My Testimony; why clear and logical thinking Atheists should become Agnostic.

During March I’ve given my testimony at three CBMC (Christian Business Men’s Connection) outreach events in Carlisle, York, and Chambersburg and I’ll be doing it again in Gettysburg next Wednesday at Dunlap’s Restaurant. I became a Christian at 35, converted from “hardcore” Atheism.  As I’ve spoken each time, during the Q&A, a common reaction has been: “Explain WHY you said Atheism is an illogical and impossible philosophy.  My Answer: 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 “there is NO God” is a FAITH statement based on your BELIEFS, not on any proof!” The absence of evidence is NOT proof.  Besides, proving that negative is impossible.  For example, I 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 the animals camouflage.  I’d need Planetary Omniscience to know for sure there are no Unicorns.

Since no man has perfect, absolute knowledge, the best an Atheist 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!  When the Atheist realizes this untenable, logical dilemma, he should flee to Agnosticism. Both Atheism and Agnosticism deny God—the Atheist with absurd certainty and the Agnostic with skeptical, uncertainty.  The Agnostic’s view is a confession of ignorance NOT knowledge or truth.  In the Bible, Romans addresses this as “suppressing the truth.”  Agnostics do not deny the existence of God but hold that one cannot know for sure 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 eagerly embraced various doctrines or theories like Evolution that explained the Universe without God.

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.”

Three Books: 1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!  A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.”  2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You.  Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions”Both at http://yourchristiananswers.com 3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead!  Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.”  Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com

Amazon/Kindle short stories written by Charlie Liebert: 1)The Memory Tree. A Gospel Christmas Story.  2) Helene at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls.  My Grandmother’s adventures in 1900 Northern Italy.  3) Lost in Yellowstone: Sarah Johanson disappears without a trace.  4) Yellowstone’s Child: “Who am I? Sarah Johanson, Sally Graham, Sally Johnson or Detective Elaine Scott.”   NO! She’s Yellowstone’s Child.  5) One Android, 399 lives: 59th Street Terrorist Attack Kills 399. 6) Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. How my twice Jewish Aunt survived the Holocaust 7) The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. A 17th-century German folk tale dramatically illustrated by events in 1921.

Twitter name: @CreationCharlie              Charlie’s weekly blog, search charlieliebert.blog

Video answers http://www.sixdaycreation.com

Contact charlie@sixdaycreation.comor 336-337-4975 (call or text).

11 thoughts on “My Testimony; why clear and logical thinking Atheists should become Agnostic.

  1. There is a problem with semantics here. I thinking confusion arises out of agnosticism. There are several definitions of ‘agnostic’ in circulation and many people don’t want to be associated with a ‘don’t know’ stance. For many, the claims made by faith groups are so extremely absurd that ‘don’t know’ is too much of a concession.

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  2. Semantics +1
    The theist claim there is a god, does it make them omniscient?

    “Be honest with yourself. Your belief that “there is NO God” is a FAITH statement based on your BELIEFS, not on any proof!”
    –I’ll claim that I do not have evidence of a god. Having read the bible and having years of religious training/education, it is not credible to me. Sure, I suppose there could be gods, devils, ghosts, goblins, vampires, werewolves, unicorns, big foot and a host of other entities but why bother being “agnostic” about it. Like everything above, the theist is making the claim and the atheist is rejecting that claim.

    “There is a god” is a faith statement based on your beliefs without any proof. (Just changing your sentence around)

    Enjoy your Day!
    Dave

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    1. Better said “I believe there is a God is a statement of faith. OR I believe there is no God is also a faith statement. When the Atheist states: “There is NO God” without the “I believe” is the claim of omniscience. Many have stated to me: “I know for certain there is no God.” That’s illogical and unprovable! Your statement does fit Agnostic, not Atheist when you conceded> “I suppose there could be…” Thanks for the challenge. I believe it helped clarify my view.

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  3. What are the chances that humans are a special life form, which unlike all other creatures, enjoys two lives rather than the customary one! The delusion of the faithful is that resurrection is possible. All creatures die and there is no second chance! Amen

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    1. You sound like a pure mateialist. If that is true I have addressed your statements in my book “ANSWERS For: “The Hope That Is In You!” Simply. ypu believe in many things that you cannot sense, Immaterlal​​ Opposites, Historical​ Narritives and Absolute Scientific Laws. For example you react to the wind but you can’t see it.

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      1. Well Charlie, you sound like someone who has been conned into believing that you have an eternal soul and therefore salvation, resurrection and the Holy S__it. It is just common sense that we are not different from other creatures. Delusion abounds about an after life.

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  4. charlie You say you are a converted atheist. What was the hook that pulled you onto the side of faithful/delusional? I missed a chance to ask someone a similar question recently. She and her husband, both Russian Jews, had converted to Mormonism. What was the hook that snagged those two? It would be interesting to know what appealed to you.

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