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Understanding and Answering Atheism (1 of 7)
Atheism presents itself as intellectually superior, but once we get past the façade we soon find that it is little more than clouds of wind with no rain. What the apostles of atheism lack in substance they more than make up for with bold assertions and great swelling words. It is interesting how much easier it is to deceive people with a lie than to persuade them of the truth. I believe it is because deception draws from human nature where truth challenges both sin and human nature. Truth calls for us to put away what is false including pride, immaturity and our ego. People desire to be puffed up by knowledge and this leads to the desire of searching for secret revelations rather than the plainly stated truth. The truth does not appear as something exciting on the surface for it is plainly laid out whereas deception pretends to offer secret insights into something hidden and feeds the human ego by claiming to accomplish something through enlightenment. The promise of secret knowledge has always appealed to men more than plainly stated truth.
An example of this can be seen through the account of Naaman the Syrian who came to Elisha to be healed of leprosy. Elisha sent word to him stating to just go to wash in the Jordan River. Naaman complained that he expected Elisha to wave his hand over the place and call on God for a miracle, but he was greatly disappointed because of the simplicity of the instruction given and left in a rage. His servants came to him and asked, "If the prophet had instructed you to do something great, wouldn't you have done it? Why not obey the command to wash and be made clean?" This is human nature interfering with the truth. We want so much to see sensationalized truth that we are blinded to the plain simplicity of truth.
Generally speaking, I have found that apologetics do little to persuade those who are opposed to the gospel to turn to the truth. It is not possible to arg ...
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