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Friday, September 21, 2007

Atheism in the U.S.A.

According to a Barna study released in June, 5 million adults in the United States claim to be atheists. If agnostics and those who say they have no faith are counted as not believing in God, the number rises to 20 million—one in every 11 Americans. However, only 6 percent of adults over 60 have no faith in God. Does this last-mentioned statistic suggest many people change their minds about the existence of God as they closer to meeting Him?
Atheists may consider themselves non-religious, but in reality they are religious. They believe in what they consider their superior intelligence and self-reliance. They assume their philosophy of life and death is accurate, and therefore choose to live free of what the Bible teaches about human accountability to a divine authority. But ultimately, they will see the error of their ways. Proverbs 14:12 announces, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Furthermore, God has weighed in on the issue of atheism by declaring, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1).
Yes, it takes faith to believe in the existence of God, but it also takes faith not to believe He exists.
While traveling through the beautiful Irish Hills of Michigan years ago, I read a roadside sign that questioned, Why Live in God’s World without God? I wonder how an atheist might answer.

“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior” (Psalm 18:46).

Written by James Dyet. © 2007, Jim Dyet

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