Atheist Friends

I have a few friends, from various religious upbringings, that describe themselves as atheist. I have had quite a few discussions about religion with these friends, and it has helped me gain some ground on my own beliefs.

When talking to my atheist friends (I don’t mean to make that sound derogatory, I have nothing against atheism) I often ask the question, “How are you sure that there is absolutely no higher power?” Of course, they are not absolutely sure. How could you be?

But this brings up the same question for me. How can I be absolutely sure that God, in one form or another, does indeed exist? It would seem that both atheists and theists have no way of being sure of their position.

In response to that, I’ve decided for now that it is better for my spiritual health to have faith in a god rather than have faith there is none. The problem is, I am not yet ready to say that the Christian view of God is correct, but hey, baby steps right?

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5 thoughts on “Atheist Friends

  1. This quote has been attributed to Marcus Aurelius. Whether true or not, the quote is a good one, and may help you understand:

    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

  2. We were all there once. Once you (in my case) get over the fear of hell and the awful punishment you’ll receive for not believing the rest is easy. It was a long time ago that I gave up the supernatural. Its always refreshing to read people’s thoughts and perils during this transition. Thank you for sharing.

  3. I think this just has to be one of those “Go with your gut” scenarios. like nearly everything involving religion, a lot is left up to the individual interpretations of various people. i think some people find it hard to choose a certain viewpoint because there are so many things that wouldn’t be interpreted as “something God would do”

  4. Believing in something we can’t see isn’t something we are trained to do. Accepting on faith is tough, but it shouldn’t be. Getting on an airplane and assuming we’ll land at the other end is faith, isn’t it? So faith in a God we can’t see, in a culture that raises us to do what we want, is a reach. I’m always intrigued to discuss faith with someone who poses atheism as their belief. If we give atheism research our attention, then shouldn’t we also be open to studying Lee Strobel (Case for Christ), or much further back, CS Louis? People that set out to disprove Jesus, and found the reverse? Either side we live on, and choose to believe, gives us a chance to practice our beliefs in a way that serves us. It’s a very personal thing.
    For me, with everything I’ve seen in my path, I chose faith in the story and life of Jesus.

    There’s a song by Nicole Nordeman (What If) that I find curious and cerebral, that asks an interesting question.

    What if you’re right?
    And he was just another nice guy
    What if you’re right?
    What if it’s true?
    They say the cross will only make a fool of you
    And what if it’s true?

    What if he takes his place in history
    With all the prophets and the kings
    Who taught us love and came in peace
    But then the story ends
    What then?

    But what if you’re wrong?
    What if there’s more?
    What if there’s hope you never dreamed of hoping for?
    What if you jump?
    And just close your eyes?
    What if the arms that catch you, catch you by surprise?
    What if He’s more than enough?
    What if it’s love?

    What if you dig
    Way down deeper than your simple-minded friends
    What if you dig?
    What if you find
    A thousand more unanswered questions down inside
    That’s all you find?

    What if you pick apart the logic
    And begin to poke the holes
    What if the crown of thorns is no more
    Than folklore that must be told and retold?

    You’ve been running as fast as you can
    You’ve been looking for a place you can land for so long
    But what if you’re wrong?

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