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Answer to an Atheist
We are mortals and cannot possible know the will of God. God does perform miracles in our lives, if we only stop to pay heed to them. If one takes a bunch of parts and random parts and pieces, gives them to a chimpanzee, and asks them to assemble a car from them, an Atheist would have one believe that eventually they would do it through random chance. There is another similar argument that if you placed 100 monkeys at 100 typewriters they would eventually come up with a Shakespeare play. Just as the Atheist argument claims that there is no proof that God exists because no on has ever seen him, there is also no proof that the monkeys will ever make a car or type Shakespeare. It has never been done and no one has ever proven that it will actually happen. At the current time, it is just a theory and there is not physical proof that it would happen.
For that matter there is no physical proof that the stars and moon exist either. Yet we believe them to be a part of our reality. We assume that the chair we are sitting in or the computer we are using is real as well, but if Atheist logic holds true, they too might be an illusion. If God does not exist how do we know that anything exists? God is all-powerful and does not need to bend to the demands of mortals to make him known. If he chooses to make himself known to any man, then he will do so. Demanding that God show himself and prove his existence is not necessary for an omnipotent being.
If God did try to make himself known to someone that did not believe in him then it does not mean that he was not there. A person will see what they want to see. People will block out any thought or image that does not agree with their ideas of reality. The person who fails to see God working in the world is ignoring anything that disagrees with their belief. This is not looking at the world objectively, but with a biased outlook. This type of bias discredits academic research studies for the inability to isolate the variables properly. It is impossible to draw any type of logical conclusion base on biased evidence.
If atheists say that God and supernatural experiences are the imagination or some form of mental disturbance, then it is easy to see forms of escapism and denial in them as well. Atheism falls by the same arguments that are used to support it. Hans Krug, an early player in the Anabaptist (now Mennonite) movement, proclaimed that anyone that was not baptized when they were at the age of knowing would not be seen as worthy in the eyes of God. He then proceeded to kill and harm those that refused adult baptism (Grislis, p.170). This is counter to what constitutes good Christian behavior on any account. Atheists use these supposed contradictions to prove the contradictions in the Christian Faith.
Saying that something does not exist simply became one has not seen it is preposterous. We have never seen a molecule with our bare eyes. We have used microscopes to make images of what we belief to be molecules, but this is only circumstantial evidence. There are many things in our world that we believe to be true, but for which we have no proof. It is irrational to dismiss one set of beliefs on the basis that there is not sufficient evidence, but to allow other ideas that suffer from the same lack of proof. Atheists are willing to accept the existence of an electron or proton, but they are unwilling to believe in a living God who continues to do miracles into this day.
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