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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207 thoughts on “16 Sobering Things Every Atheist Should Know

  1. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus May 31, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Of course we know Victor that God Spoke the World into existence, there was no Big Bang but yes if there had been it would have originated from Him as you said and would have had His signature all over it as we see today in our World.

    Blessings – Anne.

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  2. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus May 31, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    It seems Notabilia that you like I once did and others do too, believe unproven theories and are unaware of the True facts, so I will leave some links for you below that confirm what I shared by Scientists that have proven the Theories of Evolution and the Big Bang are not a reality and are in error and you also cannot deny because you don’t want to believe it, that our blood doesn’t mix with Animals, many notable Scientists will agree with this Truth too, we also have human DNA Belly Buttons that no Animals have and as I shared before D.N.A does not change so we could never have evolved from Animals which means we were Created and this means there is an Awesome Creator as confirmed in His Creation and in His inspired Words in Scripture.

    http://www.eternal-productions.org/101science.html

    http://creation.com/

    http://creation.com/whats-this-all-about

    http://www.christiananswers.net/creation/aqoo/

    Kind Regards – Anne

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  3. notabilia May 30, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I understand, Aussie Freedom something something – my comment was not directed to your “like.”
    I cannot imagine how someone like you makes it through the world as an upright adult – what you write down is magnificently preposterous. Our blood doesn’t mix with animals? The fiction of the Big Bang? Wow. What an education I am getting here in wordpressian wonderland. did you teachers know that you harbored these stupefying anti-science prejudices?
    Listen, there are some things people are just not cut out for. I’m a terrible plumber. I’m not too good at horseshoes. How about you and Victor leave the Big Thoughts alone for awhile – you just are not up for them.

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    • VictorsCorner May 30, 2016 / 10:44 pm

      @Notalia. I would love to take your advice but not when it’s mistaken. Is it not funny that you have enough faith to believe in the so-called big bang theory but none in the existence of God?

      “The physical Universe is a massive effect that must have an adequate cause. The presence of physical laws as well as human morality are evidence of a Creator Who designed the material realm and we humans who reside within it.” http://apologeticspress.org/MediaPlayer.aspx?media=4772&utm_source=5%2F30%2F2016&utm_campaign=Newsletter+16&utm_medium=email

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      • notabilia May 30, 2016 / 11:07 pm

        There is no “faith” to the Big Bang reality. It’s a scientific presumption of how the world originated. Thousands of scientists all over the world have collaborated to established this working account of how matter came into being. That’s it. No gods, no ridiculous conception of some “Creator,” which is utterly laughable. You are fighting a losing battle with established reality, like the racists who kept trying to justify slavery. Eventually, the world became wiser, and now only morons and congential freaks utter racist drivel in public. We can agree on many things, including the need to be nice to decent folks, but neither racism nor religious nonsense need “toleration.”

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        • VictorsCorner May 30, 2016 / 11:32 pm

          It is a ‘presumption’ and you believed it wholeheartedly? That’s not science. So you can’t rightly say it has been established. Because it has not and would never be.
          Real science is not based upon some ‘presumptions’ without empirical proofs.

          I am not fighting any battle with you or anyone over this. It is a settled matter already. God is the origin of life and everything in the universe. Science is our means of discovering what God has already created. If you insist there was a big bang, then the big God must have banged it 😂😀

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  4. Thank you Victor and you can be assured you have my support here 100%, I will return in the near future and respond again to the Atheists who attacked you, together we stand, divided we fall.

    Sadly we do know Atheists are motivated by their inner fear, only Perfect Love can overcome this and since they reject God they don’t have His Eternal Peace found in His deep abiding Love.

    It’s now very late in Aussie land Victor and well past my bedtime, I will hopefully return in the morning or later in the day or at night again.

    Blessings Anne.

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    • VictorsCorner May 30, 2016 / 10:28 pm

      It’s ok Anne. Thank you for your support. And do have a good night rest.

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  5. Correction Nnotabilia, sorry but I did not like your comment it was clicked by mistake, I missed Victor’s like and hit yours instead.

    But as I now have corrected my mistake, I would like to ask you what evidence do you have that we evolved from animals or nothing if that is what you believe instead of Creation ? The current Scientific evidence confirms we could never evolved from animals as our DNA is different which God told us it was in the Scriptures even before there was Pathology and Medical Science and as we know DNA never changes that is why the Police are able to use it today for identification, also our blood does not mix with animals blood regardless of how close it is to ours and the Big Bang Theory has now been proven to be fictitious, there is no evidence at all to confirm it..

    So Nnotabilia what do you believe and what evidence do you personally have to confirm what you believe?

    Regards – Anne.

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  6. VictorsCorner May 29, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    This reminds me: Anne is another confirmation of my claim in item no 8 that “There have been people who turned from atheism to God.”
    She was an atheist for a long time before coming to Christ. She shares her testimony for us to know what God has done in her life.

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  7. Reblogged this on Freedomborn … Aussie Christian Focus and commented:
    A great message Victor which I feel privileged to Reblog and yes as much as some may disagree it’s filled with Love, yes God is Love and He Loved everyone enough to send Jesus to be our Redeemer and He hates Sin because it brings evil, suffering and separation from Him.

    Having been an Atheist for almost 30 years after being deceived as a young Teenager that I came from an Ape, I appreciated very much Victor how you presented this very important witness of God’s Truth in His Word and yes we can see very much His reality in His Creation too that is why He tells us no one will have an excuse for rejecting Him.

    There is not one argument that an Atheist can present that cannot be refuted with God’s Truth and only a fool would reject His Truth.

    Thank you again Victor and Bless you greatly for your Stand for God against all that undermines His Majesty.

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus- Anne.

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    • VictorsCorner May 29, 2016 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you Anne for reblogging this. I feel privileged that you are lending your voice to mine in sending this gospel out.

      I am glad that you recognised it as a message of love, which it is. Unfortunately, I have been severely attacked here (as you might have noticed) and on Twitter for these truths I shared here. But I am not surprised! It is well with you, Anne.

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  8. Allallt May 24, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I think you’re failing to grasp my point: the things you think atheist ‘should’ know are already things most atheists know you ‘think’ are true. Simply repeating them isn’t helping any one make any progress in any direction.

    Try the following 8 facts I think you should know:

    (1) God doesn’t exist just because you believe it really hard.
    (2) Reading the Bible has not allowed people to come to know god, that’s why there’s tens of thousands of denominations of Christianity.
    (3) If Jesus is the only way to God, entire civilisations for thousands of years had no path to God, even though God spoke to them
    (4) You are not the first person to sincerely believe an indefensible claim
    (5) Most atheists turned away from religion
    (6) Your lifetime is your one opportunity to understand what it true and good and beautiful. God is not a part of that.
    (7) There are many problems relating to God that cannot be handled without just ignoring them.
    (8) Questions of ‘sin’ cannot be handled by pretending a human sacrifice 2,000 years ago is a moral answer.

    I’d wager that you already know I believe these things to be true. But, simply writing it down doesn’t help you deconvert, does it?

    See, the argument centres around the question of whether the Bible is a fiction book or not. I’m from the camp that says it is a work of fiction. Thus, quoting from that book to say it is not fiction is no more powerful than quoting from The Hunger Games. I don’t believe the Bible, so quoting from the Bible is not going to convince me (or other atheists).

    You need some sort of evidence and reasoned argument to convince other people.The only people taking your assertions seriously are people who would have believed it even if they hadn’t read it. That’s not your target audience.

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    • VictorsCorner May 25, 2016 / 7:57 am

      I would say I got your point the first time. We obviously have different views, and I recognise I cannot force you into accepting mine. It’s totally up to you…

      If you missed the introductory quote in the article, I would suggest you read it again: “… 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.”

      Whether you accept the Bible or not doesn’t stop it from being what it is – the written word of God. You said you are from the camp that sees it as a work of fiction. But I am from the camp that knows the Bible was inspired by God.

      If you have the time, you may check this link on why we say the Bible was divinely inspired: https://carm.org/what-is-meant-by-inspiration
      There are evidence even outside the Bible that proves there must be a God. For instance, kindly see the post: http://www.everystudent.com/features/isthere.html.

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      • Allallt May 25, 2016 / 9:48 am

        So, what was your purpose in writing this? It’s titled as if it’s aimed at atheists. But it patently isn’t.

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        • VictorsCorner Jun 4, 2016 / 5:49 pm

          @Allallt. The purpose of the piece was clearly stated, irrespective of whether or not you agree with it.

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          • Allallt Jun 5, 2016 / 11:00 am

            Thank you for your politician’s merry-go-round. That you ignore my comments and simply tell me to read the post again, as if the answer is in there somewhere, is noted.

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            • VictorsCorner Jun 5, 2016 / 11:54 am

              Allallt, I read your comments and I am sure you read my responses too. Calling them a ‘politician’s merry-go-round’ is a display of lack of understanding, of which I am not surprised (No offence intended please).

              The appropriate points were already made in the post. While I appreciate the fact that you read them, I also know I can’t force you to accept them.The choice is entirely yours.

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      • Allallt May 25, 2016 / 12:18 pm

        I thought I’d replied to this already. If I’m just being blocked, let me know. It’ll save me a lot of time.
        Your objective and target audience are defined in your post: “I owe it to such people [atheists] in particular and to humanity in general, to tell them about God”.
        So, I’m not evaluating your theology at all. I’m evaluating the attempt you made to reach out to atheists. And here’s why I think your efforts were poor:
        Most atheists have deconverted from a religion; they know the superficial claims you are offering already and have their reasons for their disbelief.
        (I am an exception to this, I’ve never been religious.)
        You offer no way of becoming convinced of God that cares what is true. A lot of atheists will say they care that is true. What you offer is unsupported claims and rhetoric. That tends not to convince people who have thought about it.
        You say you want to “let them [atheists] know some things that may help them make up their mind in the affirmative [RE: God’s existence]”. And yet you offer nothing that one can mull over in attempting to understand truth. There’s no evidence. There’s no reasoned discussion.
        Your entire 16 “facts” can be summarised into 3: that you believe, that the Bible says you’re right to believe, and that I could believe too.

        I’m not going to implore you to come over to my blog, because I’m not excited to have a discussion with someone who responds with some iteration of the sentiment ‘I can’t make you believe, but I am right’. I’m more interested in discussions of evidence and reason. Most atheists I’ve met are.

        It does raise an interesting question: who are you really writing for? It could be that you’re fishing for a pat on the back from other Christians, or that this is some sort of tick-box exercise where you think God will accept this as an effort to honestly reach out to save the souls of atheists. But in terms of actually reaching out to atheists, I can see that you’ve made that effort.

        Again, this is not about your theology. What I will say about your theology is that it’s not enough to convince atheists, because all of theology starts with “if God exists, then…”. This is about offering some honest criticism, if your goal really is to reach out to atheists, instead of just pretending your theology is self-evidence enough to convince anyone.

        But if that’s not your goal, then I’ve missed the mark. My apologies.

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        • VictorsCorner Jun 4, 2016 / 6:01 pm

          @Allallt. Your comment wasn’t being blocked as you thought. I just found it in spam folder, but moved it out here.

          You shouldn’t really have a problem with the title if it doesn’t mean anything to you. In case you missed the whole essense of this post, you may reread it again, especially the introductory quote. Thanks for your time.

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