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Psalm 53: The fool says There is no God

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Many atheists say they have become atheists because religious claims have not met their burden of proof. This is too general a statement. It's better perhaps to say religious claims have not met their burden of proof to the specific non-believer. Proof is individualistic because other people who believe in God have had some burden of proof met. They also have thought about and meditated on the "evidences" for God. In addition, if one defines something as a burden of proof then one must of necessity have a "standard." And in referencing standards the atheist is saying that others are more easily deceived or deluded than he is.

In non-religious matters, the standard of proof -- and the willingness to take the word of others-- is more accepted by atheists. They readily take their doctors' opinion on medical matters for instance without researching the whole history of cancer or dental treatments. There are moments when they decide to accept external proof outside of themselves. Of course they often say they have "studied" their way out of a religion, worldview, or religious Book. But from what is evident in church circles, most Christians don't understand enough of their holy book to study their way in it much less out of it. (And most Christians don't know enough about science to truly understand evolution, etc.) The many people who lost their faith because of higher criticism, or the theory of evolution for instance, would probably not have lost their faith if they had read the right books. Even those books written by Christians to "help" other Christians can be mistaken and can lead to unbelief. Certainly some of the more cruel Calvinistic books have turned many people away from Christ.

Many of the linguistic, archeological challenges of higher criticism which turned people away from the Bible have now been solved and now prove the Bible. Many of the supposed truths of evolution which turned people away from the Bible have been disproved.

So when a former Christian states that the religion has not proven itself to her standards, she is saying that God did not prove himself to her specifically, because God has apparently proven Himself adequately to other people. And much of the atheist's faith depends on the atheist consciously deciding EVERY time she is given proof (by someone else's testimony, by miracles, by strange phenomena) to declare within her own mind: "This person giving this testimony is deluded." Whether it's about angels, healing, inner deliverance, there is a committment in the unbeliever's heart to ALWAYS assume the believer is in a state of delusion to which the unbeliever would never be so stupid or so weak as to succumb to. There is a consistent unkindness and lack of esteem in others' opinion that the unbeliever must uphold.

So there is an invalidating of any "proof. The question is now whether Atheist A can not "see" proof, whether God didn't care to prove himself on A's terms, or whether A lacks insight into a certain kind of "sense." It is possible that --as Pascal says-- there are reasons for faith the mind doesn't (or is unwilling to) understand. Ignorance and Agnostic both have the same meaning...there is a not knowing. Which is honest.

Atheists have often said that "atheism is not a religion." But consider the following:
A religion is a system of thought that has tenets, professors, teachers, "sainted" believers, books and doctrines. Whether the believer is aware of all the tenets of a particular religion doesn't matter. The tenets are there. For the most part, most Christians hold to the same basic tenet. In the same way, most American atheists hold similar tenets...all culled together from the writings of their great teachers. Just as most Christians often say the same thing, so do most atheists.

1) the lack of a belief in spirit 2) the belief that life can only be viewed through the rational 3) the belief that people who believe in God are deluded. 4) The belief that people who believe in God are weak and need God for strength. 5The belief in evolution and progressivism, that humans are getting better as science advances 6) The belief that religion has caused most war while incidents of non-religious cruelty such as Stalin's, Mao's and the French Revolution were just flukes because atheism is peaceful 7) The belief that humanity creates God The belief that the noble savage is an ideal and religion judges unfairly. 9) The belief that religious books are not timeless but are rooted in the superstition of the past whereas the secular philosophies of the past (Greek philosophy etc) are the beginning of wisdom. 10) That the belief in atheism precludes believing in anything else but atheism. There are a few subsets for the most part. 11) That a religion should be evangelical thus the world should be saved from the wrong religion (in this case, the belief in God.) 12) that there is such a thing as an atheist culture just as there is a religious culture 13) that one should meet frequently with others in one's religion to reinforce one's belief so one doesn't fall from the true path.

Another way in which the atheist is corrupt is in his/her insistence on judging God. Atheists often say, "If there is a God why does He allow evil in the world?" But they don't argue rightly when they speak thusly. The earth is man's, it is under the temporary power of the wicked one, there is evil in the world. Man has free will. God guides and protects often but man does not listen. In addition, if one is to demand that God protect us from evil, then one must acknowledge that one also creates evil that others must be protected from. All humans create and do evil. Should God stop every evil thing that humans do? But where is the cut-off mark? Should God intervene if a person commits adultery, or lies or steals? No, the atheist would say, "God should stop the really evil things. Besides I do not do anything that evil. I follow my own standards and by my standards I am a good person."

1{To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David.} 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.

2God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

3Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

5There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

6Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

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