Atheist, Agnostics, and Non Theists contest the existence of God. Their main points of argument are the lack of scientific proof and the horrific conditions of violence and suffering in the world. How can a loving God remain silent, inactive among so much tragedy?
Their arguments are compelling, rational, and valid. They have challenged theologians for centuries. Some became theologians. Paul Tillich was such an agnostic who found his faith by redefining God. His treatise “The Courage to Be!” is used in major seminaries today.
Notwithstanding, suffering, violence, injustice, and evil continue to be problematic. These life conditions have proven to withstand theological dogma, confessions of faith, and even powerful preaching.
The Bible says a lot about why bad things happen without giving definitive answers for every situation. The key for people of faith has been relationship. Consistent, committed personal experiences with God over time produce powerful, transforming convictions.
Habbakuk, a prophet wrestling with these issues concluded he would base his life on a simple proposition. He writes “Even if the fig tree does not bloom and the vines have no grapes, even if the olive tree fails to produce and the fields yield no food, even if the sheep pen is empty and the stalls have no cattle— even then, I will be happy with the Lord. I will truly find joy in God, who saves me. The Lord Almighty is my strength. He makes my feet like those of a deer. He makes me walk on the mountains (Habbakuk 3:17-18a).”
The Bible says the just shall live by faith; one version says “The just shall live by his faith.” Faith in God contingent on existential proofs can be shaken by life. But a holistic approach is powerful. It says, “through it all I’ve learned to trust in God.” My relationship with God validates my faith; it’s personal.
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Love is God….Love is my faith so I am faithful to God. I am not a religious man but I am a man of faith. I always hear people say their relationship with God is personal but its meant to not only be shared but used as a form of education. Why are we so passive aggressive about our faiths when we feel so passionate and aggressive about them….God isnt personal, it’s a faith that should be taught. The more we challenge each other’s faith, the more we will narrow the pathway to God’s true intentions!!!! Regarding atheists and agnostics they can keep providing the world view while we provide the world with education about their spirit….both prospective must learn and lean on one another. Great post….keep provoking thought!!!!