An atheist wrote, ‘The religious are not renowned for their ability to think (otherwise they would not be religious).’ He then equates the God of the Bible with Apollo, Atlas, Dionysius, Odysseus, Baal, Brahma, Ganesha, Odin and others. Christians don’t believe in gods like Odysseus and the others because there is no reason to take note of them. Evidence that they were real is non-existent:
# 1. Where are their books? Surely if those gods are real like the God of the Bible, they should have left some kind of historical witness or written record. Their books, like the Bible, should give details of people, the country they lived in (like Israel), national events (like the exodus and exile of the Israelites), neighbours (like the Assyrians, Philistines, Romans), et cetera.
# 2. What was their central theme? The Bible’s central theme is that God plans an eternal Kingdom of peace on the renewed earth. The one person who opened the door to that Kingdom is Jesus, the Son of God. The history of Jesus is recorded in Scripture. The major events of His life, a logical part in God’s plan, was the crucifixion and resurrection. They were so significant that the message spread throughout the world. So there is a universal Church that adheres to the teaching of the risen Lord Jesus. Those other gods don’t have books with central themes.
# 3. What was their plan for man? If Odysseus, Brahma, Odin, Thor, and all the others are on the same level as the God of the Bible, what was their universal plan for man (like an eternal kingdom of peace)? How will they fulfil their purpose (like creating new heavens and a new earth)? Who is the saviour who opened the way for man to be part of the plan (like Jesus)?
# 4. Where is their big picture history? A book written by only one person in his life time, is not sufficient. The Bible was written by at least forty different writers over at least 1,500 years. The 66 books of the Bible are united by the theme of the Messiah, Jesus.
- He is coming (Old Testament).
- He came (New Testament).
- The Epistles (letters of Paul and the others) interpret why Jesus came to earth and what it has to do with God’s Kingdom.
- The last book, Revelation, ends with a prophetic view of how the Kingdom of God will become a reality.
We expect no less from Dionysius, Odysseus, and the many others if they are equal to the Trinity.
# 5. Where is the war against them? No person is unaware of the war against the Bible. Where is the war against Odysseus’ book, and those of Thor, Odin, et cetera? There is nothing.
Can atheists think logically? Maybe not. The Bible says, ‘The god of this age [the devil] has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.’ 1
They accuse us of being closed minded. Again the Bible explains it, ‘You, however, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.’ 2 We as Christians should remember it, and understand that they are blinded by the god of this age (the devil). So we shouldn’t get mad at them, but we should treat them with love and respect.
Read the Atheist Letter here.
- 2 Corinthians 4:4
- Romans 2:1