I Don't Believe in Atheists

    Some co-workers were having lunch together, two were Christians and the other was an atheist. The Christians were talking about Noah and the flood, when the atheist suddenly interrupted the conversation.
     “I don't know how you can believe that it rained for forty days and nights.”
     One of the Christians replied confidently, “Your own scientists will tell you that that during the ice age it snowed every day for one hundred years.”
     The disgruntled atheist returned to his sandwich in silence.

     An acquaintance made a comment to me about atheists. He said, “Why do they protest so vehemently about something they don't believe exists?”
     I replied, “They really are not sure of their own belief about God and they have to convince themselves by trying to prove that they are right.” Then I gave him this example. There was a campaign that started in England by an atheist that eventually spread to Europe and Canada. The advertising sign that he had put on the buses was “There probably is no God so stop worrying and enjoy your life.” Notice his choice of the word “probably.” Why didn't he say positively that there is no God instead of “probably”? The word "probably" means very likely - but it is not an absolute certainty. In John's Gospel, one of Jesus' disciples asks the Lord why He is revealing Himself to them (believers) and not to everyone in the world. Jesus tells him in essence, that He would reveal Himself to those who love Him (John 14: 22,23). The atheists have chosen to be outside that circle and will continue going in circles until they repent or expire. Meanwhile, those in God's inner circle, the ones who have come to Him with faith like little children (Matthew 18:3) receive the reward of that faith, because God is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and He rewards us with the sweet, delightful presence of Himself.
     Christians share their testimonies of answered prayer, healings and other miracles as the Holy Spirit continues to work in their lives. We can say with confidence that God exists because we know Him, for He has revealed Himself to us in ways which are beyond the atheist's sphere of comprehension.

     Missionaries have watched limbs grow back on people in Northern Africa.

     There are numerous doctor verified testimonies of miraculous healings among God's people. I have before and after pictures of a large tumor in a young woman's lung that just disappeared after prayer.

     When I was broke I had total strangers come up to me, give me money and say, “The Lord told me you needed this.” That's quite a faith builder.

     When I was water baptized, the pastor dropped me in the river. When he reached in to pull me out, he said that there was so much electricity in the water it burned his hands. Everyone on the shore said I came out straight, without floundering, which is a little hard to do when you’re off your feet in waist deep water. I felt like I was lifted out and it wasn't by the pastor. Afterward he showed me the red marks on his hands. I then proceeded to have one of the hardest years of my life and I kept remembering my baptism, thinking, “God pulled me out of those waters, He'll get me through this.” I have heard of other similar testimonies where God gave an extraordinary token of His presence before a trial to help His children go through it.

     The Lord works in a variety of ways to build faith in those who are willing to come to Him with faith as small as a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20).

     God will reveal Himself to those who love and serve Him. In the meantime the atheist persists in his campaign to convince himself and others that God does not exist – probably.

     "Atheists are basically on an exaggerated ego trip with themselves as the center of a universe of their own design, a design that will shattered at their deaths leaving them comfortless and abadnoned". - H.D. Shively
    

Copyright 2014 by H.D. Shively

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