I get a kick out of my husband’s friends, especially when they are all together chatting about sports. They all have their favorite teams, and their sports that they are most passionate about and they love to raz one another about which team is the best, and which team won the most Stanley Cups, or World Series rings, etc. It’s kind of painful to listen to, for us females that might be around at the time.
Some of these men are very passionate about their beliefs in their prize team that they cheer for. They also get very angry if someone insults their favorite player, or the team’s ability or team manager, or the fact that all the players were on steroids and that might be the reason that they won so many World Series rings. The list of arguments is tiresome, but these men never seem to tire in defending their precious team.
It’s very much the same as these people that call themselves an “Atheist”. There are so many nowadays. And vocal. Oh my goodness they are vocal. More vocal that Boston Red Sox fans! Way more vocal than any Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or Agnostic. Why do you think they are so vocal? From the ones I’ve run across, most are angry, angry, angry individuals. My heart actually breaks that these people have such a bitter heart. It must be hell just living in their brains!
Nobody believes or rejects God for intellectual reason. People believe or reject for emotional reasons. In recent psychological studies, one of the largest people groups exhibiting anger towards God is Atheists. They are angry at God—angry at something they don’t believe in. Don’t you find this bizarre? Obviously, they have a chip on their shoulder about God. Really is this why you became an Atheist? Or could it be that you were emotionally scarred somewhere in your life? Maybe you were praying for a parent to live and they died. Maybe you were praying for a marriage to survive and it died. Maybe you were praying for healing of a sick child, and they were never healed. Whatever the reason, I am sure it was heartbreaking.
We all make emotional decisions, and people make these decisions based on what they have been exposed to. My mother wouldn’t take a drink of any alcoholic beverage because she grew up with an alcoholic mother and was exposed to the devastation that accompanies this. Some people never want to get married, maybe because they went through their parents splitting and are scarred from that or maybe they had a bad experience with the opposite sex. Either ways, these decisions are based on emotional circumstances.
We all face emotional experiences, and we’ve all been let down tremendously once, twice, or even more in our lives and we believe that it is God that is letting us down. If this produces incredible anger inside of you, you will turn away from God. And you will be very angry. Atheists will tell you that they reject God for factual evidence, but they rarely do. There are multitudes of facts that there is some higher force in this universe.
All scholars agree that Paul is a good historian who wrote books of his accounts of Biblical times. In 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 he reaccounts, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel preached to you, which you received, which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.” This is documented as the truth by many scholars, but now you have to do with it what you want to do with it.
Just like my husband’s friends getting all emotional over their sports team, many people get all emotional over religion. People can think their beliefs are for scholarly reasons, but unless they have a degree in philosophy and are well educated in this area, the way they believe is based on emotional reason and not intellectual reasons.
Just like why a male cheers for a certain sports team. Their opinions are based on emotional reasons. Just like philosophers will admit, there is proof of Jesus, but then it is your decision on what you do with it. Don’t let anger of your past stand in your way of all you’ve been created to be, because as much as you want to deny it, Atheists don’t believe in God probably because they have been emotional scared by something or someone. It’s very sad, but true.