As I’ve said in previous blogs, Atheism is an illogical and impossible philosophy. No one can say: “There is no God.” because a person must be omniscience to make that statement and NO man is! To the Atheist: “Be honest with yourself. Your belief that God does not exist is your FAITH statement based on your BELIEFS, not on any proof!” Besides, proving a negative is impossible. For example, I could say: “There are no unicorns alive on Earth today.” Can I prove that? NO! I’d have to be able to see every square foot of the planet at the same time to be sure, and even then I might miss it because of its camouflage. I’d need Planetary Omniscience.
I will send the Atheist to Agnosticism when he realizes Atheisms untenable logical dilemma. Since he doesn’t have perfect, absolute knowledge, the best he can say is “I don’t and can’t know if there is a God.” He can’t say for certain “there is no God” because he’s not omniscient! Both Atheism and Agnosticism deny God—the atheist with absurd certainty and the agnostic with skeptical, uncertainty. The Agnostic has by far the more logical view but realize, dear reader; his view is a confession of ignorance NOT knowledge of truth. In the Bible, Romans addresses this in Chapters 1-3 as “suppressing the truth.” Agnostics do not deny the existence of God. Instead, they hold that one cannot know for certain whether or not God exists.
Ask the agnostic: “Is there a God?” They typically reply, “I don’t know if there is a God or not, but if there is, he is not relevant to my life.” Most would probably add, “no one can know for sure if there is or is not a God, but it doesn’t matter.”
Nineteenth-century British scientist Thomas H. Huxley created the term “Agnostic” for himself in 1870. He believed that only material phenomena were objects of exact knowledge. He made up the word from the prefix a, meaning “without, not,” as in amoral, and the noun Gnostic. Gnostic is related to the Greek word gnōsis, “knowledge,” which was used by early Christian writers to mean “higher, esoteric knowledge of spiritual things.” In coining the term Agnostic, Huxley was considering a group of his fellow intellectuals—“ists,” as he called them—who had eagerly embraced various doctrines or theories that explained the world to their satisfaction without God. Darwin’s Evolution was one of their major doctrines
Astronomer Carl Sagan, a self-identified Agnostic, said, “The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us. There is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”
This statement is an excellent illustration of Romans 1:18–25, because he admits “mysteries” but won’t define it, pursue it, or believe it. Agnosticism is a confession of ignorance, not a credible philosophy. God gave them over because both Atheists and Agnostics suppress the truth, Romans 1-3 again!
This blog is adapted from various portions of my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! Charlie is also the author of ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is In You.” http://yourchristiananswers.com
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