What About Other Gods?

“We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.”  ~ Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

This statement misses the point. The point is that we know that God exists because we know Him. We know that Jesus Christ is God because we know Him. We know that the Bible is true because God reveals this fact to us.

Atheists have sometimes said that Christian faith is belief without evidence. Some Christians have said that faith is simply making ourselves believe—which would be make-believe. Others have said that faith is believing because of evidence. That is, we observe some things in the physical world, and then we interpret those things in a way that proves that God exists.

None of these are the faith as God defines it in the Bible and as Christ-followers experience it moment by moment.

Faith doesn’t come by observation of the physical realm. Faith doesn’t come by making ourselves believe.

“There were those who taught that you work your faith up within yourself by doing certain things and saying certain things—certain phraseologies like, ‘Lord, I believe, I believe, I believe.’ You don’t’ work it up that way because you don’t have it within yourself to begin with. It is something that is an impartation by God Almighty into the heart of man.” ~ Dr. Charles S. Price

How does faith come?

“Consequently, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (rhema, which means utterance) of Christ.” ~ Romans 10:17

God speaks through Scripture and every means of speaking that He mentions in Scripture.

What is faith?

“Faith is the substance (reality as opposed to concept) of things hoped (what God has said will be) for and the evidence (absolutely certain proof) of things not seen.” ~ Hebrews 11:1

Faith isn’t based on evidence. Faith is the evidence. Jesus Christ is the Author and Finisher of this faith. This is the faith that is of God. It’s not human make-believe faith. It’s solid and real.

Therefore, Richard Dawkins is wrong. He’s wrong because he’s basing His reason on made-up stuff. Atheists must always base all reasoning on made-up stuff.

So, once again, it comes down to divine revelation versus made-up stuff.

 

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