Promoting Atheism?

It occurs to me that many churches may be unwittingly promoting atheism.  It is a bad thought, but a true one. 

 I don’t have a huge opportunity to speak with many atheists, but I have read many writings by atheists.  One thing keeps popping up–they like Jesus.  His teachings, His love, His ideas are all good to them.  They like that He spoke againsts social inequality and cared for the outcasts. 

Another thing that pops up, though, is that some church at some point was hurtful to them in some way.  Whether people were disingenuous, hypocritical, overly critical, or obnoxious about being right, something drew them away from belief.  In some cases it was some dramatic event and in others it was a long-time-coming kind of thing.  Either way, they left.

The church often offers fast and easy answers to difficult/messy questions.  Other times there is no answer offered at all, only condemnation for asking such a question in the first place.  Life is messy and so is some of the Bible if you are not accustomed to it.  Christians need to try to see all that we believe from an outsider’s perspective.  Maybe then we could better understand the difficulty some have with what they hear and read.

Our goal is to help people get to know Christ, not promote atheism.  Jesus wasn’t afraid of messy people, situations, or questions.  I pray that we can have the same courage.

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5 thoughts on “Promoting Atheism?

  1. Interesting. Were you raised to believe in God/Jesus or have you held this view since early in life? You probably do not feel that the New Testament is true, but how do you view the extra-biblical sources?

    Just curious. As I stated, I don’t have much of an opportunity to speak to atheists.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    Matt

  2. I just realized something. You said that you are a lifelong atheist, so I guess that answers one of my questions. Sorry for being stupid.

    I’d still like to know more about the thought-process.

    Matt

  3. I remember you talking about this when you where at Cardiff. It reminded me of the time shortly after I left Beaumount, and Gods words where coming everywhere to me. All the signs kept reffering me to scripture about false prophets. I feel very strongly today that his meaning wasnt about one man but the Church at large. The Apostle Paul told his son Timothy that ” For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.” 2 Timothy 3:4 He was speaking about the Church. Its satans work to corrupt the church, to keep driving people away from Christ. And what better workers for him than Gods own people.

  4. What’s up Little Guy,

    You’re right. There is a lot of bad teaching out there that we must be aware of. But, we can’t throw the baby out with the bath water. That is, we shouldn’t condemn all churches because of the actions/teachings of a few. Unfortunately, that is what I see happening a lot. People leave a “bad” church and never try to find a “good” one because of a bad experience. God help us to love Him and others the right way and to do the right thing in showing that love.

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