Thoughts about Atheists.

I’m following the blog of an atheist and he was curious as to why I would follow him because I’m a Christian. He has been on my heart for the last week.
His curiosity got me thinking. Why am I following the blog of an atheist? Well first of all I’m curious too. I want to know what atheists think about Christians. When I first read his blog I was quite impressed with the fact that he doesn’t seem like a hater. His blog was not full of curses towards Christians and it was just comfortable to read.

As a Christ follower, I would like to know what it is about our God that Atheist have a hard time with and what is it about Christians that turn people off? I don’t want to be one of those Christians that they talk about that are hypocritical and is double minded, judgmental and haters of people who don’t believe what I believe. I don’t have all the answers but I do want to be like Jesus as much as possible. It’s really hard to live in this flesh sometimes though.

Honestly, its not that I don’t like people who are not like minded with me, it’s that I fear what I don’t understand. I’m afraid to be challenged and for people to know that I don’t have all the answers. I don’t want to get it wrong. So, I’m learning that it’s ok for me to be human as long as I am willing to say, “Hey, I don’t know.”

I don’t always act the way I should or think the way I should but I do want to work on being better. So, I’m following an atheist so I can become a better person by learning from him. I know I will be a better person for it. I hope he doesn’t mind that I will ask questions. I am grateful that his blog was so…honest and easy for me, as a Christian to read.

24 thoughts on “Thoughts about Atheists.

  1. terry1954 says:

    good idea and good posting

  2. I follow several atheists for the same reasons. I’m curious about them and thankfully they are super nice people and very intelligent. I’ve met some that weren’t nice at all, however, so I’m learning a lot from these particular atheists.

  3. artbook1611 says:

    So, I’m following an atheist so I can become a better person by learning from him. I know I will be a better person for it. End qoute

    Actually, there is far more he can learn from you. The christian has the scriptures, they have the Lord as their saviour and they have a hope, all of which the athiest has no part of. I would re think your position.
    kindly ,
    Art

    • Art, appreciate your comment and I’m sure he can learn a lot from me. However, my motivation is for me to become more informed about Atheists. If he learns from me in return then that’s an extra blessing. Thanks for the challenge.

      Blessings. 🙂

      • artbook1611 says:

        One thing to keep in mind is that athiests deny Gods existance willingly. In the OT, it says the fool hath said in his heart”there is no God”. So befriending an athiest, sometimes has negative effects. He may be cunning enough to make you doubt your faith. You are better off just presenting Christ to him and showing compassion.
        There is a fine line. Be wise.

        art

  4. Thanks again Art for your concern. I will be wise as a serpant and gentle as a dove. I know that I know not a soul could shake my faith.

    Blessings once again. 🙂

  5. Bird says:

    I’m following about 5 of them. How are you going to be able to answer their questions if you don’t know what they are? Good for you!

  6. ytauma says:

    Usually they reject God’s existence so they aren’t accountable to their actions. They whether remain wicked and worldly. Paul speaks of this in Romans for every sinner as he list the issues within the first 3 chapters.
    Debating any objective unbeliever is going to apologetics. Defending your faith & live by it to combat them. We have many “christian lawyers” but you must be firm. Seek God before you jump into debates for their knowledge is from fallen angels while yours is from heavenly God.
    Look around you to capture their worldview. Naturalism & science are one. Then believes of all religions are the same. Question their theories to understand their point of view. Read psalm, proverbs, & Ecclesiasticies.
    Just be careful and Yahweh guide you, my breathen!

  7. wordart2012 says:

    I have some of the most meaningful and adult conversations with an atheist acquaintance of mine. It goes to show how we can become trained to view others in an inaccurate light. I’m glad there are people like you who give Christians a good name.

  8. halewhole says:

    There are two kinds of people The Lost and The Found, The Great Commission tells the Found to Seek the Lost. I believe that is exactly what you are doing, it is so Jesus like. “Jesus came to Seek and Save The Lost” He wasn’t afraid He would be led astray by them. Only 2 kinds of people Lost or Found. Not atheist or
    agnostic or non believer or Jew or druggie or lawyer etc. People are either Born again or they are seeking to be Born again. there is hope for anyone and everyone Jesus LOVE can change anyone thinking,God is LOVE, LOVE never fails.You go girl with Jesus and My Blessing. Elah.

  9. I n I says:

    Hey there,
    Well I think that the blessing is in the journey, and so following this guy and interacting is just what are called to do. Some may look at it as an unnecessary risk, others may think, “get that guy into the Kingdom now and move on.” both valid, conscientious, left brained choices, but whenThe Spirit is dictating your steps, have no fear. Jesus is our Judge and since he hung out with the unclean, and “recklessly” laid down His life for us, He won’t abandon us when we are taking a walk on the wildside too!
    You are a wonderful sister. Your testimony has filled my Spirit to overflowing. Please accept the prayers I have set over you, and your family. Peace I N I

  10. I love your honesty!

  11. Atheist here. 🙂

    I’m a former lifelong Christian, but now I’m highly skeptical of Christianity, which is something I never thought I’d say.

    Believe it or not, I was once extremely put off by the idea of reading anything written by an atheist, but I wanted to understand both sides of the argument. I believed God was real, the Bible was inerrant, I had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and there was nothing that could shake my faith. But I also didn’t want to be unreasonable; I was willing to accept an opposing position if I felt it was ultimately more reasonable than my own. I didn’t want to be an atheist (or naturalist, if you will,) but here I am.

    If there’s one thing I’d like Christians to understand, it’s that many atheists were once former Christians. The majority of us don’t leave the church because we desire to do evil, or to escape accountability, or because we’re deceived, hurt, lost, blind, lustful, drug addicts, and/or arrogant. I think it’s just easier for the church to believe this and project these ideas than to admit the truth, that most people leave because they no longer find Christianity to be the most sound and reasonable explanation of our reality. But most atheists I know are open to changing their mind if better evidence presents itself.

    The name calling does sting a bit, because we’re still the same good people we always were, we’ve just come to a different conclusion about what the truth actually is. And if God wants to damn us simply because we’ve determined Christianity is likely unreasonable, well then, He’s damning a lot of really great people. 😦

    Sorry to ramble on, but thanks for reading! 😉

    • Thanks Tim for reading mine as well. I’m not here to judge you. I do hope that somewhere along the line something I write will inspire you. I wish I had the right answers to give you that would help you decide. What I can say is I’m at place in my walk where, I don’t think anything could shake my faith. I certainly don’t want to put that to the test though. I appreciate your honesty and will continue to read your blog. I pray you find the answers you are looking for. Please don’t be offended if I pray for you because I don’t know what else to do. 🙂

      Hope you stop by again.

  12. skpreo says:

    Thanks for following me. I just tried to reply from another post, but couldn’t. Just trying again.

  13. churchmouse says:

    Hello!

    A helpful resource for Christians, agnostics and atheists is Dr William Lane Craig’s Reasonable Faith site:

    http://www.reasonablefaith.org/

  14. kenstewart says:

    Great analysis of your thinking on why we should listen to those not like us (whether Christian or not). C.S. Lewis was great at that–and I think the people of his day and culture were far more open to dialogue.

    You might enjoy Brene Brown’s books, THE GIFTS OF IMPERFECTIONS and I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME (BUT IT WASN’T). She has a video on TED.com which is a very powerful statement of how vulnerability is the key to connecting and real communication. http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html.

    Thanks for being so open and honest–and vulnerable! Blessings.

  15. paranoid4life says:

    I’m an atheist after having been a Christian (and a Buddhist, Krishna devotee, Neo-Pagan, etc…). I read this post and was very impressed by you. Especially with…”he doesn’t seem like a hater.” I do realize that some people (I hope not me, but maybe a little if I’m honest) are pretty hateful towards Christians and can express that in a vulgar manner. I’m sure that ‘s hurtful and upsetting to Christians. Even though I get upset with political republican Christians, I should still be respectful in my writings. You seem to be a very open minded person. And for me, that very appealing. I hope I’m not a hater. Thank you liking my post.

    Gary

  16. Ron Kline says:

    Hi Saved, thanks for beginning to follow my blog. I hope that I don’t disappoint, though most of my writings lately have been in the realm of politics — with some occasional gloating over my dog.

    Even though I went to religious school as a child (raised as an Orthodox Jew) I can’t really remember a time that I was a true believer. I certainly learned to show respect and just be silent. After college, when I moved away from my home, I met a wonderful person (who would have called herself a “Christian”). We have been married for 43 years. No regrets. My family accepts her and me and we are usually invited back home for the religious holidays — such as Passover.

    It is easy to be respectful when people do not try to push their religious beliefs on me. I don’t care who or what they believe in — as long as I am left alone. However, I have been seeing a very frightening trend in this country for many years — a religion taking over a political party. Things came to a head when George W Bush was president. I, as well as lots of other Skeptics, Atheists, Humanists, etc., realized that if the country is to survive we need to step forward. I hope it is not too late.

    If you so desire, religion belongs at home and in your church. It does not belong in the public square or in the halls of congress. The first amendment calling for a separation of church and state is still relevant. Sorry if I offended.

    Ron

  17. Cris says:

    This is, of course, a generalization, and as such is only meant to get one thinking.

    I think one of the reasons many atheists are atheists is because they don’t like to answer to a higher power than themselves.

    Another reason many atheists are atheists is because they don’t want their behavior checked or questioned by someone else, let alone someone they can’t see or hear.

    Still another reason many atheists are atheists is because they don’t see anything of value in the lives of those who claim allegiance to a God.

    Many other atheists are just bitter over past experiences with those, often parents, who claim allegiance to a God but whose lives were/are far from their stated allegiance.

    I think pretty much all atheists make atheism their religion, although they may not see it as such. Many are fanatical in their adherence to atheism, but many are not.

    Atheists are as widely diversified as are adherents to religion. But they all have one major fault. They can’t see the forest for the trees.

    By this, I mean, they can see the universe, but they can’t make the connection between the order of the universe and the fact that to have order, there must be one/something who orders.

    They can look at the complexity of, say, an atom, and see the complexity of all the zillions of atoms working together to form, say, a circulatory system and not acknowledge an organizing factor.

    Sorry, I’ve rambled on too much. God bless you for your honesty.

    • Howdy Cris,

      Why do you assume we atheists are unwilling to answer to a higher power, unwilling to check their behavior, bitter and fanatical?

      Personally, I would MUCH rather answer to a higher power. It would give me great pleasure to believe I had eternal life and a loving God looking out for me. But just because I can’t reason such a God to exist doesn’t mean I abandon all morality and become bitter. I just use common sense and reason and find joy in other things. 🙂

      “By this, I mean, they can see the universe, but they can’t make the connection between the order of the universe and the fact that to have order, there must be one/something who orders.”

      You do not say who you think gave order to God. You can’t establish a rule that says “complexity MUST have a creator,” and then turn around and say “God’s complexity does NOT require a creator!”

      We could try to reason that somehow God’s massive amounts of complexity and knowledge “just existed” without cause, but this too is unreasonable. If you can claim that it is reasonable for God’s complexity to exist without cause, then certainly you can also reason that a less-complex universe can exist without cause. 🙂

      Personally, I believe it’s MORE reasonable to believe that matter and energy always existed (in one form or another). Not only are they less complicated than a God, but there is abundant proof that they exist, and that they cannot be created or destroyed.

      We can now observe atoms and molecules combining in many different ways, and the vast majority of these combinations are absolutely useless and pointless. However, in a potentially infinite universe with an insane amount of raw material, perhaps a small few end up in combinations that self-replicate, giving rise to evolution.

      Is it improbable? Yes, but no less probable than then an intelligent, invisible, complex person “just existing,” who then gives rise to everything else… and hides from it. 🙂

      Peace!

      • Cris says:

        I also “believe that matter and energy always existed.” But I also believe that “Godhood” always existed and will always exist. My view of God and Godhood is a bit different than the majority of Christianity. I will say that.

        I believe that there is order in the universe—from the groups of galaxies that group together and seem to be fraternizing down to the atom and even smaller.

        I believe that matter and energy is organized into what we see all around us and what we do not see ordinarily. As such, I believe in an organizer.

        I certainly do not believe in “an intelligent, invisible, complex person “just existing,” who then gives rise to everything else… and hides from it.”

        “Hides” is a subjective qualifier and not a self-existing fact, by the way.

        That said, I’m not going to engage in endless debate. My views have been posted, however imperfectly. And your views are also posted.

        You’re welcome to comment any time. And thank you for so doing.

      • Cris says:

        LOL
        My head was definitely in a cloud when I responded to your comment, 500! As I was in the midst of blogging on the same subject, I was thinking you were commenting on my blog. And I hadn’t even posted it yet. Hence, my last two paragraphs of my response. I can only shake my head and smile.

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