I am often amazed at the chutzpah, the cheek, of the unsaved. Not only are many proudly unsaved, but they are amazingly militant. Not only do they not believe in God, but often you are not allowed to believe, either!
“That offends me!” they cry, but… they care absolutely nothing about if they offend you.
The latest offense? the bumper sticker that reads, “A closed mind is a good thing to lose.”
One needs to understand the definition used by the western world. “belief in God” equals “closed mind.” “Your mind is made up!” they protest. Yes, you’re right. But so is yours. And it seems that your mind is even more tightly closed than mine, as I have examined the evidence, and you have not.
Witness a discussion between an atheist I worked with. He cited some poll that claimed most atheists and agnostics knew more about religion than Christians. I promptly asked him what the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism was? He was unable to answer. After I elucidated, he never raised the subject again. Although I have no doubts that his opinions remain the same. It’s stupifying sometimes to answer every objection to an atheist, and see that the very next day their beliefs remain unchanged!
Another atheist at work (why is it they can bring up their lack of belief and attack my beliefs at work, and yet I am unable to witness at work?) attempted to challenge the Bible in the most clumsy manner I’ve ever heard of (“The guy who wrote the Bible was really messed up!” – except it was a profanity instead of “Messed”), and was totally deflated when I explained to him he was completely ignorant about the Bible (“You are aware that the Bible was written over 1500 years by 40 different authors, right?”). This completely destroys the argument that most atheists and agnostics know more about religion than Christians.
The atheist obviously intends, by this bumper sticker, that Christians should go insane, and that way they’re out of the way. Or obviously intends that we should drop our “closed minds” and accept the cold, depressing future of a Godless life. This makes them feel validated somehow, that if more people believe like them, they must be correct somehow.
But if a billion people believe 2+2=5, then a billion people are still wrong. It matters not if another billion join you or not! Wrong belief remains wrong belief. It’s a classic error exposed by Thouless’s “38 Dishonest methods of crooked thinking” – the appeal to numbers.
John Ankerberg prefers to use the argument that for an atheist to state with certainty that there is no God, the atheist would have to become God. It’s logically a true argument, but not one that would convince an Atheist. Of course, God walking on this earth and teaching men face to face over 3 years in Israel didn’t convince Atheists either.
An atheist requires proof – and then often is unwilling to accept the proof. Again I am reminded that the big move in Christianity is to discourage Evidentialism – when indeed that is the very approach that yields the most results! The preference is now for arguments derived from vacuum – that if we had no Bible, we could prove God’s existence from nature itself. I understand that atheists call this the “broken watch” argument. Bahnsen and Lane do well with these – but I’ve had amazing success with Evidential arguments.
Ultimately, every atheist will find himself answered about God’s existence, and alas, it will not be the happy “oh, you did exist after all” meeting they fancifully conjecture. Rather, it will be a terrifying meeting, with a sentence and judgment too terrible to contemplate. You will burn FOREVER.
Perhaps we should make a matching bumpersticker that says, “An Atheists closed mind is a good thing to lose!”