God is Completely Logical

Over the last year I have been challenged by many aspects of the Christian life. As a result, I have written extensively about how illogical God is. I felt this way because when I compared the God that I had been personally experiencing to the God that church had always told me about, there was a disconnect. The God I was always told about made sense, if you just understood the context of the Bible or the Greek/Hebrew root words, but the God I was following did not fit that mold. I had no doubt that He was directing me, because of the fruit that was coming from my life, but He asked me to do things that the God of church experience would never ask.

I believe I finally figured out why I was so confused. The following little exercise, comparing atheism to Christianity, helped me to see why I was so confused. This is simply my understanding of atheism and Christianity.

ATHEIST

Belief: There is no God

Actions in Life:

– Make schooling choices based on what will give you the best possible job opportunities.

– Make career choices based on what provides the most money and still allows time to enjoy life.

– Choose a spouse that agrees with your life goals.

– Pay off debt, save for kids college and retirement.

– Be as kind as you can, because you will reap what you sow (Karma).

– Give to charitable organizations (good karma).

CHRISTIAN

Belief: There is a God

Actions in Life:

– Make schooling choices based on what will give you the best possible job opportunities.

– Make career choices based on what provides the most money and still allows time to enjoy life.

– Choose a spouse that agrees with your life goals.

– Pay off debt, save for kids college and retirement.

– Be as kind as you can, because you will reap what you sow (Bible says so).

– Give to charitable organizations (Church says so).

– Attend church

When I compared the lives of Christians and atheists I realized that they were essentially the same. Their faith statements were different, but their actions were the same. As a result, I do not fault someone who elects to free up their Sundays and Wednesdays by changing their monicker from Christian to Atheist. The major challenges to a change of this nature are mental and social, not practical. In other words, since Christians and Atheists don’t mix, you will need to change the people that you interact with on a regular basis, but you will not need to change the fundamentals of how you live your life (see lists above). You will just need to overcome the mental (I could go to hell, etc) and the social (what will my friends/family say) obstacles and that is not easy. As a result, people rarely change their labels.

This challenged me to examine the God of the Bible more closely and without the rose colored glasses of religion. What I have found is that the God who led me to Tennessee and oversaw the destruction of my empire, is the same God that is in the Bible. He called Abraham to a land that he did not possess, told him he would have a child in his old age and then left him to wait. He gave Joseph a dream and then put him into an Egyptian prison for years. He called Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and then hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he would not let them go. He delivered the Israelites from Egypt and then wedged them between the Egyptians and the Red Sea. He anointed David King and then gave Saul an evil spirit that caused him to chase David into the caves like a rat.

Once I stopped comparing the God of Sunday church to the God I was following (seemingly to my doom!) and started comparing the God I was following to the God of the Bible, I realized what He is doing, in my life, follows a Biblical pattern. He had a plan and He looked for people brave, or crazy, enough to follow Him no matter what He does and He showed the world His power.

I could easily return to the Christian life and make my choices, as detailed in the Christian list above, but I have chosen to put my life in the hands of the God of the Bible. As a result, I am confident that He will continue the pattern, from the pages of scripture, and will show Himself powerful in my life. I am not interested in simply living a good Christian life, I am intent on living a life like the faithful from Hebrews chapter 11.

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4 thoughts on “God is Completely Logical”

    1. I am also an atheist and know the author personally. We get on quite well! He didn’t mean it in the strictest sense – just that serious Christians and atheists tend not to run in the same circles.

      I think the tension comes more from the Christians than from the atheists because it’s a little harder to offend an atheist. In spite of what the post says, atheism does not equal “belief that there is no God.” There is a difference between “I believe X is false” and “I do not believe X,” though it can seem like hair-splitting. The point is that it’s hard to take offense when someone pokes fun at your failure to be convinced by God arguments. It’s easy to be offended when someone pokes fun at your personal savior, etc.

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