THE ROOT OF ATHEISM
by Janice Davis
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Arguing the same moot points Christians and atheists use to explain why God exists or doesn't exist is wasted effort and falls on deaf ears. We could argue all day long with neither side convincing the other of its efficacy. Debating free-thought and morality is redundant and doesn't even begin to touch the heart of the matter. Those choosing to deny that God exists, have issues in the heart that rises from the ash heap of emotional pain and trauma buried in their past.
I have often questioned why someone would choose to become an atheist. What experience hardened their hearts, and what was it that pushed them to deny the existence of a loving God? After many years of overcoming my own trauma and pain, I understand the issues of trust that lie within the very core of a person struggling with their own identity. It's likely something very traumatic and destructive happened earlier in their life, turning them against believing there is a God. Were they emotionally wounded to the point of saying; "There can't be a God or this wouldn't have happened to me"? Were they consumed with a performance-based existence believing they could only be excepted if they performed perfectly? Was their failure fueled by anger, self-hatred and hatred of God for rejecting them? Did their parents reject God? Maybe their own father rejected them or abandoned them altogether. Some may have been horribly abused, believing God could love them was out of their scope of understanding. It was easier to believe God didn't exist. The role our parents play is vital in the formation of our emotional and mental development. Our beliefs about who we are and who we become are formed very early setting the stage for how we think and behave later in our lives. As humans we relate to God much the same way we relate to our earthly fathers. Many have been treated cruelly by their earthly fathers and believe God is looking down from heaven with a hammer ready to punish any disobedience. Satan's aim is to destroy the possibility of knowing God in a personal way. What better way for us to hate God than to compare Him to an earthly, sinful human being. The tactics Satan uses in his arsenal of defense are to inflict trauma and pain, then rob us of all hope. Show me a person who is dedicated to trusting God and you'll find someone full of unspeakable joy and happiness. Show me someone who denies God and you'll see a miserable hopeless human being. What future is there in that kind of life? or in the hereafter? Absolutely none!
The atheist says; "I am my own god". "I have personal autonomy" meaning, "I am a law unto myself and anyone outside of my own authority is illegitimate". Psalm 53:1 says; "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good." Atheists worship themselves and their own erroneous misguided beliefs. If God doesn't exists, why do they defend what they believe or deny so vehemently? If God doesn't exist, why do atheists even care what others believe? If God doesn't exist, why are they fighting against nothing? Are they mad? Or could it be that behind their facade is Satan himself, whose only desire is to ensnare and entrap them into believing there is no God? Pronouncing there isn't a God is like telling me the sky isn't blue. No matter how much you labor to convince me the sky isn't blue, the truth as a matter of observation tells me the sky is still blue. Nature itself tells us there is a God by mere observation. Anyone looking around can see the handiwork of a Creator. So arguing the point that God doesnít exists means nothing to me. Itís a waste of breath because I've experienced God. I've experienced His forgiveness, His love, grace and mercy and you can't argue with my experience. No one can add to Truth or take away from it because it's outside our realm of influence. As much as atheists enjoy lauding themselves with their fleshly works and achievements, the fact remains they are incapable of creating an alternate Truth, no matter how convincing they are.
God never has and never will force himself on anyone as atheists will argue. Each of us has been given the gift of free choice. Choosing to believe a lie will damn a soul to hell. I choose to embrace a Savior who I will spend eternity worshipping.
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