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An Atheist’s Dilemma

by Ron Bartanen

bartenen3 The atheist, whose faith declares “There is no God” is faced with a dilemma.  The creation-denier must somehow explain the existence of everything in creation as without a designer and creator.  It is universally undeniable that our senses affirm the reality of ourselves, our world and the universe.  The Christian faith embraces the concept that God is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, while the unbeliever must seek out another explanation for our very existence.  While the Christian accepts and affirms the concept given in the first verse of the Bible that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 ), the atheist must accept the concept either that “In the beginning there was nothing,” or “In the beginning there was something.” If there was nothing, what is the process by which something can come from nothing, other than by the power of a divine Creator? Left only with the eternal existence of  a chaotic something from which all things came to be, the atheist is driven to the conclusion that through uncreated laws of nature the uncreated earth and universe evolved through millions and millions of years, until it became no longer chaotic, but in a condition of harmony.  All the earth and all of creation, from the atom to the vast universe, are evidently as admitted by Dr. Freeman Dawson of The Institute  for Advanced Study at Princeton University: “It almost seems as if the Universe must in some sense have known we were coming.”   We have news for Dr. Dawson: It was the divine Creator, not the Universe, that anticipated man’s coming.  In fact, It was He that designed His creation for that very purpose.

Rejecting the Bible, the atheist is left with only one alternative to creation—evolution.  Try as they do to try to conclude otherwise, true science fails to prove a theory supporting life from non-life, warm-blooded animals evolving from cold-blooded animals, reptiles from fish, birds from reptiles, and mammals from reptiles. Atheism provides no rational explanation for laws of nature apart from the Law-Giver—God. “Mother Nature” is their god, and Evolution is their creed.  It is as the apostle Paul described it in Romans 1:22-23 : “Professing themselves to be wise,  they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.”


                             Ron Bartanen is minister of the Arthur Church of Christ, Arthur, IL


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