Atheism: That New Old Time Religion

The oldest book in the Bible, Job, exposes the mindset of those who reject the knowledge of God.

There are those who rebel against the light; They do not know its ways Nor abide in its paths.  Job 24:13

Unbelief has been around as long as man has been on this planet.  It is actually the default position of mankind whether it is expressed through atheism, agnosticism, or idolatry; unbelief is the mantel that man proudly wears.  Today’s atheists act as if unbelief is something new and just recently discovered, but mankind has thrown off the knowledge of God since the fall in the Garden.  Unbelief is at the heart of sin and rebellion.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Romans 1:18-23

These verses clearly depict the natural state of mankind.  Notice, however, that unbelief is replaced with a phony belief system based upon fallen man’s corrupt imagination.  Atheism is just another religious system that seeks to replace the genuine faith in God, with fallen man’s explanation for what they see around them.

That atheism is a religion is proven by the fact that atheists have basic non-negotiable tenets, a world view that explains reality, adherents congregating together around these tenets and worldview, and proselytizing of others with their belief system.  We can see that this is so by recognizing that there are written works that expound atheism, atheistic groups, and atheistic advertising promoting their belief system.  Atheists even go so far as to say that they are moral, decent, virtuous people.  However, there are flies in the ointment with give off the stench of a decaying body.  We need to examine if they have anything that will back up their dogmatic contention that there is no God.

First let us look at their assertion that they are moral, decent, virtuous people.  Obviously they use a different standard than the standard which is found in the Bible.  What they believe to be morality is actually called sin and evil by the Bible.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever, Amen.  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions.  For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.  Romans 1:24-32

If we consider what communism, the largest purveyor of atheism, did to its citizens we discover that it murdered almost 100 million people.  Those who throw off the knowledge of God cannot help but descend into vile, cruel evil, because they are given over by God to vile wicked desires and passions.  This is also the logical behavior of those who believe that human kind is the result of impersonal, non-directed, random forces; so of course, whatever furthers the interests of the state is good and right.  The communists were more honest in their appraisal of morality than today’s atheist; products of random, impersonal forces only need that morality that furthers their agenda, for there is no morality apart from what is right by might (this is an explanation for the promotion and proliferation of abortion).  For atheists, not having an outside standard of morality, immorality is the only option. God’s standard of morality is love, which behavior is expounded in the book of Romans.

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  Romans 13:8-10

Devoid of the knowledge of God and His love atheists cannot meet this high standard of love although they will assert otherwise.

Two places in Psalms God describes the character of the atheist.

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.  The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God.  They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is one who does good, No, not one.  Psalm 14:1-3

The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity; There is none who does good.  God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.  Every one of them has turned aside; They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.  Psalm 53:1-3

Stated twice for emphasis, those who reject belief in God are fools and can only do evil.  However, all of mankind is in the identical predicament, whether idolater, atheist, or agnostic, all are fools and commit abominable iniquity.  All are under God’s judgment and wrath, and all need salvation.

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.  He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness, rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”  John 3:17-20,

“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.  The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.  He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”  John 3:34-36

 Although God’s Word condemns atheists as foolish unbelieving sinners, He still sent His Son into the world to save sinners, even atheists, who by God’s mercy and grace,  can also repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ.

The sine qua non of atheism is evolution.  God’s Word explains Creation in Genesis and describes the action of Creation in Hebrews chapter eleven and John chapter one.

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  Hebrews 11:3

Evolution in no way explains the order, purpose, symbiosis, and complexity of the world around us.  Only an all wise, all powerful, good, loving Creator could bring about the life that we see and experience here on this earth.  Explanations based upon evolution keep coming up short for adequately revealing the complexity of life around us.

One such instance is what geneticists expected to find regarding the human genome and what they actually found.  Proteins are the cell workhorses and perform many essential functions and form many crucial features.  Since there are so many different proteins involved in life processes, geneticists expected find about a 100,000 genes responsible for the coding and production of proteins.  They found far fewer genes, in the tens of thousands, and then realized that mRNA played an essential role in the coding and production of proteins.  In this instance, scientists came at the human genome with a simplistic understanding because evolution cannot be complex.  However, the Creator, infinitely wise and powerful could and did use many means for coding of life.  This example revealing the inadequacy of evolution and atheism in explaining life on this planet, is further enhanced by the revelation of our world that can be found in the Scriptures.  I want to share Scriptures that describe our earth, that have only recently been discovered by science.

He who builds His layers in the sky, and has founded His strata in the earth; Who calls for the waters of the sea, And pours them out on the face of the earth-The Lord is His name.  Amos 9: 6

“Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered.  For He draws up drops of water, Which the clouds drop down And pour abundantly on man.  Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds, The thunder from His canopy?  Job 36:26-29

“Have you entered the springs of the sea?  Or have you walked in search of the depths?  Job 38:16

The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas.  Psalm 8:8

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.  Isaiah 40:22

Its rising (the sun) is from one end of heaven and its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.  Psalm 19:6

 For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited:  “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”  Isaiah 45:18

Here described in the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God, the Bible are the layers of the atmosphere, layers of the earth, the hydrologic cycle, springs and depths of the oceans, the ocean currents, the circular form of the earth, and the planetary habitability of the earth compared to other planets.  All of this was declared centuries before they were discovered by the research of man.  Our God is amazing and great, His ways are inscrutable, and truly the fool has said in his heart there is no God.  The sure defense against the onslaught of unbelief is the fortress of faith guarded by the edifice of Scripture.  The sure defense against the attack of unbelievers is the gospel of Jesus Christ shared in the power of the Holy Spirit from the inspired, infallible inerrant Word of God.  May we trust in our God and share the truth with the unbelievers we come in contact with whatever the mode of their unbelief in Jesus Christ.

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22 Responses to Atheism: That New Old Time Religion

  1. sybaritica says:

    Certainly there are some self-labeled ‘atheists’ who dogmatically insist that there are no gods. The majority do not… they simply take the positiion that they accept neither the existence of Odin, Allah, Brahmin (or any other deity you care to mention) in the absence of the same sort of evidence they require with respect to any claim. Atheists do *NOT* have a religion and as such there is no *atheism* (in so far as ‘ism’ denotes a shared set of beliefs).

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    • The “beliefs” of atheism;

      Presuppositions:
      There is no God or devil.
      Man is material and as well, the universe is materialistic and measurable
      There is positively no supernatural realm
      Ethics and morals are only relative
      Miracles cannot occur and never have
      Macro-evolution is considered a scientific fact

      The atheist must know all there is to know about the universe, basically “they” must know everything to come up with a statement or (belief) that says there is no God. The atheist claims there is not enough evidence for the existence of God, well how much would satisfy the atheist?

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  2. My firm belief is that the natural man cannot accept accountability, nor does scripture make sense to them. All you can do is pray for them and move along. Nice article!

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  3. Interesting. Unfortunately, atheism is no more a religion than alopecia areata is a hairstyle. It’s a lack of religion, no matter how hard you want to pretend that atheists are just like you to excuse your own silliness.

    An atheist does not have to “know” about the entire universe to disprove the very specific gods that religions claim to exist. that’s easy to do. No evidence of any of the essential events of the bible shows that there is no reason to believe in myths. If it were so that someone had to know everything to disbelieve in one thing, then Christians would have to know all about the universe to know that Allah doesn’t exist, Zeus doesn’t exist, Odin, Tezcatlipoca, etc. Are you willing to admit that there is as much chance of those gods existing as yours? Why or why not?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      -club-

      Did you read the entire post? And you say there is no ‘evidence?’ You may want to take the filter off your glasses and read it again. Just sayin.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.
      — Steven H. Roberts —

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      • ““I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.””
        — Steven H. Roberts –

        The Statement is False

        The idea that Christians are atheists to all other religions is simply false. As I’ve explained elsewhere, to other religions, I am not an atheist, I am a rival theist–an adherent of another religion. I’m not an atheist to a Hindu, I am a theist of a different tradition. To the Muslim, I’m not an atheist–I’m a rival theistic believer. So, simply put, the statement is false.

        Atheism, by definition, is the belief that there is no God. Therefore, because I believe in a God, I am not an atheist, by definition. William Lane Craig addresses this statement here. The person who brought up the question curiously counters Craig by saying “That’s semantics.” Funny, considering that’s what the atheists are doing: making up semantic word games. Redefine terms to win a debate: atheism at any cost.

        Excerpt from:
        http://jwwartick.com/2011/04/04/all-atheists/

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          The person who brought up the question curiously counters Craig by saying ‘That’s semantics.’
          Interestingly, that was my own response. Do you believe in Woden as a god? If not, you are an atheist, as regards Woden. I could go though the entire list of gods, but I believe I’ve made my point.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      @club

      Insanity is believing all things came to exist by chance and apart from Intelligence. Atheism is the religion and proof of that insanity. -cs

      (sorry Eliza- couldn’t resist posting this)

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Insanity is believing your hallucinations are real. Religion is believing that other peoples’ hallucinations are real.
        — Dan Barker —

        (sorry Eliza- couldn’t resist posting this)

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  4. Eliza says:

    Actually atheism is a belief system that adversely affects the individual who holds it since it cuts that person off from reality. They grasp at straws to justify their godlessness and believe a myth.

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    • tildeb says:

      This post is so stupid it hurts the thinking brain. The analogy to help you over the Himalayan hump that is your religious thinking is as follows:

      You say this non bicycle is just another kind of bicycle… like a fish… but an evil bicycle because it doesn’t act like a bicycle should.

      As I said, the stupidity you present here is profoundly disturbing because it leads you to assign by group identity individual immoral characteristics that you think supports totalitarianism… all from non belief in your religious beliefs. That line of reasoning you present as piety in action is indicative of a profound mental disorder you clothe in religious dogma. It’s a disorder of how your brain operates. Your willingness to act on your beliefs as if true makes you a danger to me because you actually believe you are morally superior to me and are willing to vilify many millions of people without knowing anything about each of us…. other than by association. That makes you a bigot, which in your mind is magically elevated to be of a higher moral character than those who are not. You see the problem? Of course not. The up-is-another-kind-of-down, white-another-kind-of-black, religious-bigotry-is-another-kind-of-morality hypocrisy you exercise reveals that the problem is how your mind operates. And you’re not going to change that no matter how many victims you try to make because your thinking is so broken that you have no touchstones here in the reality we share to keep your kind of toxic poison from spreading unchecked. You believe your belief describes reality and you have no means other than offer damnation to those who do not go along with your delusions. Of course, you probably think eternal torment for rejecting belief in the moral superiority of your incoherent mental illness is a reasonable sign of god’s love.

      You need help.

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      • Eliza says:

        Wow you are delusional. Well at least you got the numbers correct; millions. Yes, atheism has been that teeny tiny population who shake their fists at God Almighty and vociferously cry out, “I will not believe, will not believe.” So you won’t believe in the One who has given you life and breath and has created this planet to be inhabited? You choose instead to believe in some powerless, directionless, invisible, non-material genie called random chance that brought the cosmos into existence and populated this uniquely created planet with life? You think that information just magically arose from the slime and that information became more and more complex? You believe that one creature some how managed to become a completely different creature with new and unique information by random chance and environmental stresses?

        These tenets of atheism contradict the laws of science. The second law of thermodynamics states that disorder is increasing not decreasing. The axiom of biology states that like begets like. Louis Pasteur disproved spontaneous generation over 100 years ago, accepted by all.

        So you are stating categorically that nothing created something with order, increasing complexity, symbiosis, and purpose, and you say that those who believe in the divine Creator, the Lord God Almighty are stupid and insane? I am sure that you and your ilk are busy searching for the magical principal that will explain why the laws of science were overturned when everything came into existence. Keep looking. It will never come about. And according to the Scriptures your small number of adherents is going to decline greatly before Christ returns, as has been occurring. Then when He does reign upon this earth in glory and power, there will be no atheists then, just your average garden variety of sinner. You can, however, do what I did by God’s grace repent of your unbelief and put your faith in Jesus Christ before it is too late.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          So you are stating categorically that nothing created something with order, increasing complexity, symbiosis, and purpose.
          Eliza, would you agree that your god possesses “order, increasing complexity, symbiosis, and purpose”? If so, then who or what created him? “Special Pleading” can’t be applied to your god.

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  6. ColorStorm says:

    Eliza-

    I do agree that atheism is a ‘religion,.’ Not only do they deny a Creator and His creation, they have a mission of bringing others to their ‘nothingness,’ The evangelists of atheism are many on WP. and you paint a very good description here of what is undeniable regarding them and their belief.

    Truly so man things are connected, as in godlessness, corrupt imaginations that affect every single point of view; we see this daily.

    Great thoughts here and truth.

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  7. Yes Believing “there is no God” is just what it says! It is a belief! It is a world view. Actually club…whatever your name is, what evidence for God would be sufficient for you? By the way the “other gods” you mention were and are mythological. Even the ancients knew that.

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  8. Eliza says:

    Praise God He has opened our eyes and delivered us from the deceitfulness of sinful unbelief. He literally brought me from atheism to faith in Jesus Christ. It really is an amazing story of God’s sovereign grace. God bless you:)

    https://holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/dichotomies/

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  9. Eliza says:

    Atheism exactly reveals the hubris of fallen man. While being engulfed in the evidences for our Creator, the Lord God Almighty, they close their eyes, stop their ears, stamp their feet, and shout at the top of their voices, “Nanananananananan!” This is the plight of mankind in their arrogant unbelief. We see this arrogant unbelief in bold relief when the Jews rejected their Messiah.

    23 “He who hates Me hates My Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin, but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. 25 But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.'” John 15:23-25

    The Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul years ago revealed the driving motivations for the rejection of the perspicuous revelation of God and His Son Jesus Christ, and the awful futility of that rejection.

    18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not god made foolish the wisdom this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger then men. 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, the became fools…Romans 1:18-22

    The hateful unbelief of those who reject the revelation of God given to us in creation, through His glorious Son Jesus Christ and in the Bible is to be blamed on the sinner alone. They reject that graciously given revelation and instead embrace foolish, darkened wicked unbelief.

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  10. Eliza says:

    Evidence proves that my laptop was created by intelligent beings and did not come into existence through random blind chance. It is designed with a purpose and fulfills that purpose. It is complex with intricate interrelated working parts. Those parts make it function as a whole. Regular people came up with the design, the parts, the construction and the finished product. To look at the evidence and declare otherwise would be insanity.

    1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all he earth, and their words to the end of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

    Of course, God, Who is the Creator and rules and reigns over all, is transcendent. He created the universe and all that is in it by speaking it into existence. We have the evidence of purpose, complexity, order, symbiosis all around us and in us. That which is irreducibly complex can not come into existence through stages or steps. It cannot arise suddenly because the information isn’t there. What I believe, revealed in the pages of the Scriptures completely agrees with the scientific laws and axioms I stated earlier. What you believe negates them. Who is correct? You flash your ignorance and superstition and believe it is wisdom and erudition. You just end up making yourself look foolish and silly. You blaze some distracting argument because you cannot answer what I exposed. You resort to name calling because you have no strength of argument. You are to be pitied the most of men.

    We speak the truth so that some will get saved by the truth and be blessed with knowing our Great God and Savior Jesus Christ. We agree with God who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, even you. If you choose eternal damnation then that is sad, but unless God intervenes in your life, like He did in my life, and in the lives of countless millions who have come to know the One who is the truth, the end that you receive will be just.

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  11. Eliza says:

    The evidence for God abounds, one being that organisms are made up of organs and systems that are irreducibly complex so that the posited mechanisms of evolution are impossible. Since evolution is an absurd impossibility then how did everything come into existence? Here is my favorite quote from an atheist who at least had the integrity to state why he chose to believe in atheistic evolution.
    This is from George Wald, a 1967 Noble laureate.

    When it comes to the origin of life on this earth, there are only two possibilities: creation or spontaneous generation (evolution). There is no third way. Spontaneous generation was disproved 100 years ago, but that leads us only to one other conclusion: that of supernatural creation. We cannot accept that on philosophical grounds (personal reasons); therefore, we choose to believe the impossible: that life arose spontaneously by chance.

    The fool has said in his heart there is no God. I hope that clarifies it for you.

    If you want to find out about God, then pick up the Bible and read it. Pray and ask God to open your eyes to the truth and He will. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

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