Many of the new atheists call themselves the intellectually enlightened group, the ‘brights.’ The message is that, ‘nobody with intelligence can believe the Bible.’ One of their ‘bright’ statements is that, ‘we believe in one less deity than you Christians.’ They mean that followers of Jesus don’t believe in Jupiter, Thor, Zeus, Moloch, Artemis, or any of the other thousands of gods. They don’t either, but they add that they also don’t believe in the God of the Bible. The implication is that we are ‘stupid’ to believe in the God of the Bible.
Logic tells us that there is a reason why we cannot compare the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to gods like Jupiter, Zeus, Thor, et cetera. One must compare apples with apples. So let’s consider:
# Where are their books?
The ‘brights’ never discuss the credible historical records of those other gods. There is a decided difference between the Bible, a historically based book, and no books at all. Why didn’t Zeus et el give us books comparable to the Bible? It is a library of 66 Holy Spirit inspired books written over a period of 1,400 years. If those gods do not have historically accurate records, it is just foolish talk to compare them to the God of the Bible, not mind blowing ‘brightness.’
# Their Prophecies
The God of the Bible promises an eternal new heaven and earth, the dwelling of righteousness, where the elect will live in the presence of the wonderful, mighty Trinity. So let us ask with Isaiah 41:22-23,
‘Bring in [those gods] to tell us
what is going to happen.
…declare to us the things
tell us what the future holds,
so that we may know
that you are gods.’
# Their Creative acts
The Bible tells us what the difference is between the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and those other gods, ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ 1
Maybe the Bible is right when it says:
- ‘…many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.’ 2
- So the brights who think they are enlightened with scientific knowledge, might just end up in darkness, and the ‘darks’ (supposedly the intellectually constrained Christians) will see the face of God daily in the bright light of the Lord. 3
- Jeremiah 10:11
- Matthew 19:30
- Revelation 21:23; 22:5