WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER AN ATHEIST FOR THE FIRST TIME Part 2
Written By Victor Uyanwanne
Welcome to the second post in this special series of my encounter with an atheist.
In When You Encounter An Atheist For the First Time Part 1, I began sharing my experience on an online encounter with an atheist who responded to my previous post, To Those Who Say There Is No God.
In this continuation post, we will see what the said atheist categorically thinks of God, amongst other things. As with the first post, both his comment and my response thereto are presented here unabridged.
The Atheist, TAB
“I guess I should elaborate a while. I was a devoted Christian for about 15 years before I converted [to] Judaism. I no longer believe in God and have not only rejected Jesus, but [I have] also blasphemed the Holy Spirit.
The god of the three monotheistic faiths is a sado-masichistic (sic) tyrant who creates us sick and demands us to be well, at the threat of eternal hellfire. What a spoiled twat. Who needs that?”
TAB, thank you for throwing more light into your position. Now I know where you stand on the belief in the existence of God.
When you said you were once “a devoted Christian…” I would really like to know exactly what you meant by that. [I am asking because] I am familiar with a few people who call themselves “devoted Christians” simply because they go to church regularly, help the needy, gave money in church, fast[ed] two times a week, ate holy communion, par[took] in Christian events and all that. But they have not come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ as their individual Lord and Saviour.
The next questions I would ask would be these: Did you ever come to the point of having a personal relationship with God, by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Personal Saviour and living by His grace? How did you arrive at the point of not believing in God anymore as you indicated?
I am not to speak for the other so-called monotheistic faiths you referred to. But for the avoidance of doubt, the God that I believe in is the One who “… so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This God is calling us (all mankind) into a personal relationship with Him through His Son Jesus Christ who died and resurrected for our sake.
This God is a God of love and He could never be a tyrant as you called Him. Only someone who hadn’t known God would describe Him as such; those who truly know Him know better than that.
At creation God created man in perfect state of health. It was the corruption of sin that gave birth to the issue of sickness (and other evils), which you wrongly attributed to God. If for anything, God wants us well – in spirit, soul and body.
Hell is not a threat from God as you put it. It is a real place prepared for satan and his angels who rebelled against God.
[Please allow me to add that] it is not the will of God that anyone should perish and go to hell, but rather it is the will of God for all to come to repentance and be saved through faith in His Son Jesus Christ. Unfortunately rather than accepting the Lordship of Christ, many people have sided [or are siding] with satan [till date]. For such ones, hell is a beckoning reality.
But to anyone who is still alive, hell is absolutely avoidable if they accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. [To answer your ending question directly, I would say] we definitely need that God who has made a way of escaping hell through faith in Christ.
Please share your thoughts – whether as a believe in God or as an atheist.
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