Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Unbelief is a Faith Commitment

The following is a quote from a book I am reading, entitled "Rethinking Worldview", by J. Mark Bertrand (© 2007 - Crossway Books). I would like your opinion on what he states here...

Christians have a tendency to believe the lie that if only we had enough evidence, if only we could devise a good enough argument, then fair-minded unbelievers would get off the fence and join us. But there are no fair-minded unbelievers. There are no neutral observers in the battle between good and evil. Unbelief is not so much lack of faith as faith that there is no Creator, no Lord, and no Righteous Judge. It is a wager made in spite of the odds (and the evidence), for no other reason than that a sinful man would prefer that there be no God.

Atheism requires faith. In fact, atheism is faith - faith that there is no God. To live according to his faith, an atheist must be willing to reinterpret the facts to fit his prior assumption that there can be no God. Transcendent morality would support the existence of God, so it cannot be. The law of cause and effect would support it, so the law of cause and effect must sometimes be suspended. If the very existence of universal concepts suggests some divine mind, then universals cannot exist. The assumption of atheism, if it is consistently pursued, requires that every area of life be robbed of transcendence. Fortunately, atheism is only rarely pursued consistently!

He also cites previously the parable from Luke 16:19-31, with my emphasis on verse 31, where Jesus says,

But he told him, "If they don't listen to Moses, and the prophets, they will not
be persuaded if someone rises from the dead."
I don't know about you, but that last verse is some pretty powerful scripture.

Your thoughts on this?
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