Why Do Christians Call Atheists Fools?
Sometime ago I made a video about Atheism and posted it online and there were several responses to it.
In one of my rebuttals I told someone, “God is the One who called Atheists fools, I’m simply quoting Him.”
Based on that reply another Atheist then accused me of hiding behind my God to which I gave him the following reply:
I AM calling Atheism foolishness and those who practice it, fools!
I’m just saying the concept didn’t originate with me. It’s not my original idea. It’s God’s.
But make no mistake, I 100% endorse the idea that if you can observe the complexity, intricacy and specificity of this meticulously functioning universe and decide it all came from a causeless cosmic accident then, oh absolutely, you are displaying stupidity of the highest order!
I make no apologies for saying that.
I would be remiss however, if I did not share the rest of the story with you and let you know that we were ALL fools at one time or the other.
This distinction is not reserved for Atheists.
Every human being is basically born stupid and until we positively respond to the revelation knowledge of who Jesus Christ really is and the priceless Gift He offers each of us, we only grow in our inherent stupidity.
This scripture is experientially true of me. I was involved with drugs, the occult and was even demonized when I received salvation back in 1988.
So, when I tell you you’re being foolish for not acknowledging God, it’s not from the perspective of, “Hey, you idiot! Look how stupid you are and look how smart I am!”
That’s not it at all.
I know that we Christians come off like that sometimes but that’s entirely incorrect!
The correct perspective is, “Hey Bro, I was once where you’re at and it’s not a good place to be. If you stay there you’re courting disaster and you seriously need to re-evaluate your situation.”
For instance, if someone were poisoned and didn’t know it, but you knew and had the antidote, how would you approach the situation to help them?
Would you just walk up to them and try to force-feed them the antidote or would you first make their situation clear to them by explaining the danger they’re in?
I know we Christians don’t always succeed in cultivating the right approach to non-Christians but believe it or not, this is what we’re actually trying to do.
When we share the Gospel we’re saying, here’s the antidote.
Your response is based on your free will so it’s entirely up to you to take the antidote or not.
On behalf of myself and every other Christian who has failed in the past to make this situation clear to you.. I apologize.
It is my hope that you will forgive our own ignorance and short-comings and differentiate between the messengers and the message and see the virtue in the latter.