Atheists on Christianity

I wrote the following post back in 2010. Because of some recent conversations and comments, I thought I’d re-post it for this Monday morning.

You know, I was just watching some videos of atheists firing all their best shots at Christians and the belief that there is a God. One such video that you could watch on YouTube is of a debate put on by ABC. The Christians were Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron, but I can’t (or don’t care to) remember the names of the others. If there was anything more evident than anything else, it was the snarky, condescending, teenager-ish, even (may I dare say) “b***hy” attitudes of the atheists.  Their attitude was typical of people who hate being told what to do (just like juveniles that argues about everything, even when they know they’re wrong).  It really just made me sad.

Then I looked down at my shirt…

At this moment I am wearing a T-shirt that shows all of the more common, recognizable religious symbols of the world. In the middle is a cross, the symbol of Christianity. What a stark contrast to all the others is the cross! A symbol of death for crimes not committed. A symbol that used to stand for shame, but now for the One who bore our shame. He didn’t have to, you know. What other symbol represents that?  What other symbol offers forgiveness from the very One that suffered unjustly?  What other symbol cries out, “Agape!

Atheism and all of its relatives are on the march, emboldened and encouraged by a world that wants to have it their own way. They are vicious and brash.  They have a chip on their shoulder because of all that “sinner” stuff.  “Even if there is a God, who are you Christians to say you have the only way?” they ask.  

But guess what, this isn’t Burger King; “this is my Father’s world,” and His rules apply. God (the Christian God) will have the final say. And, just like my shirt says, “every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father.”

Just say’n.  

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17 responses to “Atheists on Christianity

  1. roy cavender

    Yeppers

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    • I read the full post and I read the conversation all the way through here. I saw nothing but insults. Anthony, man, you said that bloodmoonxxx99 needed to read deeper, but I read your whole post and (whether or not I agree is irrelevant) all you basically did was insult atheists. Now if you were not looking for substantive feedback and merely stating your opinion that’s one thing, but you can’t do that and expect anyone to respond in a friendly or serious way. Now granted, I haven’t read anymore of your material, but… I guess I’m just saying I can see why they responded to your post the way they did.

      • Thanks for the honest comment. I will go back and re-read what I wrote to see what you’re referring to.

      • OK, so went back and re-read my post, along with all the comments. Now, let me briefly respond.

        Modern atheism has become more aggressively proactive over the last few years. Many of them, at the behest of those like Richard Dawkins, have taken the challenge to attack, belittle, mock, and weary those with Christian beliefs. I published this post after yet another encounter with one. If my tone was a little confrontational, that is why.

        Now, with regard to the two atheists that commented, I had had comments from them before. One of them – the girl – bore all the usual marks of a “troll,” for all she seemed to want to do was jump in with the typical snarky, arrogant, insulting comments that were never meant to induce dialogue. Eventually, however, I made contact with her on her blog and hopefully let her know my heart breaks for her, especially since I share some of her pain.

        As for Ark, well, he’s a whole different character. He’s been around for a long time, and there is nothing I can say that he hasn’t already heard and argued against ad infinitum. He’s already been blocked by some bloggers I know.

        Going back to the post, if you were to watch the video of the debate I referenced, I believe you would better understand why I originally wrote it several years ago. The two atheists in the debate bore more of a resemblance to two smart alecks that honest intellectuals. It’s those types of atheists – and not all are this way – who love more to push buttons and sneer than have respectful conversation. Right or wrong, the tone of my writing in that case was a result of their influence.

        Thanks again for your comment. I hope this helped clarify what was written.

  2. Wow. So atheists are just horrible people now, huh? We’ve got bitchy attitudes cause we don’t believe in your God? That’s why Christians have such a close-minded stereotype.

    • I love your stereotypical comments. So, which Billy goat are you waiting for to cross your little bridge?

      • Good. Then please stop writing all your small-minded, judgmental posts about everything you find wrong with people who don’t love that God you cling to.

      • You are so funny, sweetie. You call me “small-minded,” yet you fail to read deeper than than the surface that offends you. With that kind of approach you’ll never find the truffles; you’ll just turn away at the slightest sign of dirt.

        For the record, I don’t write judgmental posts about everything I find wrong with people who don’t love the God I cling to. If that is what you think, I’m sorry; you need to read a little deeper. If anything, my blog is full of my own problems and shortcomings, my own weaknesses and failures – because I’m human, too. The difference is that I have put my faith in Jesus Christ to forgive me.

        Now, if I’m not mistaken, I was not the one who forced you to read my post, was I? And, if you were to go look up that video of the debate I mentioned, I think you might find a reason to see things a little more clearly, or at least get an idea why I wrote what I did.

        However, by resorting to cheap insults you only prove my point about being teenager-ish. Your tone has consistently (not just in this thread of comments) been full of anger, hurt, offense, backlash, etc. You can’t stand what I write because deep down inside of you you know there is an element of truth you want to avoid. You hate what I believe because you don’t want to believe it.

        I am going to go to bed, because I need to get up early to do my job of transporting little crumb crunchers to school. But before I do, I am going to leave you with a classic, wise word from C.S. Lewis (NOT a small-minded man by any stretch):

        “Really, a young Atheist cannot guard his faith too carefully. Dangers lie in wait for him on every side. You must not do, you must not even try to do, the will of the Father unless you are prepared to “know of the doctrine.” All my acts, desires, and thoughts were to be brought into harmony with universal Spirit. For the first time I examined myself with a seriously practical purpose. And there I found what appalled me; a zoo of lusts, a bedlam of ambitions, a nursery of fears, a harem of fondled hatreds. My name was legion.”

        ― C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

  3. I rarely allow atheist comments on my blog anymore because the conversations they start are generally not worth having.

    We are, of course, supposed to give reasons for the hope that we have but we are not, as far as I can tell, required to put up with vicious and brash scoffers.

  4. And why would one extend any credence to the arguments of Christians who cannot even agree among themselves?
    James (above) is a YEC and most Christians, never mind non-Christians, consider his beliefs are utterly ridiculous.

    • At first I was going to disallow your comments, but then I had to reconsider; after all, it’s a post about atheists. However, this is the extent of any conversation I will have with you, Ark. if others would like to waste their time arguing with you, fine for them. But should you get out of line, I’ll go back and un-approve your comments once again. I accept cordial conversation, not trolling.

      • Thanks for at least allowing the comments to stand, Anthony.
        My question, no matter how you wish to interpret it, was genuine.
        YEC undermines a great deal of what mainstream Christianity promotes and as the majority of Christians attempt to align their worldview with modern-day thought, including science and philosophy, the Young Earth Creationists continue to do untold damage to whatever credible gains normal Christians feel they attain.
        So why do you think one should extend any credence to the beliefs held by such people when they are obviously false and do nothing but harm?

  5. Atheism and all of its relatives

    Out of interest, Anthony, whom do you consider are the ”relatives” of Atheism?

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