Atheists can give us some valuable lessons. Take the case of Richard Dawkins. He equates the Bible with the works of Shakespeare or Milton. He also claims that God is a myth like Jupiter or Zeus.
# The difference is history.
- Strangely enough he never mentions the differences between the Bible, Shakespeare and Milton’s works, or Jesus, Jupiter and Zeus. The difference is history. God called Abraham, and promised his descendants the land Canaan (Israel). If God is real, then we should find a country like Israel with Abraham’s descendants living there. It is there for all people to see and experience.
- That is why Dawkins is silent about the extraordinary historical character of the Bible. If he mentions it, people will understand that his comparison between God and Zeus or Milton is ridiculous. Everybody knows Zeus left no books behind, no country and no historical facts. What historical truths did Shakespeare try to convey, and in which country did he let the historical events take place? Only a very deluded person can claim that God is a myth like Zeus.
# People might claim that it is easy to write a book like the Bible.
Sweet, but where are the books? Why is there no other book like the Bible? Some claim the Koran is in the same category. Where did its original history take place and where did Allah reveal himself? The Koran has some historical references, but the majority come from the Bible. Then again, why is Jupiter or other mythical figures (that are supposed to be equal to God), impotent to give us a historical revelation in a book that is thousands of years old?
# Dawkins is on a mission.
Dawkins doesn’t mention Israel and its Biblical history, because he is on a mission. That mission is to lead people away from God’s Kingdom, straight into hell. Can we claim that Dawkins is deluded?The Word of God tells us, ‘They perish [unbelievers] because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.’ 1 Dawkins, who wrote the book, The God Delusion, is severely deluded himself. Unless he changes his life course and repents, he is in for some serious trouble.
What do we learn from Dawkins’ silence on the Bible and Israel? Followers of Jesus will do well to read their Bibles with the help of a Biblical atlas. When you see where King David ran away from Saul, where the apostle Paul travelled, how Jesus walked between Galilee and Jerusalem, it just brings the reality and truth of the Bible home.
1. 2 Thessalonians 3:10b-11