Online forums and blog discussion boards can be a nasty place. Comments are sometimes mean-spirited and usually don’t obey the rules of grammar. Insults are spewed forth like machine gun fire, and logic is regarded a strange, untamed beast. This heated textual warfare seems to bring out the most ludicrous and profoundly ignorant statements as commenters make their opinions known.
The atheist websites and discussion forums I frequent aren’t any different. Illogical statements about God and believers are commonly revered as unassailable dogma. No argument will persuade, or even soften, the stance of the most vocal, hard-hearted atheists. Nearly any logical fallacy or blatant untruth is embraced as long as it meshes with the materialistic worldview.
In short, Biblical truth of any kind will not be tolerated. They simply refuse to hear. Most of those who spend time in these type of environments are in no way interested in learning the truth at all. Any question posed comes not from a soft heart honestly seeking answers, but from a hardened one resisting the answers it already has. They wish to tear down the God of the Bible and erect in His place a god of their own making. One reader on the Suddenly Atheist blog commented:
Yehweh (sic) is one of the most blatantly viscious (sic) gods in all of religious history. The scripture waxes eloquent in this regard. Read Numbers 23. He is petty, evil, and angry. Pure and simple. He commands over and over for people to be killed. Epic Bible FAIL.
Why the hostility towards something that, to the atheist, doesn’t even exist?
The answer to this question can be summed up in one verse from the Book of John: “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.” (John 3:20, ESV). These rather harsh words were spoken by Jesus Himself and testified as to why people would reject and hate Him. Like all sinners (I’m not just picking on the atheists, by the way), the atheist nurses hidden sins that God hates. This could mean anything from pride to pornagraphy – maybe something even worse. And what’s more, according to Romans 1:18-22, they know it. The light of Jesus Christ and the Gospel exposes their sins to the light of conscience, forcing them to either repent or bury the truth even further.
In hand with this is the innate knowledge of God’s righteous judgement. Again, Romans 1 indicates that each person, including the atheist, knows that they will be judged and held accountable for their works on this earth. On that day, the person’s own conscience will take the witness stand and testify against them. This witness will tell the court of every lie, every adulterous or hateful though, every theft, every blasphemy. Paul writes of this in Romans 2:15, “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them” (ESV). The verdict given by the Judge will be swift and without clemency: guilty. The punishment will be no less than an eternity in Hell – a fitting penalty for the violation of an infinite God’s holy laws.
While most atheists will vehemently deny these are the reasons why they despise Jesus Christ, nonetheless the their hatred springs forth from an unabashed love for sin. And like any other lover of sin, only Jesus’ work on the Cross can save them.