The Atheist Faith

It's easier being a Christian

by Edward Langenback

© 02/25/05

It requires a stronger faith to be an Atheist than it does to believe in God. This statement may seem strange at first but it is true and is easy to demonstrate. Because they claim that there is no God and therefore God did not create the universe, an atheist must present alternate explanations for the origin of the universe, Earth and especially human life. This requires them to believe creation was spontaneous and without direction or intelligent design of any kind. Everything happened purely by random chance. Given that starting point the atheist must then accept things like the following to be true:

(Note: This is a simplified version, the actual theory is much more complicated and involved.)

1) At some point before the beginning of the universe there was a single incalculably huge ball of ultra-dense collapsed-matter referred to as the monobloc. It's absolute origin is not explained (Where did it come from?)

2) This monobloc exploded. (I don't know why, I've never seen that explained.) All of the matter in it was raised to a temperature hot enough to reduce all matter to some form of subatomic particles and energy that was propelled outward at or near the speed of light.

3) Over time the temperature cooled, and these subatomic particles began to condense into more complex particles, eventually forming neutrons, protons and electrons.

4) The forces of gravity and magnetism acting upon particles and atoms gradually reduced the outward velocity caused by the explosion (The so-called Big Bang)

5) Because of their individual electromagnetic properties and the force of gravity, these three basic particles further condensed into atoms.

6) Over an incredibly long time (Billions of years), larger and larger masses of matter begin to form.

7)These masses of matter eventually condensed into stars, with smaller masses becoming planets, moons, asteroids and other bodies.

8) One of these planets was the Earth. It orbits the sun at exactly the right distance. Any closer or any farther away and Earth would be either too hot or too cold for life as we know it to exist.

9) As the Earth cooled, naturally occurring chemicals were brought together in many combinations under extreme (and uncontrolled) conditions.

10) Life began when the right chemicals were brought together in just the right proportions and in just the precise order to form the first simple proteins and amino acids.

11) Over time these amino acids and proteins were exposed to just the right conditions, combined in the exact proportions and exactly the right order to form DNA, which is without doubt the single most complex molecule known to man.

12) This DNA was actually viable. Enough of it's randomly assembled chromosomes contained enough working genetic code and existed in a pool of exactly the right raw materials to allow that code to execute, forming the first actual living creature in the form of a single celled organism.

13) This cell began to reproduce itself.

14) Over several hundred million years the descendants of that cell were subject to occasional mutations due to radiation from the sun and occasional exposure to naturally occurring radioactive materials on Earth.

15) These mutations would occasionally result in a viable new species that passed on its mutated features to its descendants.

16) The chain of mutations continued and life became more and more complex and varied until the Earth is teeming with an incalculable amount and variety of life.

In all of this we are expected to believe that everything happened absolutely as a result of purely random chance. If even one step is missed or even the tiniest bit off then it's all over and life as we know it cannot happen. I am no mathematician but I am certain that the accumulated probabilities of all these things happening as described is so small as to be non-existent. There is a much higher chance of Mr. Spock arriving from an alternate universe for the express purpose of telling us how illogical it is to expect such a chain of extremely unlikely events to occur with such precision.

Examining even this brief list of beliefs shows that an atheist is displaying a very strong Biblical faith. This faith is the same thing that Bible believing Christians are talking about when we speak of having faith in God. The atheist is simply applying faith differently by believing in random chance instead of God. Biblical faith is defined best by the Greek word that most occurrences of the word faith are translated from which is pistis {pronounced pis'-tis} [strong's number 4102] and means 'belief with the predominate idea of trust or confidence', credence; moral conviction, assurance, belief, believe.

Fortunately we need not wait for the fictional Vulcan to advise us. There is a basic principal which science has successfully applied for years called "Occam's Razor":

"One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything."

Which means that the simplest explanation for anything is usually the most likely. Given the previous explanation of the origin of everything by accident and the alternative that God created everything deliberately, the simpler and thus more likely explanation is found in the Bible.

Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

In this explanation we are not required to believe in such an incredibly involved chain of random events. The Bible makes it clear that the origin of the universe and everything in it is God:

Hebrews 11:3, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

Note that those of us who believe the Bible as God's word are perfectly open about the whole issue being a matter of faith as previously defined. Atheists however will usually take offense at the idea that they have faith in their theory of the origin of the universe.

God himself existing outside the limitations imposed by the framework of space and time that He created:

Psalms 90:2, "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God."

After all this, the obvious question is "Given the unlikelihood of things happening like this, WHY would anyone persist in an Atheist belief?"

Because if they accept the existence of God and the Biblical Creation story, things get uncomfortable fast. If they accept that God exists and that He created the universe, Earth, life in general and humans in particular then that means having to accept what God has said and done in everything else. His law and commandments become something that they have to face and be held responsible for and ultimately facing judgment before a righteous God who will not, by His very nature, can not compromise.

It's a fearful thing to realize that God's standard is one of absolute perfection when you know that you have fallen short of that perfection by a huge list of things that you've done even though you knew that they were wrong. Any one of which is all it takes to keep you out of heaven.

Fortunately, God provided a way for us to face Him and enter heaven in spite of the fact that we don't deserve it. That way is Jesus and the sacrifice that He made on the cross. By living without sin and then paying the price of sin Jesus paid the price that will allow anyone to face God without fear of condemnation.

This offer is free because there is no way that anyone could ever earn it. It is open to anyone who will do the simplest things. First you have to recognize your need:

Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"

Simply put, everyone who is able to understand the knowledge of right and wrong has done things that they knew at the time were wrong.

Second: you have to accept what God has done about it and accept it.

Romans 10:9, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Remember, this is a free gift. You don't have to earn it because you CANNOT earn it.

Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."

It's that simple. No complicated explanations. No list of ceremonies and rituals to perform. No need to somehow earn it or bargain for it. There are no restrictions or special cases or exceptions. If you are a living human then you are not only allowed to accept this offer, God himself is recommending it to you. Still, the choice is yours, He will not force your decision.

Deuteronomy 30:19, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:"

There is ONE thing you need to keep in mind about this free gift. It is a limited time offer. God will wait only just so long before closing the offer. Once you die, or Jesus returns the offer will be withdrawn and you will be stuck in whatever condition you are in at the time. Until that time nobody who accepts this free gift will be rejected or sent away.

John 6:37, "All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."