What Do Atheists Have Faith In?

Atheists want us to prove, with empirical evidence, our belief in God’s existence, even though they are unable to demonstrate with scientific proof that God does not exist. This slight of hand is a bit disingenuous because we all know that no one can either prove or disprove God’s existence by scientific methods alone.

Most atheists, certainly not all, put on the air of intellectual superiority when they scoff at the faith of believers. The fact that they believe in the theory that God does not exist, which theory cannot be proven scientifically, disqualifies them from criticizing those who believe that God does exist.

Most scientists would agree that Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was the greatest genius who ever lived. Since he believed in the existence of a Supreme Intelligence behind the universe, it makes one wonder why they feel so confident in denying God’s existence.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Einstein (Cf. Great Quotes from Great Leaders, Published by Simple Truths, Naperville, IL, 2007).

1. “It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.”

2. “When I examined myself, and my methods of thought, I came to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

3. “The only real valuable thing is intuition.” (Reflection by JC – We do not need scientific verification to prove that there is a God, since we know it by intuition, that is, we know it in our bones).

4.”There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” (Reflection by JC – Walt Whitman agreed with Einstein, when he wrote: “A single mouse is miracle enough to convert a trillion infidels.”)

5.”Imagination is more important than knowledge.” (Reflection by JC – Einstein’s intuition gave us the theory of relativity, as well as quantum physics. Newtonian physics took a back seat. Quantum physics gave us the computer chip. Knowing that God exists is not something we learn from science, people of every age have known it by intuition. Even the Neanderthal man worshiped the god of his understanding.)

6.Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” (Reflection by JC -Einstein was praised all over the world for his genius, but here we find him saying that God is the one who should be honored, not Einstein.)

7. “Truth is what stands the test of experience.” (Reflection by JC – Billions of people throughout history have wondered what they would ever do without their faith in God.)

8. “The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions; only this can give beauty and dignity to life.” (JC – Atheists usually ignore the connection between conscience and the human instinct to do God’s will. They do not want to be burdened by any religious obligations. The bad angels in Genesis knew that God existed, nevertheless, they rebelled saying “I will not serve.” The decision to dismiss God is in the will, not the intellect)

Granted, there are many good atheists who are simply searching for the truth. We must pray for them. They put too much “faith” in the scientific method, and too little in the power of intuitive knowledge.

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  • lkeebler

    We all “worship”, we are hard wired to “worship” as much as we are to breath. (Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.) Romans 1 is not just about sexually perversion but to the very core of the problem is the “worship” of something else, “created things” (including the human person) rather than God. We are made to “worship” God, worshiping anything else brings us to confusion and “a lie”. The atheist may want to say he worships “nothing” but then that would not be honest. Can one even examine their own interior self without the help of God? It would be tough, I don’t know if it can be done, but it would be of great help to try to understand what or who is “worshiped and served”.

  • bbee

    It’s not easy to prove a negative; i.e. that God does not exist. For instance, it would be hard to prove I have no income, or that I am not a homeowner. How do you prove a negative thing, that something “is not?” Because of this, atheists cannot be compelled to prove something “is not.” But if something does exist, I should be able to prove it. I should have something to show I have an income, or am a homeowner.
    When it comes to God, it is up to believers to prove His existence, but we cannot. I really believe God does not allow anyone to KNOW He exists while they are alive because love for Him cannot be compelled. We must have a free will for us to function fully as humans who either choose Him or not. If we know for sure He exists, we would not be free to choose, because only a fool would defy the authority of an all powerful God.
    So God gives us many hints, and signs, and suggestions to lead us to conclude He is real, but we must leap the chasm to Him by faith.
    Atheists think they will find the truth if they walk along a road that denies His existence, but that road only loops back on itself. How many scientists, after years of work in their fields, find themselves, like Einstein, concluding there must be some intelligence behind all that is? Some will admit it, but many refuse. It is those I feel sorry for, like Watson and Crick, who were given the gift to discover the double helix of DNA, but did not see God’s genius in it. How sad.

  • rakeys

    You asked what do atheist have faith in. Here is my answer.
    Either you believe that rocks and energy are created by a God, or you must believe that rocks just appear on their own. No scientific evidence there.
    I prefer to believe that rocks were created by God.
    When i asked an atheist if he believed that rocks can appear on their own, he had no answer.