16 Sobering Things Every Atheist Should Know

You should hear this if you are an atheist

… Belief in God isn’t blindly based on acceptance of the Bible as truth, or simply because the argument makes sense, but because when we begin to truly look for him, we begin to find him everywhere. In nature, in science, in supernatural experience, and perhaps most compellingly of all in the transformed lives of the people who have already believed in him – Martin Saunders, Contributing Editor, Christian Today.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I know that God exists. But I also know there are atheists everywhere around the world – people who do not believe in the existence of God.

Just like Jesus wants us to do, I owe it to such people in particular and to humanity in general, to tell them about God. Not just because of the earthly benefits but for the eternal significance as well.

That was why I earlier published To those who say there is no God. The post was an open letter to all those who believe that God doesn’t exist. The comments it generated gave rise to the When you encounter an atheist online for the first time series previously posted on this blog.

As you well know, I can’t force anyone to believe in God. But I can at least let them know some things that may help them make up their mind in the affirmative. After all, acknowledging Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and personal Saviour remains a decision everyone has to take by him/herself.

So if you are an atheist, here are 16 sobering truths I wish you to know.

1. God exists – whether you believe it or not.

I had to say that first because it is the main thrust of this discourse. This article is of no effect if God does not exist. What is the point of life if there was no God?

Sorry to disappoint you: the fact that you do not believe in God does not diminish Him one bit. He is an all-sufficient God. Even if you change your mind and decide to believe in God today, it still does not add to His value.

But you know what? It is in your best interest both in time and in eternity to acknowledge Him. I hope you will find the impetus to continue reading after hearing that!

2. To know God, check the Bible

The Bible is the manual of life God gave to man. It is the final authority on anything there is to know about God and His creation.

If in your search for God, you have not checked the Bible, then you have been looking in the wrong direction. And if you have checked it before, you have to check it again. This time, do it in faith.

God has revealed Himself to mankind through the Bible. The Bible has the correct answer to all the questions about life and the after-life. If your disbelief in God has come from reading other books, it is now time you read the Bible with an open heart and with faith.

3. God loves you, I thought you should know.

Contrary to what you might have heard about Him, God is a loving God. As the Bible puts it, “God is love.” God loves you even if you do not acknowledge Him yet.

You don’t believe in Him, He loves you. You hate Him, He still loves you.  Because of that love, He does not want you to perish in your ignorance of, or disbelief in, Him.

He would rather have you come to Him humbly in faith through His only Son Jesus Christ, whom He allowed to die in the hands of wicked people for your sin and those of mankind.

4. God is not angry with you.

Has anyone ever told you that God is angry with you? That will not be true! The fact that you don’t believe in God does not mean that He is angry with you. In fact, He loves you too much to be angry with you.

God should have been – and He has every right to be – angry with you for not believing in Him. But His Son Jesus Christ has paid the price for you once and for all. For now, you are covered by His abundant grace.

The only thing that can provoke God eventually is if you fail to acknowledge the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for you before you leave this earth. If that happens, there is nothing God can do for you again; His anger would then no longer be restrained on the other side of this life.

Anyone who fails to believe in God while alive will be eternally separated from Him after death.

5. Jesus Christ is the only Way to God.

That is an audacious claim, I know. But it is not outrageous.

It is true that there are many ways to arrive a given destination. But when it comes to going to God, Jesus Christ is the Only Way; there is no shortcut and there is no roundabout way.

There is no other way to God apart from through Jesus Christ.  That fact cannot be overemphasized.

Jesus Himself declared unequivocally: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” John 14:16.

6. You are not the first person to doubt the existence of God.

I guess you know that already! There have been people before you who did not believe in God and there will still be people after you who will not believe in Him.

For instance, Marilyn Adamson confessed in her expository article Does God exist?: 

I was an atheist at one time. And like many atheists, the issue of people believing in God bothered me greatly…

However, the fact that you are not alone in the disbelief in the existence of God should not give you any comfort. Being in a state where you do not believe in God is not the best place you can be.

What are you if you say there is no God?

7. The Bible has a word for anyone who doesn’t believe there is God.

You should hear that word as stated in Psalms chapter 14:1:

A fool says in his heart there is no God.

That is it. According to the Bible, anyone who says there is no God is a fool. Such persons may or may not be educated, lowly or highly placed in the society, if they do not acknowledge God, they are fools. That may sound harsh I know, but then it is the harsh truth.

So you can see that it is wisdom to acknowledge God. It is foolishness not to.

I know there are people who think they are wise so they think have no need of God. But for such people, the Bible says, “In professing to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:22).

No matter how you feel about it, there is no wisdom in saying there is no God. If I say there is no God, it means I am foolish.

The only good news after this is that this kind of foolishness can be cured. The cure is to turn to God in faith through Jesus Christ.

8. There have been people who turned from atheism to God.

Sad to say, some people have died in their atheism, thereby sentencing themselves to eternal damnation. But thankfully, there have also been people who moved from atheism to faith in the true God.

For instance, freelance writer and lecturer, Philip Vander Elst tells his own change story in the expository article  From Atheism to Christianity: a Personal Journey. He gives us a glimpse into who he was before he came to acknowledge God:

Growing up in a non-Christian family with intellectually gifted but unbelieving parents, I used to think that belief in God and the supernatural had been discredited by the advance of science, and was incompatible with liberty. Religious faith seemed to me to involve the blind worship of a cosmic dictator, and the abandonment of reason in favour of ‘revelation

Similarly, in Five atheists who lost faith in atheism Martin Saunders, a Contributing Editor for Christian Today, writes about some “former atheists who found that their belief in nothing ultimately led them nowhere.” These people were intellectuals who departed from their avowed atheism to robust faith in God. That can be your story too!

9. Your lifetime is your only opportunity for you to know God.

The nine months spent in your mother’s womb prepared you for the life on earth. Similarly, your life on earth prepares you to be birthed into eternity.

Therefore, your life on earth is your only opportunity for you to know God, personally. If you miss it, you miss out eternally.

I don’t want you to miss out. Hence, I am writing this post to you as an individual.

The point is, if you do not get to establish a personal relationship with God through his Son Jesus Christ while you are still alive, you will inevitably be faced with the stark reality of being forever separated from God. That’s not something to look forward to, I must say.

10. Whatever misgivings you have about God can be handled.

That’s a promise, trust me! God is big enough to handle any (mis)guided thought you might have about Him. But nothing can be sorted out without your cooperation.

As Saunders stated, “when we begin to truly look for [God], we begin to find him everywhere. In nature, in science, in supernatural experience, and perhaps most compellingly of all in the transformed lives of the people who have already believed in him.”

You were not born an atheist, just as I was not born a Christian. I became a believer in Jesus Christ and so can you.

At some point in your life (or is it over a period of time?), you came to believe there is no God. You have your reasons, rightly or wrongly, for the claim that there is no God. But He is such a gracious God that He would not force you to acknowledge Him.

Therefore, if you would make up your mind to seek Him in faith, you would find Him. This is a guarantee because God said through prophet Jeremiah that:

“… ye shall seek me, and find me [God], when ye shall search for me [God] with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:13

11. God has numerous children and He has room for you too.

The key is in your hands! God created everyone but not everyone is His ‘child’. I hope you didn’t find that confusing?

The children of God are those who believe in Him through Jesus Christ. You may say you do not believe in God. But it is that same God that you don’t believe in that created you.

Does God exist?

It is true He created you but He cannot force you to become His child. Becoming his child is something you would have to do out of your own volition, without any force from me or from anyone else.

To become a child of God, you have to be given the right. As the Bible says “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to … But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become sons of God” John 1:12

The good thing is that the right to become a child of God is yours for the asking… even right now!

12. If you die today, where would you spend eternity?

Would you not want to find an answer to that question before it becomes too late? That’s a question not only for you but for all humans. There are only two possible options – eternity with God or eternity without Him.

Fortunately, anyone who believes in God through His Son Jesus Christ has already settled that issue. For such people, there is nothing to fear; their place is in God.

You already know that the fact that you don’t believe in God does not preclude you from dying. And death is the gateway to eternity.  Once you die, you have lost all the chances of ever knowing God.

Your present life is the only chance you to make the decision about where to spend eternity – with God in Heaven or with satan in hell. There is no sitting on the fence between the two choices.

Failure to choose God is already an automatic choice for hellfire. Hope that doesn’t sound too harsh?

13. The question of sin cannot be cured except in Christ.

There is no substitute to Christ at all! Even you yourself know that you are not perfect; you are not without blemish. In order words, you are a sinner who needs the forgiveness of God.

I didn’t say that to condemn you, but rather as a kind of reality check. You have to know this (in case no one ever told you before now): just like all humans, you are a sinner because you were born that way.

Sin is the nature of all men. You cannot solve the problem of sin on your own; you need help – God’s help.

The only authentic remedy for sin is in the blood Jesus Christ. All it requires is a simple faith in His sacrificial death and resurrection. It is only in believing in God through Jesus that your sin nature and its eternal consequence can be permanently dealt with.

14. You are accountable to God, now or later.

This is inescapable! You may not believe in God but you should understand that you are still answerable to Him. Whether you chose to accept Him or not you will still be accountable to Him for your actions.

One day, you will stand before Him to explain how you lived your life here on Earth and what you did with the offer of grace by His son Jesus Christ. I thought you should know that too.

15. There is a future reality called Hellfire.

Many people don’t like to hear that word ‘hellfire’. But I care about you too much not to warn you about it!

It is the final destination reserved for everyone who rejects the salvation that Christ offers. The place was originally meant for satan and his angels. But sadly, anyone that rejects God has sided with satan and so will ultimately end up where satan himself will be confined to too, forever.

You don’t have to go there if you decide to accept Jesus Christ now that you are still alive, otherwise, hellfire will be an inescapable reality. This is not a threat; it is the truth I just tried to share in love.

16. Very far from God is not too far yet.

You might think that you have gone a long way in the journey of your (wrong) belief that God doesn’t exist. But I would say you are yet to reach the point of no return. God is ready to accept you as his son/daughter if you give Him the chance now.

Once you realise that you are on the wrong part, the honourable thing to do is to retrace your steps. Anyone who fails to acknowledge God is already on the wrong path.

If you don’t want to end up in the wrong destination, you should not continue on the journey in the wrong direction. The prodigal son found his back to his father, so can you!

Forget about the wrong things you might have been told about God. Dismantle your previous mindset and seek God yourself with all your heart and with faith.Give Jesus an invitation into your heart and I can assure you He will honour it.

Would you acknowledge God through His son, Jesus Christ now?

 

P.S: To you that believe in God through his Son Jesus Christ, if you have any sobering thing you would want an atheist to know that doesn’t fall into any of the ones listed above, do me a favour by commenting. You may be the voice that someone may hear to turn to God. Those that have contrary opinions are also welcome to comment.

 

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166 thoughts on “16 Sobering Things Every Atheist Should Know

  1. John Arthur 29/09/2019 / 5:06 am

    Nowhere does the bible teach of a hellfire as eternal punishment. See the Tentmaker Ministries at https://tentmaker.org/

    Christians who believe in hell as a place of everlasting torment generally lack compassion and show far less compassion than non Christians do.

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    • VictorsCorner 29/09/2019 / 7:59 pm

      “It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven… ”

      “The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God…”
      Source: https://www.gotquestions.org/hell-real-eternal.html

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      • John Arthur 30/09/2019 / 4:01 am

        The link that you supplied was from a Fundamentalist website, so I am not surprised that you have been brainwashed to accept what it says.

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        • VictorsCorner 30/09/2019 / 10:50 pm

          Surprised or not, the facts were clearly spelt out in that post. You deny them at your own peril.

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  2. John Arthur 29/09/2019 / 5:19 am

    The doctrine of hell has caused more people to become atheists than any other Christian doctrine that is taught. The bible doesn’t teach hell. It teaches that Jesus is the Saviour of all human beings, especially those who believe (1 Tim.4:10).

    If Jesus IS the Saviour of all human beings, then no-one will go to any place called hell as you conceive of it. This hell doctrine is a doctrine of religious terrorism.

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    • VictorsCorner 29/09/2019 / 8:11 pm

      Don’t be deceived, if there is Heaven for those who believe in Jesus, there must also be hell fire for those who reject Him.

      Yes, Jesus is the Saviour of the world. But not everyone in the world has accepted or will ever accept His offer of salvation. To those people, hell fire is inescaple.

      This is afair warning, not religious terrorism, as you put it.

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      • John Arthur 30/09/2019 / 3:50 am

        Jesus is either the saviour of all or he is inly the saviour of some. I Tim.4:10 says that he is the saviour of all human beings. So are you saying that the pseudonymous author of 1 Timothy is wrong. If the bible is wrong here, as you seem to be saying, then maybe it’s wrong in many places.

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      • John Arthur 30/09/2019 / 3:56 am

        The doctrine of hellfire is a doctrine of religious terrorism. Jesus referred to Gehenna (hell) which was the rubbish tip located in the valley of Hinnon. He didn’t teach religious terrorism, like you do.

        The doctrine of never ending punishment for finite “sins” committed in finite time by finite persons makes God out to be unjust and a moral monster. God, if he exists, is a God of infinite compassion, healing-mercy and loving-kindness and would not do such a monstrous thing. He is just. His anger is but for a season, but his mercy endures forever. He is the saviour of all human beings. He is not a religious terrorist, as you make him out to be.

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        • VictorsCorner 30/09/2019 / 10:49 pm

          You are entitled to your own opinion. But it doesn’t mean it is right.
          Your claims are incorrect.

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          • John Arthur 02/10/2019 / 4:24 am

            But My claims are backed up by the bible , whereas your are not. Jesus IS the Saviour of all human beings, not some.

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            • VictorsCorner 02/10/2019 / 6:03 am

              You twisting the Bible to wuit your aim. Only those who accepts Jesus as Lord will be saved.

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              • John Arthur 04/10/2019 / 1:26 am

                All will accept Jesus as Lord by the power of the breath as he taught his disciples. Jesus, himself, was empowered by the breath. So, too, can you be.

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                • VictorsCorner 04/10/2019 / 8:16 pm

                  All will not accept Jesus, but one day they shall be ‘forced’ to confess Jesus as Lord. Until then, everyone still alive today have the opportunity to accept Jesus out of their own freewill, without being forced.And that includes you.

                  I am already empowered by the Holy Spirit. Jesus too was empowered by the Holy Spirit. not by breath as you put it.

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                  • John Arthur 02/12/2019 / 11:26 am

                    No-one will be ‘forced’ to confess Jesus as Lord, now nor ever. Some believe that Jesus lies dead someone on the Judean hills, so it is useless to confess anything about him. But some follow Jesus’ and Buddha’s method of breath meditation.

                    If there is no Holy Spirit, how can you be empowered by this Spirit? Speaking in gobbledegook or jibber jabber can’t empower anyone. Why not try breath meditation?

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                    • VictorsCorner 04/12/2019 / 6:02 pm

                      You can’t believe be forced to believe. You have to do it by your own freewill.

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                  • John Arthur 03/12/2019 / 12:20 am

                    Hi Victor,

                    You need to give up that barbaric book written by bloodthirsty, ignorant and very violent savages called the bible. No compassionate person could write that rubbish. It’s a horror story. You’d be better off taking deep breaths and following your internal guidance system. You would be liberated from the imprisonment the bible and its religious gurus bring.

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                    • VictorsCorner 04/12/2019 / 6:00 pm

                      I don’t even understand you. And I’m not sure you understand yourself either.

                      Something seem to be troubling you. Only God can give you a peaceful heart.

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                    • John Arthur 05/12/2019 / 3:21 am

                      You say that you don’t understand what I am talking about. It’s so simple that I am sure that you can understand it, if you put your mind to the task.

                      The thoughts that we continually reflect upon are what shape us as persons. You can meditate upon positive, uplifting, inspiring and encouraging thoughts of compassion, healing-mercy and loving-kindness as well as peace, well-being, healing, harmony and wholeness. This type of thinking will lift you up so that you are enabled and empowered to encourage, inspire and uplift others.

                      Then there are negative thoughts which do damage to our emotions, bring people into despair and repel others. What someone whose emotions are damaged needs is help of the right kind.

                      Breathing in slowly and out slowly helps to calm the nerves and provides increased ability to think positive thoughts. A loving-kindness meditation taught by Buddha and Jesus could also help you. Have a wonderful day!

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                  • John Arthur 06/12/2019 / 12:25 am

                    You are right when you say that no-one will be forced to confess Jesus as Lord but will believe of their own free will, Yet, up above, you say that unbelievers will be ‘forced’ to confess Jesus as Lord. Aren’t you contradicting yourself?

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  3. John Arthur 06/12/2019 / 12:38 am

    You say that atheists are going to burn in hell when they die, if they don’t repent of their so-called sins before they die. Where does the bible say that atheists are going to end up in hell?

    Your concept of hell seems to be everlasting, unspeakable torture of so-called “unrepentant sinners”. Of course, no loving person would torture anyone and certainly not burn them. Doesn’t the concept of God that you have make him out to be a moral monster, no better than that mythical figure called ‘the devil”?

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  4. John Arthur 06/12/2019 / 12:46 am

    Hi Victor,

    Your Pentecostal masters appear to have done a thorough job in brainwashing you in their biblical interpretation, theology, and theological ethics. They have brainwashed you to believe that God is not a God of peace, but a god of violence who must punish sin and sinners with unspeakable torture because they honestly could not believe the Pentecostal propaganda. The false concept of hell as unspeakable torture is one of Pentecostal’s chief propaganda weapons that they use to gain religious converts. It’s bad news, not good news!

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    • VictorsCorner 06/12/2019 / 5:59 pm

      God is a God of peace but it doesn’t mean He is not for justice. Hell fire is real, no matter how much you and your likes try to wish it away.

      The only way you can escape it is to give your life to Jesus Christ. I don’t want you to leave this world and find its too late for you to so. Now is your time.

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      • John Arthur 06/12/2019 / 11:55 pm

        You assume that God’s justice is violent and retributive that he must torture people to satisfy his blood lust. But if God is love and non-violent then his justice must be compatible with his love and peace. So isn’t God’s justice restorative justice? Hell is a fiction made up by the church when it turned to violence as a means of gaining control over people.

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      • John Arthur 08/12/2019 / 5:00 am

        Hi Victor,

        Pentecostals, Charismatics, and Fundamentalists are almost always Conservative Evangelicals who take the bible far too literally and refuse to recognize the myths in the bible. They refuse to proclaim the gospel of Jesus which is good news to the poor and liberates the captives. They proclaim bad news by twisting the good news of Jesus and turning it into news about an angry god whose modus operandi is violence and not peace, judgment and not love.

        The liberal evangelicals are the Christians who are proclaiming truly good news that God loves all and will have mercy upon all. He is a God of love and not an unspeakable torturer that you conservative evangelicals believe in. Your so-called gospel is supposed to be fire insurance, but no loving person would ever burn anyone. You need to repent of your completely erroneous views and stop doing damage to gullible persons who are scared into the church by your psychological terrorism.

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