If God Was Real, He’d Prove Himself To Atheists!

If God Was Real, He’d Prove Himself To Atheists! January 2, 2012

Atheists tend to whine (about miracles). They happen too often and not nearly enough. They are far too small and insignificant — like stigmata — and far too cosmic and looming — like the existence of the Universe. They have the annoying habit, as Hitchens pointed out, of largely happening to Catholics. They disdain to take place in climate-controlled, clinical studies, and in general, behave with total disregard for the atheist’s feelings.

We’ve all heard the complaint. Perhaps we’ve made it: “If God really wanted me to believe in him, He’d show me he existed! He’d rip open the skies, drop down and tell me: ‘I exist Joe! Therefore, stop smoking weed and posting YouTube videos, it offends my artistic sensibilities, and verily so.'”

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So we pray that wonderfully self-contradicting prayer, “God, who I don’t believe exists, prove to me you exist!” And when God makes no response, but instead has the audacity to remain on his cumulus throne, smiting gays and forbidding drinking, we settle back into our sofas and smile, happy that “Well, we tried!” (This, of course, is supremely logical, akin to calling “Dad!” from your living room and, upon hearing no response, concluding you have no Father, but were in fact spawned from the elements of earth.) Off gallop we to L’internet, feverishly assembling a Tumblr post making fun of fundamentalist Christians for believing in God based on a singular, personal experience.

All of which misses the point. If it takes a miracle to make you believe in God, your belief could only ever be miraculous; never your own. Joe could not reject God after such an event any more than he could reject the weather. And without the possibility of rejection there exists no possibility of Love, a fact which the atheist, in his pious fear and trembling, always forgets, that God’s aim is not simply that we believe in Him — it is that we love Him. No miracle in the universe is performed without regards to this Love — no miracle ever was and no miracle ever will be. So please, my dearest, most fabulously good-looking atheistic hipsters, save yourself some time, stop with the “God — who I hate — prove to me that you are real — which I hope you’re not — and I’ll believe in you — but probably won’t be down with all your weird laws–thanks,” and read St. Thomas Aquinas instead.

After all, the Christian does not base his faith on inexplicable occurrences, but on good reasoning, and perhaps a little existentialism. It is always fascinating to me that the atheist assumes he will take pride of place within Christianity, were he ever to believe. He “tests” the claim of religion with the following mentality: “Of course you peasant Christians had to study philosophy, struggle with doubt, and live the sacramental life, but if I am to believe in God, it will be because He made a cow levitate around my head, and subsequently bought me an aaa-reo-plane.”

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Of course, what’s really miraculous is the belief that miracles are impossible. On this point the heathen is the real priest of our age, the great mystic who baffles the common people with inexplicable revelations from Holy Science. “Pigs cannot fly,” he says.

“Why not?” the ignorant Christian rejoins.
“Because of the laws of physics.”
“What are those?”
“Laws we make based on common occurrences. Because pigs have not flown every time we’ve observed them, we can safely assume pigs never fly.”
“But pigs flying would be an uncommon occurrence.”
“So what you’re saying is that the uncommon occurrence of pigs flying is impossible because commonly, pigs do not. That which is unlikely is impossible, because it is unlikely.”
“Yeth.” The atheist inexplicably developed a lisp.
“What is it that makes a pig go on not-flying?”
“You must not like quantum physics.”
“No, I do. After all, I am an atheith.”

(It is very easy to win debates with atheists when you get to narrate them.) But all of this you know. What is truly interesting is that even were a miracle to occur according to atheistic standards, it would hardly convince the New Atheist. Modern atheism at its heart is not a search for truth; it is a philosophy invented for the purpose of justifying immorality. The atheists of my generation would only believe the Writing on the Wall if it spelled out “I’m cool with porn now.”

Seriously, what would it take? 1. The miracle would have to be obviously miraculous. No Virgin Mary’s on grilled-cheese, please. 2. There would have to be witnesses. How many? A hundred? Two hundred? Whatever, let’s go crazy — 30,000 to 40,000 witnesses. But they couldn’t all be Christians, right? It could be a really big lie, like the Bible. So 3. we’d need atheists in the crowd. Check. And 4. we need doctors, lawyers, and news reporters all in confirmed agreement, for peasants are easily fooled. 5. It couldn’t be random, it would have to be prophesied in religious terms, less some scientific marvel bedazzle us. 6. And it should be recent, oh yes, so there exists no possibility of a big game of Telephone, within the last 100 years, at least. Would that do it?

It happened. The Miracle of the Dancing Sun occurred in 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, to a crowd of 30,000 to 40,000 witnesses, including scientists, atheists and reporters. They gathered because three shepherd children claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary said a miracle would occur. The best explanation I’ve found for the event is that staring at the sun for too long dazzles the eyes. I went out and stared at the sun, and was unimpressed by the theory, given Dr. Almeida Garrett, Professor of Natural Sciences at Coimbra University’s description of the event, that “the sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl, when suddenly a clamor was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.” All other explanations seem to go along these lines, “Well stuff like this happens whenever a bunch of religious people get together and expect it.” Yes. Yes it does. But all this doesn’t matter. As far as I can tell, for a miracle to convince an atheist, it must convince an atheist. That’s what it boils down to. The atheist judges God by the almighty standards of himself. For a miracle to be true, the atheist must believe it.

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  • The_Truth

    I’ve experienced the God of the heavens and the earth quite dramatically in the last couple of weeks.He is very very very REAL. Don’t try to understand the idea of him. Don’t even bother. It will blow your mind, he will blow your mind. I don’t know how I got there but I had an encounter in his presence and since then I’ve been pondering about him but it hurts my brain. Its futile.You can never understand him.WHAT!! you are in for a shock of your life.

    I’m a christian and have been for a long time and the
    way i reacted after this experience quite shocked me cos I’ve always believed in God but experiencing him like that completely blew me away…….. God says that if you search for him earnestly you will find him.

    The main word here is SIN. Sin seperates us from God. When God decided to create man, the devil got jealous and rebelled against him. He was God’s highest angel Lucifer 2nd in command. God gives everyone free will. So he threw him out of heaven. The devil is very jealous of mankind (because we are made in the image of God) so he tricked eve into eating the fruit so that she will be eternally damned to the same punishment as he is. She succumbed and here we are today!

    When eve ate the fruit she got kicked out of eden. So the devil rules this world.He is the author of sin and death. Gods laws are eternal, he is JUST and can’t have one punishment for one and a different one for another. The devil is going to be put in eternal death at some point for rebelling against God and this world will end then. He is going to try and take as much of mankind down with him as possible before the appointed time of his damnation and no one knows the time only God.

    God really loves mankind. Which is why he sent his only son to die for us. To make a way to reconcile mankind to himself and give us eternal life to prevent us from eternal death brought about by sin.
    When you believe in Jesus, God sees Jesus when you come to him as Jesus is blameless in his sight and never commited sin.

    For the forgiveness of sins there has to be shedding of blood. God is just. Justice has to be served where there is sin. Punishment has to be served. Jesus has paid the price for all of our sins by dying on the Cross of Calvary. He has carried the punishment for the sins of the entire race of mankind which is why it was such a brutal death. All we have to do is believe in him. He is our highpriest sitting by God interceeding for us.This is for all our past, present and future sins.

    Your goodness does not play a part. Our salvation is a FREE GIFT from God, it is by his grace not by your good or bad works. We are only restored to God through Jesus Christ otherwise we are condemned as the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life. condemned to the same eternal death as lucifer for sinning. So Thank you JESUS ever so much.

    Because you have grace does not mean you can just keep sinning intentionally. Thats not grace God can see the intentions and the motives of your heart. He is All knowing and All present. He sends us his spirit once you receive Christ to teach us to be more like him.

    He is so Incredible. What he feels like it has not even entered your imagination. People please find out the truth for yourselves search for him if you haven’t found him. The devil is very cunning and will try everything to stop us and this great news. Stay blessed we have lots of hope. Exciting things to look forward to.