Why an atheist cannot understand the Bible

Guy Harrison is civil in his book, 50 Simple Questions to Every Christian, but we still wonder Investigating Scripture

50 Questions

if he really understands the Bible? And that includes all skeptics, atheists and unbelievers. The Bible is a relatively closed Book to them for the following reasons:


1. God does not share His plans with people who oppose Him. For example, will a person who plans a huge project, share all the relevant information with people he knows will criticise, jeopardise, or sabotage his project? No, he will not, so why would God do it? The Bible reveals God’s plans for the creation of an eternal ‘security complex’ on the renewed earth. For that project He is gathering future citizens.


2. God has an enemy who would like to sabotage His project. God’s archenemy, the devil, hates Him with a passion. He initially worked for God, but decided he could do better. He reckoned there is no reason to obey the all-knowing, all-powerful God. It is stupid. ‘I will do my own thing,’ he thought. For that rebellion he will eventually land in God’s jail, hell.


3. God keeps some things secret. We read, ‘…we [Paul] speak of God’s secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age has understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.’ 1 The devil, if he knew God’s plan, would not have crucified Jesus. That would have stopped God’s plan completely for if Jesus was not crucified, the Kingdom would not be possible (then there is no pardon for sin). The devil and his followers, the demons, realised too late what God planned. They are furious and want to deceive as many people as possible about God’s brilliant project of an eternal Kingdom.


4. God’s enemy blinds people to His plan. The Holy Spirit reveals and the devil conceals the truth of the Bible.

  • For those who love Jesus, the Holy Spirit is there to teach them. The Holy Spirit knows what is in God’s heart. He inspired the writers of Scripture and He will help people to understand God’s brilliant plan. The Holy Spirit is not available to unbelievers.
  • For those who hate God or cannot care less, the devil is there to tell them how stupid the Bible is. The devil ‘helps’ unbelievers by blinding them to Scripture: ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.2


Atheists cannot understand how precious the Bible is, or what it really teaches. Influenced by the devil, they like to criticise and abuse it, but without insight. Their criticism of God and His Book should increase our confidence in Scripture. Unbelievers don’t spend their time and energy to denounce Zeus or other imaginary gods. Only because God is real, is there this war against Him and His Book. Nobody fights against a dead person. Jesus is alive and well and His faithful followers are looking forward to be with Him eternally.



  1. 1 Corinthians 2:7-8
  2. 2 Corinthians 4:4



Atheists will win

Listening on YouTube to atheist conferences and other presentations, one Atheists winis struck by the constant derision of the Bible and the insistence that atheism will win the day. We want to give atheists the assurance that it is not necessary to shout down Christians or get excited about God and the Bible. Professor Daniel Dennett was completely right when he said atheists will win the war against God and the Bible. The reason they will win is because the Bible says so.


An uncanny thing about the Bible, the Book of Truth, is that it predicted things we see happening before our eyes. Around 30 AD Jesus asked, ‘…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?’ 1 He was referring to His second coming, which comes nearer with every decade. So we can expect an increase in atheism, and a sharp decline of faith in Him. That is what is happening.


Similarly Jesus also predicted, ‘Enter through the narrow gate….small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.’ 2 It is another indication that atheists will be in the majority and believers in the minority. Atheists need not get excited, or shout down Bible believers. Those who often post noxious, blasphemous content against the Bible and God on the internet, can relax. They can celebrate! Jesus predicted their victory in this life.


In the parable of the sower 3 Jesus explained that of every four people who hear the Gospel, only one will believe and stand firm. Again, it shows that non-belief (atheism) is the winner. All of this should comfort atheists tremendously. Their work is not in vain. They will overpower the ‘darkness’ of ‘religion.’


We do, however, have a hitch or two.

  • Atheists believe that the Bible is a myth. So will they believe Jesus’ encouraging predictions that they will win the war against God and His people on this side of the grave? Will they believe it  even if it comes from the book they claim is not true?
  • Atheists don’t believe the Bible’s claim that there is life after death. So why are they so anxious to convert ‘religious’ people? Why do they go to the trouble to give lectures, take part in debates, hold rallies, et cetera to influence Bible believers to accept atheism?  If it is true that there is no life after death, what does it matter what one believes in this life? You can believe in the God of the Bible, nothing, Zeus, UFO’s, extraterrestrials, Mormonism, Buddhism, anything you want to. Who cares what you do and believe if there is no life after death?
  • Why do atheists consistently attack the only historical book that explains there is life after death, the Bible?


These things make one think. Can it be that the Bible is maybe not fiction but fact?



  1. Luke 18:8b
  2. Matthew 7:13-14
  3. Matthew 13:3-23



God and the New Atheists

The most amazing aspect of the Bible is its predictive ability. For example it predictedRynier and Susan the war against God 3,000 years ago in Psalm 83:1-2: ‘O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.’  Peter Boghossian calls Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett, valiant fighters against the ‘terror’ of the God of the Bible.1 They fit the description of enemies …astir.


In Psalm 83:3 we read, ‘With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish.’  New Atheists like Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Victor Stenger, Michel Onfray, Dan Barker, A C Grayling, Lawrence Krauss, Jerry Coyne, Greta Christina, Michael Shermer, David Silverman, Steven Pinker conspire and plot.2 They write mainly from a scientific perspective. Victor Stenger proposed that the personal Abrahamic God is a scientific hypothesis that can be tested by standard methods of science. Logically Dawkins and Stenger concluded that the hypothesis fails any such tests. 3  (Richard Dawkins is the founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science – RDFRS).4


When New Atheists want scientific information on how the virgin birth took place, or how a man can be resurrected after he has been dead for three days? How do we answer them? Jesus showed us a strategy. He was once questioned by the chief priests and the elders, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? …who gave you this authority?’  Jesus said if they can answer His question, He will answer them: John’s baptism—was it from heaven or from men? They deliberated about it and realised that whichever way they answered, they were in trouble. So they said they didn’t know. Jesus replied that He was then under no obligation to answer them. 5


In the same way atheists believe they are scientific, rational and logical. They can ‘crush’ ignorant Bible believers with their excellent arguments. So let us follow Jesus’ strategy and ask them to answer our question first, before we answer theirs. How did male and female evolve simultaneously so that evolution could continue? When in the history of life did organisms begin sexual reproduction, because it is very uneconomical in evolutionary terms? 6


Atheists will have trouble with this simple biological question. They can only say that they don’t know yet. It happened somewhere, somehow. In the mean time the public have to believe that sex evolved without any scientific evidence. That is not science, but faith in evolution.


The take away message is: if they cannot answer us, why do they question us? Yet we intend to answer their questions in this blog. Don’t be afraid. It is not the Bible or God that is a myth. The opposite is true. Evolution is the myth.



  1. P Boghossian, A Manual for Creating Atheists, Pitchstone Publishing, 2013, p 17
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Matthew 21:23-27
  6. Reece et al, Campbell Biology, Pearson, 2011, p 354