So often, I have wondered, "why do Atheists try so hard to disprove God?" If you have posted faith based comments on Facebook or Twitter, or if you have left a comment on an online article, referencing God, chances are you have been attacked by Atheists. In my experience, the attack does not come from only one person, but a swarm. Recently, I posted in a Christian community on Google + and received a negative comment from an Atheist. I was curious why an Atheist would waste his time on a Christian site, leaving vulgar comments. The Atheist answered my question with a question of his own, "why do you discredit sites about fairies and werewolves?" This question was a complete misnomer, I have never mentioned fairies or werewolves in any of my writing, nor would I waste my time attempting to discredit those who do. I explained as much to my online antagonist and continued to query him as to why he felt compelled to discredit something he considered a myth. I received no answer.
As our home church is studying through 1 John, we came to this passage: 1John 3:12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous. We talked through the saga of Cain and Abel, discussing the various theories as to why Abel was accepted by God and Cain was not. (I will probably address this in a future post) The murder of Abel necessitates the question, "what was Cain hoping to accomplish by killing his brother?" Simply reading the account in chapter 4 of Genesis, we do not have an answer to this question, but in the above passage, we can find the answer to both Cain's intent and the intent of Atheists who feel compelled to discredit a God in whom they claim not to believe.
John reveals to us, "And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous" Abel's righteousness cast light onto the darkness of Cain's heart, revealing the sin within. This is a matter of accountability. Cain mistakenly believed he could extinguish the light of truth by killing Abel. Atheists know as long as there is a possibility of God actually existing, there is a possibility they will be held accountable. By Atheists fervently attempting to disprove God, they are, in essence, killing Him, in order to eliminate any possibility of judgement. God is light and His light exposes sin. Once light exposes sin, the only course of action is to remove the sin or remove the light. Those who choose to remove the sin must come to God through the blood of Christ. Those who choose to remove the light must eliminate the light source.
Interestingly, my protagonist's question about fairies and werewolves actually harms his case. I obviously do not believe in fairies and werewolves and because I know they do not exist, the idea of fairies and werewolves is completely irrelevant to me. Even the remotest possibility that fairies and werewolves may exist pose no threat to my eternal disposition. People who believe in fairies and werewolves pose no threat to my eternal disposition. I spend exactly zero time discussing fairies and werewolves with those who post about them and I spend exactly zero time preparing arguments as to why it is impossible for fairies and werewolves to exist.
Cain killed Abel in order to hide his own sinfulness. Cain believed killing his brother would remove the light exposing his failure. Atheists are modern day citizens Cain, attempting to extinguish the light rather than remove the sin. The Church is called to be salt and light. Salt preserves and creates thirst, while light exposes sin and illuminates the correct path. Atheists are not satisfied with merely killing God, but are determined to silence the voice of the church. Why? Because by silencing the Church, the light is shuttered from public discourse and sinful hearts are safely protected from judgment.
When we are confronted by attacks from Atheists, we cannot resort to name calling or angry responses. The best way to handle attacks by unbelievers is by engaging them in deep questions. My experience has been, Atheists will ignore most questions, pose questions of their own and then describe answers given as being something found in a cow pasture. Though these exchanges seem fruitless and futile, I know the Word of God does not return empty and seeds of truth are planted. Jesus is the light of the world and sin hates light. In order to declare God cannot exist, one must claim to possess all knowledge, otherwise, there remains a possibility that God may exist. This is the quandary in which Atheists find themselves, thus the full out assault on God. Never be discouraged or feel defeated by gains the enemy makes against the influence of the Church. View Atheists the way God sees them, lost sheep in need of a savior. Continue to shine the light of truth. Most will continue to remove the light, but even if only one decides to remove the sin, that is a soul rescued from the fiery pit of hell.