“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit,” (Proverbs 26:4,5, KJV).
“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened,” (Romans 1:18-21).
Last week I conducted an online experiment when I asked readers to prove that they existed. I posted it on several Facebook pages and waited for the results. Most Christians ignored the challenge, probably thinking it was a silly waste of time (and it probably was). But on an atheist site, it led to quite a discussion. Most of them thought I was crazy for believing they don’t exist.
But here was my point. If someone is convinced something is true, no amount of logic will appeal to them, No evidence could be mustered against their arguments. The atheists could not (that is, would not) see the comparison to their own positions concerning the existence of God, however. Arguing from logic or evidences is a useless exercise.
So when I discuss these things with an Atheist, I start with two premises:
1) God Exists
2) The Atheist Knows God Exists.
When combined together they lead to one conclusion: I don’t need to prove to them that God exists. What I need to do is to tear down their foolish arguments. They get really angry when you won’t play the “proof game” with them. And that is all that it amounts to: No amount of proof will convince them of God’s existence. Go after their reasons for not believing. The claim that “God is not just” or that He is a crutch. Now you are not on their playing field. Show them they are not as intelligent as they think they are.
But don’t for a moment assume that God does not exist. Then you are becoming like him.
David is currently an adjunct instructor of Composition and Speech at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa. His wife and he have also owned a business selling antique and collectible postcards on eBay since 1999. David was an activist with Operation Rescue in the early 1990s. He is a member of Trinity Presbyterian Reformed Church in Johnston, Iowa.
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