Synthetic Reality

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The new breed of young atheists is very evangelistic. This is a polite way of saying that some of them are bullies who swagger around actively seeking opportunities to mock believers and proclaim their God-hating philosophies. They are especially noticeable on the internet.

These Atheists dismiss any concept of god or God as weakness. Atheists claim to believe in Science: they will accept nothing but hard facts proven by Science. They claim there is no reality other than the one that we see and hear around us.

I hardly know where to get started with this, because it’s too easy to show the faults in their thinking. Their talk about Science seems to be a huge cop-out or smokescreen. On the surface it sounds like an intelligent response but when I think about it, I just have to shake my head. Are they really that gullible?

Even scientists cannot agree with one another on what’s what. They change their minds on coffee, sugar, chocolate, butter and eggs every year: these things are good for you, bad for you, good for you, bad for you… Recently scientists announced that they have changed their mind about bacon! We might as well toss a coin for the truth, because you’d get the same results as “science.”

Real scientists know we have very limited knowledge of ourselves, our world and our universe. And even scientists suspect there is more around us than what we can see or hear. They think there may be other levels that humans are not able to observe, but animals might be able to. Are those levels supernatural? Maybe. Or, maybe not.

The Doubters

What atheists believe is doubts. They love their doubts. They work at inventing new ones. They compare their doubts with other Doubters. They work at inventing doubts that slander God and insult Him. They are very religious about casting doubts.

Perhaps the older generation of atheists is more refined in their logic; but it seems to me that the new, younger atheists are mostly addicted to inventing blasphemy.

It is not the goal of these young atheists to come to conclusions. If you try to debate with them, they’re not looking for answers. They will ask question after question, but they don’t want answers and they barely listen to what you’re saying.

What atheists want to do is engage you in their game, to lead you through the garden of vile doubts that they have been cultivating. They want to leave you speechless and confused, and they can do it if you play their game. Atheists will have you going in circles, round and round, because they do not want to reach a conclusion.

When I debate with atheists, I no longer engage on their terms because I think they are dishonest in how they debate. They’re not looking for Truth. They are so addicted to their doubts and proud of their blasphemies that they are over-eager to upchuck the whole stinking load on the nearest victim.

The best thing to do is stick to your testimony. This drives atheists crazy because they can’t play their game. And yet, your testimony is exactly what they need.  They will challenge you for “proof” – but they cannot prove that your personal experience with God did not happen, any more than they can prove there is no God.

Atheists will not acknowledge the existence of  anything supernatural, even when there is proof. There are thousands of stories from people who have encountered angels and experienced divine intervention in their lives. I can give personal testimony of miracles that I have witnessed, which were also observed by other people: so these are confirmed miracles.

But the answer atheists give is always the same: “Where is the proof?” They absolutely refuse to show respect for the experience and testimony of others.

Bullies & Trolls

This new generation of atheists is aggressive, rude, angry and disrespectful. They will mock and ridicule, scoff and tear down: but atheists don’t know how to build. They have nothing constructive to offer other than “Science.” That answer is just as vague and indefinite as the god of Universalism.

The younger breed of atheists isn’t making a good impression because they’re not intelligent in how they operate. Mostly they enjoy mocking and badgering. Their bad attitude is obvious. There is a term for people who only want to cause trouble online; they are called trolls.

Not all atheists are trolls of course. Many atheists are very serious about their beliefs and are very educated in debating what they believe. So far I haven’t encountered any atheists who truly wanted to have an honest discussion, though.

I have talked with Christian men who are up to the challenge: they know how to debate with atheists on a sophisticated level. But these men say it’s mostly a waste of time to try to talk with atheists. In general, atheists are a very closed-minded group.

He Who Sits in the Heavens Laughs

He who sits in the heavens will laugh. The Lord will have them in derision. Psalm 2:4 WEB

In December 2012, scientists anticipated a near miss from an asteroid. They promised everyone there was no danger; they knew exactly where it would go and exactly what would happen. And yes, that asteroid did do a fly-by and everything went as predicted.

However, on the very same day a different asteroid came from a different direction and exploded violently over a small town in Russia, so that almost every window was broken and hundreds of people were hurt by the percussion wave that rattled the town. News reports said the shock wave was so powerful that it continued to circle the globe for two or three more days and was picked up by seismic sensors.

Science did not see this meteor coming. If it wasn’t for cell phone and dash-cam videos, they still wouldn’t know much about it. They were able to determine the direction it came from because of images and videos that were posted online.

Everyone forgot about the asteroid that scientists had been talking about! It was nothing compared to what happened in Russia. That asteroid came up on us unseen and unexpected. Scientists did say later that if the meteor had been made of metal instead of the softer rock pieces that were found, the damage would have been far worse. As it was, the blast was more powerful than any bomb that man has ever invented.

So… there were two asteroids on the same day. Scientists knew about only one of them. One asteroid was a near-miss and the other was way too close for comfort. We were fortunate that nobody died. So I cannot help but wonder why atheists are willing to place all their trust in Science, when it is obvious on a daily basis that Science is extremely limited in what they can do.

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools Romans 1:19-22 NIV

Fountain of Youth?

Scientists have not cured cancer, cannot cure the common cold, and are not able to reverse spinal cord damage so that paralyzed people can walk again. They don’t know why the percentage of autism and other neurological disorders in children is increasing by leaps and bounds within our population. They don’t know why vast undersea fields of starfish are dying overnight. There are many, many things they don’t know… and may never know.

Scientists can prolong life with vitamins, modern medicine and plans for preventive wellness. But scientists cannot delay aging: men and women still hit middle-age at the same time as we ever did. We begin to notice aging in our 40’s. As we hit 50, most of us get very depressed as we face the reality of losing our youthful selves forever.  We get OLD at the same pace that we ever did.

YES, mankind does live longer than in centuries past; but we are OLD for all those additional years! So what have we actually gained other than a pile of medical bills for replacement parts? Science has failed to find the Fountain of Youth, which would make a long life more attractive and productive!

These are things that mankind really needs help with, but scientists can’t help us. It’s true that science can do wonders, but there’s a very long ways to go.

God Allows Deception

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. James 4:8 KJV

Atheists don’t realize that God will leave us alone if that’s what we want. If we don’t want to be bothered with God, then God will not bother us. God is very polite and does not force anyone to believe in Him or obey Him.

And, what’s even more amazing is that God allows mockers to be very self-righteous about the synthetic reality they build for themselves. God doesn’t knock down their house of cards: He allows them to move in, decorate the place and enjoy all their blasphemies. Deceived people are oblivious; they don’t realize what danger they are in.

Why does God allow deception? Because He is a merciful God. If people resist the Truth they are offered, then God allows us to build a synthetic reality and live there. It is better to be judged for only that much, than to know the full Truth of God and still reject Him; because then we would be accountable for so much more.

If you try to talk to a person who is deceived, you will find there is strong resistance to the Gospel. You will see that they have answers and excuses for everything. They are well-prepared to argue their point of view. Their resistance is much much stronger than it appears to be on the surface: the resistance runs deep. Some people have spent years walking deeper and deeper into their deception. Step by step they got there: and each step was more deliberate than we realize.

We think that if we can just talk with someone, if we can just get through to them… then they will understand. But it’s not so easy: many of us know the frustration of trying to open eyes that are spiritually blind.

A deceived person will deeply resent someone who tries to knock down the house of cards that they have built for themselves. They are more firmly entrenched in their position than they would ever admit.  This doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get through to such people with the truth of the Gospel; but it does explain why it’s so difficult.

We Have Proof

As believers, we have our proof of God’s existence. God does not leave us as fools: God proves himself to those who honor him. God provides proof to those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; so that we cannot doubt God and cannot doubt the choices we’ve made.

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, which call you by your name, am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:3 AKJV

Unfortunately I can’t pass along my “proof” for others; it would be so much easier if I could do that! All I can do is share my testimony; I can’t pass along the conviction that goes with it. Each of us is expected to seek God for ourselves, and He promises to meet with us when we do that.

And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 AKJV