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Friday, May 2, 2008

Two Kinds of Atheists

There are basically two types of atheists.

The first group consists of persons who for whatever reason have not yet been convinced or seen enough evidence of a supreme being. They may have no religious background, they may have had life experiences, pain and trials, that they felt proved a godless universe. They may have met one too many hypocritical Christians. The reasons are endless. However, those in this group could change given the right evidence, the right testimony, and the right personal experience. They are open to the possibility that they might be wrong, and are not prideful or illogical in their discussions with believers and hold no animosity toward those of faith.

Group two consists of persons who for whatever reason have made a conscious choice to reject God. They may, as those in group one, have had life experiences, pain and trials, that they felt proved a godless universe. They may have met one too many hypocritical Christians. The reasons are endless. However, they at some point decided that they did not WANT there to be a God. They like being atheists, they consider themselves superior over those of faith, and they have committed their lives to constantly berating, insulting, contradicting, attacking and otherwise belittling people of faith, primarily Christianity and all of its followers. Their disbelief becomes hate. Then once their hate takes over, it overshadows their logic, their rationale, and their very personalities. They become, as their total identity, the “atheist”. They thrive in their atheism. It becomes who they are. It becomes their religion.

The Bible says that God has given a “measure of faith” to every person. It says He draws all men to Him. It also says that none of us would seek Him if He did not draw us.

No atheist in hell will ever be able to say that God did not draw him or her, or that they did not at some point in their life know or at least suspect that there really was a God. And unfortunately, all too many of them will realize that their pride and their hate, and their willful rejection of Him is what put them in the flames – not God.

Harsh? Reality is harsh sometimes..

Scripture references:

"For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3

"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." John 12:32

"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:10-12

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4 Comments:

At 12:38 PM, OpenID 4simpsons said...

Good distinctions. I mainly come across the 2nd kind in the blog world. They aren't skeptical at all. They are firmly entrenched in their rebellion. I pray that God will change their hearts.

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

You do get a lot of group 2 on your blog, but you handle them well. I tend to ignore them, but welcome those from group one - I used to be a sympathizer after all. Agnosticism is not atheism, but it's close.

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Nashida Hakim said...

I echo 4simpsons. It's a pity you usually don't meet group 1 atheists; I can't recall where I've seen a single instance of one. If you find one, let me know. :D

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Nashida, I have met a few group oners - but admittedly not many. It's usually easier one-on-one with atheists than in a venue such as the Internet. Anonymity I think breeds animosity.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

 

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