Today I left a comment on the Atheist Bus Campaign web site. For those who haven’t heard of this campaign, it involves placing ads on buses in cities throughout Canada with the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”.
I’m not at all distressed by this campaign. It shouldn’t surprise us in the least if we understand the Bible, because we are clearly told that in the last days there will be an increase in unbelief. We’re also told that Jesus will return for a glorious Bride. I believe that we can expect the line between faith and unbelief to become much more visible as the Lord’s return draws near.
I see this campaign as a great opportunity for Christ-followers to consider why we believe and how we can give an intelligent defense of our faith. Of course, when you try to do this you soon discover that many atheists are not really all that rational or logical in their arguments. Still, it is a good thing for us to be able to give reasons for the hope that we have.
What arguments would you use if you were trying to get atheists to re-think their position – keeping in mind that our goal is not simply to win a debate, but to speak the truth in love so that some may have their eyes opened and come to know the God who loves them?
If I were having a conversation with an individual atheist who was open to a dialogue, my response would depend on where they were coming from, and what stumbling blocks they were dealing with. In my comments on the atheist web site, I pointed to the incredible complexity of the creation, which is totally contrary to the entropy principle (the Second Law of Thermodynamics). Basically this law says that left to itself, everything in the natural world always tends towards more randomness. We see this in the inevitable process of decay that affects all living things. But the question for atheists to consider is how the complexity of life could have arisen in the first place. The idea that life arose spontaneously, by evolutionary processes, is not supported at all by the most elementary logic or probability theory. By the way, contrary to popular belief, the idea that life arose spontaneously has never been proven by science because it is unprovable – it is simply a faith position.
So what would you say to someone who holds an atheist position, but was open to talking about it? Don’t be afraid of the dialogue. Remember, you don’t have to defend God – His existence and His sovereignty aren’t affected one bit by the delusions of those who do not believe. But for the sake of those who are open and searching, we need to be able to articulate a response.
There are many good resources for those who want to grow in their ability to give reasons to believe. Personally I have found the web site of Creation Ministries International to be an excellent source of help over the years. Feel free to post your own favourites in a comment.