Monday, 10 October 2011
For instance, you know, it really bothers me to see all of these books out there that are meant to refute atheism (from a Christian perspective). It annoys me when people claim they can prove the existence of God. These attempts often lack luster. You see, the real shine is under the surface.
There are people who read my blog that believe I am too easy on atheists. These people believe that I give them too much credit and don't stand up for Christ enough. That certainly isn't the case. When I read the gospel I read about a Jesus who was harsh on the religious authorities, and gentle with the sinners. The difference between the two is that the religious authorities claimed to know God better. They claimed to serve God better. They claimed to love God better, when all the while, they were just interested in their own self righteousness. The sinners, on the other hand, were honest with who they believed they were and what they believed. Ultimately, the religious authorities were not the ones making converts to the faith, it was Christ. It took a literal touch from God for people to see God's existence.
I mean really, there is nothing to refute in atheism. We would only be refuting a physical reality (aside for some general misconceptions regarding scripture and what we believe). The spiritual reality, on the other hand, can not be proven, but can only be felt and lived out. Only some actually "know" God in this sense. Regardless, arguing a spiritual existence is a moot topic, especially to those who don't believe in spirituality.
From what I know of God, God can't be proven in a mathematical sense as I've seen so many try to insinuate. God can only be known. Furthermore, it isn't my knowledge of God that will gain believers. It is God touching the life of that person that will do that. This makes "proof of God" irrelevant. God doesn't need proof to exist, nor does God need people to prove God's existence. The only real proof of God, in this day and age, is what God's done inside of us (and I would argue, the first and second-hand accounts of Christ we find in scripture).
I am much more interested in countering misconceptions about scripture than proving that Jesus is Lord. The reason is, He proves Himself- and we have no power in that. We are just tools that God uses to make His Kingdom come- but we often try to use ourselves, and when we do, we make a mess of things.
So why don't I stand up for Jesus like I "should"? Well, I would argue that in a sense, I do, but it isn't me making the stand for Christ. It is Christ himself. Only He can make the blind to see. If I would try, I'm afraid I would make that person twice the son of hell as myself. I just don't want that on my shoulders. I'll give that burden to Christ, thank you.
How do you interact with atheists? Do you have atheist friends? What does standing up for Jesus really look like?