Monday, December 12, 2016

I don't have enough Faith to be an Atheist

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I've been reading through "I don't have enough Faith to be an Atheist" by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek.  And by reading, I mean listening to the audiobook.  Christian Audio was kind enough to make it available free of charge a few months ago, so I took them up on it.  It is a fantastic read.  It's just fantastic.  Geisler lays out a rock solid argument, walking through twelve points on why Christianity is true.  I read this book and I just ache inside because I wish this sort of information would make it out to the general public.  But it really doesn't.  

There is an iron curtain out there, in the universities, in secular government, Hollywood, and especially the sciences that locks out anything that doesn't jive with darwinian naturalism.  This wall of resistance to facts really does an incredible disservice to the general public.  It indoctrinates out children en masse, and turns them into secular thinkers.  There's no other way around it, that's what is happening.  

But we feel locked in, because of the cries against theocracy.  But is teaching the Bible theocracy?  Not at all.  At least privatize education then, because the naturalist worldview is not based on facts and evidence, it's based on unproven philosophical presuppositions.  Allow families the choice, to choose what worldview their children will be taught.  

“One who claims to be a skeptic of one set of beliefs is actually a true believer in another set of beliefs.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

Reading "I don't have enough Faith to be an Atheist" is simply stunning, and eye opening.  These apologetics need to get out to people.  But the gates are locked.  Thankfully we can go around the mainstream media via the internet.

Probably one of the greatest goals of this blog is to communicate the evidence for God to those who simply don't know.  No one has told them.  So I try to tell them.  I don't reach many, 500 a day or so.  That's a drop in the bucket.  Something like 120,000 people die a day worldwide.  

Did you know if Jupiter wasn't positioned the way it is right now there would be no life on Earth?  It's true.  Jupiter protects Earth from being bombarded by asteroids.  Of course we all know that without the moon the Earth wouldn't support life.  If Earth was just a little closer to the sun, no life.  If the universe's gravitational constant was adjusted to the .0000000000001 there would be no stars or planets.  But get this: Did you know if there were no earthquakes, the Earth couldn't support life?  It's true.  Crazy stuff!

If you get the chance, definitely pick up a copy of "I don't have enough Faith to be an Atheist."  Or make it a Christmas gift for a skeptical friend!  There is another out too I think, "I Still Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist."  There are plenty of other good books on evidence for God though, one of my favorites is "The Language of God" by Francis Collins.  

Guys go crazy for apologetics.  Many girls do as well.  But I think we could even things out in the church of Christ if we talked more about apologetics.  Today the church in the United States is 60% female, 40% male.  Evidence for God could even that out, that's my take anyway.  Society needs men with good strong chests, don't you think?  Otherwise it tends to fall over.  If I were Satan, I would target young men, that's where the hope of the society lies.  With strong men, and of course strong women as well.  

Systematically the young seem to be perpetually under attack.  Their minds are under attack.  The assault is one of the flesh.  

I often think to myself, that we live in a mine field.  A mine field of the mind.  When I think about it, over the course of a single day, how many times I'm exposed to the female body, in skimpy outfits, whether it's television, social media, and out in the public, it's everywhere. That's no accident.  Our minds are under attack.  If the enemy can turn us into sex addicts, media junkies, drug addicts, alcoholics, self worshipers, smart phone addicts and so on, then he can make us utterly ineffective in our attempts to better the world through Christ.  

With this brutal attack on men, and on women, I find myself desperate for men to learn of all the evidence for the existence of God.  What's the first thing a man tends to think when you bring him a proposition?  He thinks: Show me the facts.  Prove it to me.  You say this is a great deal, prove it to me.  Otherwise I'm not interested.  

Those facts are fantastically abundant.  But if you watched television you'd assume it's just a bunch of silly myths that should be abandoned.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  

I turned on the dreaded television just a few days ago to watch the Packers devour a hawk of some sort, and after on Fox, came on The Simpsons.  A particularly nasty show, that I no doubt watched when I was about 10 years old.  Full of nasty stuff.  And sure enough, the episode was one trashing and mocking priests and pastors and such things.  I check my television again for a game tonight and noticed "Lucifer" was on next on Fox.  Very wholesome entertainment don't you think?  Lucifer is a hot young bachelor who womanizes, but he's actually going to "help people."  He's a friendly lucifer.  Gotcha.  Believe me, just the tip of the iceberg.

The fact is, atheism is unsustainable.  It's systemically contradictory.  The universe had a beginning, a big bang.  Science shows that.  The question is: Who caused the big bang?  Nothing can't create something.  The universe isn't eternal, so what created it?  Can't it be that an intelligent designer created a universe that looks designed?  Don't we realize that our bodies function like designed machinery?  It's true.  This kind of complexity could never come about by chance.  That's what scientists more and more start insisting on entirely unsubstantiated theories like panspermia and the multiverse.  They vainly try to wish away the fine tuning of the universe with science fiction.

That's one of the key points Dr. Geisler makes in his book.  Check it out.  I can only reach so many people with the facts about the Bible and God.  So if your out there reading these words, spread memes on social media, post quotes, start a podcast or video channel, or start a blog like this.  Get the facts out there.  They're teaching lies in the universities.  The truth is, if the truth is going to get out, if people are going to come to know God almighty, their creator, you have to carry the message.  As they say, you are the resistance.  

The naturalists and atheists are pretty much in charge now in the cultural institutions.  You have to be the grassroots army that gets the truth out there.  No one else will do it, you must do it.  Pray hard, work harder.  Good luck, and God bless. 

“God has provided enough evidence in this life to convince anyone willing to believe, yet he has also left some ambiguity so as not to compel the unwilling.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

 “if someone ever asks you, “Do you believe in evolution?” you should ask that person, “What do you mean by evolution? Do you mean micro- or macroevolution?” Microevolution has been observed; but it cannot be used as evidence for macroevolution, which has never been observed.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

“J. dBudziszewski points out, “The motto ‘Reason Alone!’ is nonsense anyway. Reason itself presupposes faith. Why? Because a defense of reason by reason is circular, therefore worthless. Our only guarantee that human reason works is God who made it.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

“What amazes us is that parents all over the world are literally paying thousands of dollars in college tuition so that their sons and daughters can be taught the “truth” that there is no truth, not to mention other self-defeating postmodern assertions such as: 8220;All truth is relative” (Is that a relative truth?); “ There are no absolutes” (Are you absolutely sure?); and, “It’s true for you but not for me!” (Is that statement true just for you, or is it true for everyone?) “True for you but not for me” may be the mantra of our day, but it’s not how the world really works. Try saying that to your bank teller, the police, or the IRS and see how far you get! Of course these modern mantras are false because they are self-defeating. But for those who still blindly believe them, we have a few questions: If there really is no truth, then why try to learn anything? Why should any student listen to any professor? After all, the professor doesn’t have the truth. What’s the point of going to school, much less paying for it? And what’s the point of obeying the professor’s moral prohibitions against cheating on tests or plagiarizing term papers?”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

 “natural selection may be able to explain the survival of a species, but it cannot explain the arrival of a species.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

 “skeptics are caught in a dilemma. If they say history cannot be known, then they lose the ability to say evolution is true and Christianity is false. If they admit history can be known, then they must deal with the multiple lines of historical evidence for creation and Christianity.”
Norman L. Geisler,
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

“If we teach students that there is no right and wrong, why are we surprised when a couple of students gun down their classmates or a teenage mother leaves her baby in a trash can?”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

 “the Moral Law is not always the standard by which we treat others, but it is nearly always the standard by which we expect others to treat us.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

“Contrary to what is being taught in many public schools, truth is not relative but absolute. If something is true, it’s true for all people, at all times, in all places.”
Norman L. Geisler, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist 

“Any denial of truth presupposes truth, so the existence of truth is inescapable.”
Norman L. Geisler,
I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

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