Friday, July 10th, 2009

miraclesAtheists claim they don’t believe in miracles—that miracles are for religious people—but I beg to differ.  Atheists believe in miracles too, although they do not involve a divine being.  How so?  Atheists believe something came into existence from nothing, out of nowhere, entirely uncaused.  They believe life came from non-life, that the rational came from the non-rational, that order came from chaos, and specified information came from randomness.  Those are some serious miracles, and require a lot more faith than belief in an intelligent and powerful God who created the universe from nothing, life from non-life, and ordered the universe with specified information!  As Norm Geisler says, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist!

We know the NT speaks of “God” and “Father” regularly, but have you ever wondered how many times God is called “God” versus “Father,” or which appellation different NT authors prefer?  What about the NT use of “Son,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” and “Christ?  I have, so I took the time to research it, and here is what I found:

Mt =    Father =           43 times (all by Jesus)
Mt =    God =              42 times (27 by Jesus)
Mt =    Lord =             49 times (16 refer to God, 33 to Jesus)
Mt =    Son =               56 times
Mt =    Jesus =             182 times
Mt =    Christ =           12 times

Mk =   Father =           5 times (all by Jesus)
Mk =   God =              33 times (31 by Jesus)
Mk =   Lord =             14 times (7 refer to God, 7 to Jesus)
Mk =   Son =               24 times
Mk =   Jesus =             103 times
Mk =   Christ =           7 times


J. Budziszewski wrote about an exchange that took place between him and one of his students.  The student claimed to be an agnostic, but Budziszewski helped him see that while he may not have an intellectual commitment for or against God’s existence, he cannot avoid a practical commitment to one or the other.

Every agnostic tilts one way or the other in practice: towards theism, or towards atheism.  How can you tell where they tilt?  Look at how they live their lives.  Every agnostic lives his life in one of two ways: (1) as though God does exist; (2) as though God does not exist.  To quote Budziszewski, “Commitments are reflected in movements of the will.”  If they do not pray and/or are unconcerned about the moral quality of their actions, then they are betting that God does not exist—a “practical atheism” of sorts.  If, however, they do pray and/or demonstrate concern for the moral quality of their actions, they are betting that God does exist.

Check out the exchange here.  It’s an informative and enjoyable five minute read.