we can know what kind of God He is? The answer is Yes. The
universe, though it is One, is also three-dimensional.
There are three elements that
make up the universe: time, space and matter (energy plus mass). They
exist together to form the universe. Not only is the universe made of
these three trinitarian elements, each of the elements are made of
Time is made of past, present and
Space is made of height, depth
Matter is made of solid, liquid
This is no coincidence. It seems
that the Creator put His Trinitarian fingerprints on the universe so
that humans would know the true religion.
Any ancient human could have seen
these three in one if they gave it much thought.
But now, through the invention of
the microscope, we have discovered that even the building blocks of the
universe, the Atom, is made of three components: protons, electrons, and
neutrons. It's as if the Creator put His signature on the creation so
humans could find the true religion.
Only Christianity has revealed
the true nature of God—one God in three Persons. God establish
Christianity and gave us a revelation of His true Nature.
Christianity also claims that is
the fulfillment of the oldest monotheistic religion: Judaism. In
Judaism, there was hope and expectation that the Messiah would come to
set the world right. Christianity says that Jesus Christ is the Messiah,
and through Him, the full revelation of the Triune God was revealed.
The success of Christianity also
speaks of its truthfulness. The reason why Christianity is by far the
largest religion is because it works.
For example: there are two
competing economic systems: capitalism and socialism. Capitalism is the
largest and most popular economic system. Why? Because it works.
Socialism has proven to ultimately be a failure. (By the way, the Bible
affirms capitalism.) So Capitalism succeeds because it works to create
the most wealth for people.
Christianity succeeds, also,
because it provides the best way for humans to connect with God
successfully. I am a Christian, because it works for me. I truly have
found God, or better said, He found me.
Jesus did not want us to accept
Him by blind faith, because He said, "If anyone chooses to do God's
will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I
speak on my own" (John 7:17). Jesus is saying that belief in Him and
in His teachings will be proven true by its success. Success defined is
the ability to connect with God, in addition to making people better.
When people truly submit to the Lordship of Christ and follow His
teachings, then they make the world around them better.
How can anyone truly argue
against the success of Christianity? It is the foundation of western
civilization and is spreading to effect positive changes in the rest of
Someone might argue, "Islam has
been pretty successful in terms of growth." True, but Jesus explained
that false prophets would come after Him to deceive humanity, "Watch
out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ferocious wolves" (Matt 7:15). Muhammad distorted
the true teaching of Christianity, first and foremost by denying that
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and thus denying the Trinity. From this
distortion came other distorted moral assumptions. While Islam has
grown, it is clear from our moral compass that there is something
inherently distorted in Islam. This would explain the Muslim Terrorist
movement. It is evil.
Islam is partially true in terms
of monotheism, but its rejection of Jesus as the Son of God brings
deception to others.
An aircraft has the famous black
box that sounds a ping. If the aircraft goes down, the ping continues to
sound. It continues to ping because it is made to be found.
God put a ping in you! In your
life, you might have crashed. As much as you might try to deafen the
ping sound, you can still hear it. You may barely hear it, because you
have tried to ignore it. Some people may have convinced you that there
is no God, but the ping continues to sound. It sounds because you are
made to be found!
There is a reason you are reading
this article. It could be God's way to bring you to Himself.
Christianity is the true faith! If you will open your heart to the
message of the good news about Jesus Christ, you will feel the hand of
God bringing you closer to Him. You can find forgiveness of your sins
and purpose for your life. Come to Him now!
"Everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved" (Rom 10:13).
pronoun used for God is not meant to convey male, rather it is the
generic name for all humans.
It is to signify that God
is a Person, not an It.
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