Atheism and 2 Peter 3:7

The world’s judgement is the flipside of the world’s creation. If God created the world, God will also destroy/judge the world. You can’t have the latter without the former.

I think that, to some extent, this connection lies at the heart of modern anti-theistic polemics. It’s not so much that people don’t believe that God exists. That may be so, but it’s hardly an emotional igniter. One can also argue that modern atheists are railing against the perceived “evils” of religion. But, in of itself, that’s neither an argument against the existence of God nor is it consistent with the atheistic worldview.

It’s that the existence of God is generally linked to moral absolutes and moral absolutes imply accountability. I think that accounts more for the onslaught of modern-day atheism rather than any watertight piece of logic or scientific evidence. We scream when we’re scared.

Jesus made that point in John 3:19: “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.”

3 thoughts on “Atheism and 2 Peter 3:7

  1. I was just browsing your blog and saw this jewel.

    You do realize that modern atheism is nothing more than the rejection of the claims made by any one religion, usually for lack of proof, right?

    Your insistence that atheism is anything else is generally a terrible straw man argument. It is *exactly* so much that people do not believe there are gods – nothing more or less. I don’t believe in Thor, Zeus or Allah, and your god is also on that list, whatever it may be. Atheists are not running from something in fear, they’ve just stopped running in circles.

    “It’s that the existence of God is generally linked to moral absolutes and moral absolutes imply accountability. I think that accounts more for the onslaught of modern-day atheism rather than any watertight piece of logic or scientific evidence”

    The problem is that you are making a positive claim (or rather a series of them): “there is a god”, “there are moral absolutes” and “there is an afterlife in which people will be held accountable.” Unfortunately, you have no evidence for any of these points, and simply asserting them does not make them true. Naturally, there is no scientific proof “against” them, because science doesn’t work by disproving everything else to find the truth. Science has never disproved unicorns, elves, genies, pixies, bigfoot or aliens on mars, but I certainly won’t believe in any of them until I see some proof that they DO exist. I would maintain that gods are on the same list.

    And before you go there, the bible isn’t the inerrant truth… I suggest you look into the history of the bible, if you intend to drag out that tired argument, but that’s another story for another day.

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  2. Thanks, Anthony.

    You’re right. Atheism is, essentially, rejection of religious/supernatural claims. Don’t worry, I get it and I appreciate it.

    This was a post reflecting a thought I had while reading that passage. I don’t feel that I have to write an entire philosophical proof whenever I presuppose that God exists, anymore than an atheist writing in their own blog. But thanks for taking the time to make your point and offer clarifications.

    Nor am I suggesting that all atheism is based on fear. But when the anti-religious polemic often decries morality issues, I have to try and see if we can say anything about that. Sorry if that offended you.

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  3. Not offended at all! I may have misunderstood what you were trying to communicate – but it sounded like a strawman/weak rejection of atheism, which just seemed unusual.

    I certainly didn’t expect a complete proof of your god in one pass – but if the burden of proof was being shifted to atheists, I thought that was worth commenting on.

    Cheers!

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