I recently published an article highlighting some short Bible verses that hold tremendous meaning. For a couple of weeks, I promoted that post on Facebook. The article was well received, generating over 1.3k likes. But of course, as Facebook goes there are always dissenters. I had some fairly interesting comments posted on my page from people asserting that there is no God.
I don’t mind. I’m used to that kind of stuff.
I’ve always been fascinated by people who claim there is no God. Questioning whether there is a God is one thing. At least that person is thinking it through. But to deny the possibility altogether seems unimaginative.
I had a professor in grad school who fit this description. He thought we Christians in the class were shallow and narrow-minded. He scoffed at our belief that there is one God who oversees the entire universe. To him, we needed to open our minds and embrace other philosophical and scientific realities.
I always found that ironic. He chastised our singular vision and wanted us to be more open. Yet he himself was never open to the possibility that we might be right.
Which brings me to ask this question to anyone reading this right now:
Can you truly say there is no God who oversees the world and has an interest in all our lives?
What if – shocking as it may sound – it’s all true?
I’m sure your initial reaction will be to rattle off some explanations as to why there is no God. But can you really afford not to at least think about it? It seems shortsighted to not at least do some reading and give it some consideration.
Are you really going to take the risk of not investigating it at all?
You might want to think twice about ignoring the possibility because there are some serious ramifications for your life if God really does exist.
What Changes If There is a God?
I believe there is one God and that his past and future legacies are revealed to us in the Bible. As I see it, there are multiple things that change for you personally if there is one, all-powerful God in this world:
1. There is the possibility to know Him
A God who created the world would leave markers for us to know Him. These signs would appear and be seen through the things he created (i.e. nature, mankind, the spoken and written word, etc.). We may not understand him fully. However, we could learn enough to understand bits and pieces of his nature and character and what he desires for us.
I could get on on board with a God I could know. And even more so with one who cared enough to want to have a relationship with me. If that God exists, then sign me up.
2. There are standards of right and wrong
If there is no God, then there are no moral absolutes. We could pretty much do anything that feels right and walk away with a clean conscience. What’s right or wrong for you may not be right or wrong for me. And that’s OK. We will all just do what is right in our own eyes.
Bring God into the mix and it alters the equation. One would assume that God would have a moral code to govern his own actions. This code would be passed down to his creation who in turn would govern themselves by it. In essence, standards of right and wrong would be created that all would follow.
And those standards would not shift or change based on people’s opinions or societal evolution. Murder, for example, would be as wrong today as it was in the first 100 years of human history. The standards wouldn’t change because the God from which they originated does not change.
3. There is accountability
If there are standards of right and wrong and specific moral absolutes, then there is accountability for our actions. We have to answer to someone for what we do.
We have institutions in this world to keep us accountable for our actions. For example, the parent-child relationship, local law enforcement and the courts are all established to guide behavior and render judgment when necessary.
But accountability wouldn’t stop in the here and now. If God exists, then we’d ultimately be accountable to him. When might that happen? Most likely in the afterlife.
4. There is an afterlife
Those who say there is no God reject the idea of an afterlife. To them this life is all there is. So eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die, or so goes the mantra.
But if God exists, then the possibility that there is an afterlife increases exponentially. God has to exist in a reality somewhere. An afterlife would undoubtedly take us to the place where God dwells. And one would assume this dwelling would be nothing short of spectacular. God would have undoubtedly created a magnificent place to house his existence for all eternity.
In this reality, we would begin to know God more fully (which would seem to have been his intention all the long). And we would be there with others who accepted the truth of God’s existence and believed on him before they died.
The question then becomes, what happens to those who don’t believe? Will they forfeit their eternal existence with God? Why would he accept people into an afterlife with him who didn’t accept him when they had the chance?
And if they don’t get into God’s abode to enjoy the pleasures found therein, where do they go? And is that place less desirable – maybe even physically and emotionally painful for all eternity?
5. There is purpose
If you say there is no God, then what becomes the purpose of this life? Why are we even here? To live “X” number of years and then pass into nothingness?
With a God working in this world, perhaps I could align my passions and desires to work in conjunction with his plan for how things will unfold. There could be some synergies there where I could maximize my effectiveness. Perhaps I could do more than I could have ever imagined, all because I was cooperating with a master plan.
Couple this potential productivity with an eternity dwelling with God and you would really have something to motivate you in the here and now. Your career serves a higher purpose. So does family and relationships and volunteer time. You don’t engage in these activities out of obligation, guilt or for personal gain. Everything you do is seen through the lens of purpose and what results your endeavors may bring for eternity.
Are You Sure There Is No God?
My only goal here is to get you to think. I’m weary of people who shout at the top of their lungs “There is no God” yet have done nothing to really consider it. How they can claim a truth without reading to develop logical conclusions to support their assertion is beyond me.
I have chosen to believe that there is a God. But more than that, I’ve given my life to and in service for him. I’ve studied what God has revealed in the Bible about himself and feel it has value for life now and in a life to come when I’m gone.
Granted, it is by faith I believe these things. But the consequences of dismissing God were too large for me to ignore. It was a risk I wasn’t willing to take. They way I see it, if I’m wrong, I have nothing to lose. I’ll drift into oblivion after death just like everyone else and remember nothing of my life.
But if I’m right, then a future awaits after I die that will be far greater than anything I’m experiencing now. Think of it…the chance to personally know an infinite, perfect and all-powerful God who loves me. That’s not something I’m willing to pass up.
Where are you today? Are you content to remain firm in your stance that there is no God, even though you can’t explain why you hold that belief? Or will you accept the challenge to give it a second look?
I dare you to read the Bible if you never have. Then make your decision. You can’t push a belief on others if you haven’t investigated it yourself.
Questions for Discussion: Do you think there is no God? What brings you to that conclusion? Are you open to the possibility you may be wrong? With all the literature out there about religions, why do you think most people never read the Bible?