All scripture contained in this podcast is from the King James Bible (Authorized Version)
March 17, 2022

Why I Am Not An Atheist (10 Reasons)


An atheist believes that there is no God. Are there any reasons that a person would not be an atheist? Isn't in believing in God just a belief system without any real solid reasoning behind it? Are you an atheist? Do you know someone who claims to be an atheist? Listen as Preacher Bruce Varner gives ten solid reasons why he is not an atheist. 

Transcript

 Why I'm Not an Atheist

Text: James 2:19 (KJB) "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."

  1. Doesn’t Say, they believe in Jesus Christ.
  2. Says, the devils believe in God.
  3. Believing in God is not the eternal issue.

First I want to say that believing in god is not THE ETERNAL ISSUE. 

Don’t misunderstand. Believing in God is a step in the right direction. But the eternal issue is not whether you’re a Theist, Deist, Mono-Theist or Atheist (Polytheist, Pantheist, Agno-theist, Non-Theist). If a Christian Apologist proved there is a God to ten million people, it wouldn't save one of them. God didn't commission disciples to prove or argue He exists, He commanded them to preach the Gospel. You can be a MonoTheist, Deist, or Theist and still wind up in Hell. People who believe in God will wind up in Hell just like people who don’t believe in God. Believing in god is not THE ETERNAL ISSUE. The eternal issue is whether or not a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.

John 6:29 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. 

John 3:18 (KJV) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 

John 6:47 (KJV), Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 

John 12:44 (KJV) Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. (Faith in Jesus Christ, is faith in the right God.)

  • Saving faith is faith in and on the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  • Belief in Mary can’t save anyone. Belief in Saint So-and-So can’t save anyone.
  • Belief in the apostle’s creed can’t save anyone.
  • Belief in “sacraments and rituals” can’t save anyone.
  • Belief in God can’t save you from Hell. 

James 2:19 (KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

The eternal issue is belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Paul and Silas)

Acts 16:30, 31 (KJV) And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Cornelius believed in God (Acts 10:2; 11:14), but he needed to be saved. 

  • He believed in God
  • He feared God
  • He prayed always
  • He gave alms
  • He was a devout man

But he was lost; he was unsaved in the New Testament sense.
Acts 11:14 (KJV) Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.

HE found out His religion couldn’t save him. His goodness couldn’t save him. His faith in God couldn’t save him. He needed faith in Jesus Christ.

Acts 11:17 (KJV) Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?

 This is why the King James Bible is a problem for professing Christians. Because the Bible doesn’t teach what their religion teaches, or the Bible doesn’t teach what they’ve been led to believe. (Other versions change, remove, or add words that alter meaning.) And this is also why the Bible-believing preacher or teacher is a problem to contemporary American society. Because many times their teaching or preaching exposes contemporary Christianity as false or as teaching falsehood. This is why Bible believing Christians should reject state religion even Christian State churches. State religion will silence opposition and criticism. 

So, to recap: Scripturally speaking, the eternal issue is not Atheism or Theism or Deism. The eternal issue is not belief in Mary, the Roman Church, so-called sacraments, rituals, prayers, or works of self-righteousness.  The eternal issue is faith in JESUS CHRIST THE LORD.

 Second. I don’t believe that people can be argued into faith. 
Arguments can’t create faith in the heart. people can’t be argued into faith. Images can’t produce faith. Moving images (Screen depictions of deities) can’t produce faith.

  • Romans 10:17 (KJV) Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. 
  • John 4:41 (KJV) And many more believed because of his own word.
  • I Peter 1:23 (KJV) Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
  • James 1:21 (KJV) Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
  • Mark 4:14 (KJV) The sower soweth the word.
  • Luke 8:11 (KJV) Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 
  •  Luke 8:12 (KJV) Those by the wayside are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.

  People can’t be argued into faith. God gives faith. the word produces faith.

 Then why in the world am I talking about my subject? 

-Testimony.
1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Why do we believe what we believe? 

-Witness.
Acts 1:8 (KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 

Attempting to be a witness. We all attempt to witness in different ways. This is an attempt to witness to Atheists, Theists, and Deists. Theism or Deism isn’t enough. Atheism is faith.

-To demonstrate thinking.
Matthew 18:12 (KJV) How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?Matthew 21:28 (KJV) But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work today in my vineyard. 

  • The objective is to expose people to thinking critically about their own assumptions or beliefs.
  • I hope to get you to analyze your own biases, prejudices, and thinking.
  • God is interested in the content of our thoughts and the process of our thinking.

-Preaching.
Acts 17:2 (KJV) And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures….  
I’m trying to preach Jesus Christ to you. Trying to help you get to Calvary.


10 Reasons Why I Am Not an Atheist

1. I don’t have enough faith. (It takes an incredible amount of faith to believe in Atheism.)

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
 
People believe one of two things about God. People believe God is or God isn’t. People believe there is a God or there’s not a God. Both positions require faith. God gives every person faith. Some people place their faith in the right object. Some people place their faith in the wrong object. Some place their faith in church, ritual, profession, creed, sacrament, “God,” or “no God.” Some people place their faith in and on (resting on) the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are no unbelievers in the world. Everyone will die a believer in one thing or another. Which requires more faith, to believe that rocks created themselves or that God created rocks? (That everything just happened by accident or coincidence?) (That everything just happened.) Which takes more faith to believe that your shoes made themselves or that someone made your shoes? 

2. Atheism doesn’t make sense to me. It’s not reasonable.

Isaiah 1:18 (KJV)
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

God is reasonable. God wants to reason with people. God wants to reason with you. Does disorder produce order? If you walk into a room and find 52 numbered blocks lined up in numerical order, which is more reasonable to conclude? That the blocks were ordered this way by someone? Or that the blocks moved themselves into order? Order has intelligence behind it. Mind. Originator is a reasonable belief to me. Reason means a sufficient ground of explanation.  

3. Atheism implies amorality. Atheism implies there are no moral rights or wrongs.

Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: If there is “no God,” 

There is no basis of right and wrong, good, and evil, and it implies there is no one to whom anyone will give account. It implies that there are no standards of conduct and no one to whom man will be accountable. If man is the product of nothing and no God, the implications are there is no restraint on our actions, nothing is good or bad; nothing is evil or sin, nothing is better or worse. Life’s a free for all!

4. Atheism has no benefits, it doesn’t offer me anything.

Romans 15:13 (KJV)
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Heaven, forgiveness, relief from sorrow, purpose in suffering, eternal life and new heavens and earth are all benefits that are offered by faith IN JESUS CHRIST.What does Atheism offer? I’m selfish, utilitarian, and practical. We all are! What does Atheism offer? The Bible says,

John 3:36 (KJV) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. I want everlasting life. I don’t want the wrath of God abiding on me. 

 5. Atheism is “unscientific.” It’s another belief. Atheism trades one belief for another. Not demonstrable.

 Four possible causes or explanations of the universe or existence.

  1. Always been here. (Contradicts laws of physics; 2nd law of thermo dynamics; Entropy.)
  2. Popped out of nowhere naturally (Contradicts laws of physics; 1st law of thermo dynamics.)
  3. Popped out of nowhere supernaturally. (Doesn’t contradict law.)
  4. It’s not here.

1 Timothy 6:20 (KJV) O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:
 
The propositions: 

  • There is no God. 
  • God didn’t create and come to redeem man.

“Unfalsifiable.”  (“Unfalsifiable” is a “ten-dollar” word and litmus test of “Science.”)

 6. Atheism is a “crutch.”

Atheists insist faith in God is a crutch. Everything is a crutch. It all depends on what we need relief from. I don’t need relief from God, Heaven, Hell, Judgment, Sin, and Death. I’m not trying to escape from reality—the reality of these things. An Atheist is motivated.

Romans 1:28 (KJV) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. 

Atheism assures its faithful that there is No God. No Bible (revelation). No Sin. No Judgment. No guilt. No punishment. No Hell. This is a comfort and “crutch” to an impenitent sinner. You must admit this is a convenient philosophy. It is by design. The belief is intentional. 

7. Atheism postulates the highly improbable. (Claims as true. Assumes true.) Atheism preaches a lie.

Atheism claims as true something that although possible is highly improbable. 

  • What does Atheism claim as true that is highly improbable? The idea that everything (all matter and life forms) spontaneously developed (evolved without any intelligent creator or direction) over billions of years. If there is no God, then all animals and all life had to spontaneously arise or develop abruptly or over time. 
  • Genesis 1:11 (KJV) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
  • Genesis 1:21 (KJV) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 
  • Matthew 7:16 (KJV) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Spontaneous development of birds, fish, insects, and animals might have happened, but what is the likelihood or probability? Atheism doesn’t approach this question…Atheism postulates (claims as true) that it happened. Period.

  1. To do this is misrepresentative. 
  2. Also, to do this is foolish. (Betting against the odds.) 

To claim something is true that is only a possibility (and one that carries a high degree of improbability at that) is misrepresentation. To confirm as true something that is false, is deception or lying. This is dishonest. (Unless you identify that you have faith in whatever.)

If something is highly improbable but relied upon as true or presented as true (and/or probable) to others, is foolish. It’s like betting against the odds.  

  • Animals, birds, fish, etc. are becoming extinct over time.  (Everything observable reflects order. Order is manifestation of intelligence.)

8. Atheism Presumes the impossible. (Supposes to be true.)

According to modern dictums or “laws of science,":

  1. Energy or matter cannot be created now naturally. It can change form but cannot be created naturally.
  2. The past is be judged by the present. What happened then happens now.
  3. Life only emanates from life.
  4. Inanimate matter does not naturally produce life NOW. 

ATHEISM SUPPOSES TO BE TRUE, that life spontaneously arose from matter. So, I say, it makes more sense, to me, to believe that for life to originate it required intervention, i.e. God. 

Where does life come from? Genesis 1:20 (KJV) And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 

The Atheist believes (supposes) that life spontaneously generated out of inanimate matter. 

9. Atheism deifies nature. Atheism simply makes matter God. Nature is worshipped instead of God.

Atheism is simply trading one God for another. It is simply saying that God didn’t create, Nature did. This idea falls back on the question, Do I believe that Rocks have brains? That trees, can think? Doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t have enough faith.

  • Romans 1:25 (KJV) Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. In the beginning God created is simply altered to in the beginning matter created. This belief raises matter to the level of “God.” (Pantheism; Animism)

10. Atheism destroys human hope.

  • 2 Peter 3:13 (KJV) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
  • John 14:2 (KJV) In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
  • Ephesians 4:32 (KJV) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
  • John 10:28 (KJV) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
  • Revelation 21:4 (KJV) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Atheism steals the hope of Heaven, forgiveness, relief from sorrow, purpose for suffering, eternal life and the new heavens and earth. Atheism reduces life to purposelessness and ultimately suffering. No thanks. I’ll take Jesus. Repent and believe the gospel. Here’s how- http://www.bbfchurch.net/free-gift-17 Man wants to know that someday the suffering, death, sin, rebellion, war, deception is going to end, and things will be made right. Jesus Christ and faith in Jesus Christ will do this.

 Recap:

1. I don’t have enough faith. (It takes an incredible amount of faith to believe in Atheism.)

2. Atheism doesn’t make sense to me. It’s not reasonable.

3. Atheism implies amorality. atheism implies there are no moral rights or wrongs.

4. Atheism has no benefits. doesn’t offer me anything.

5. Atheism is “unscientific.” – It’s just another belief. Atheism trades one belief for another.

6. Atheism is a “crutch.”

7. Atheism postulates the highly improbable. (Claims as true. Assumes true.) 

8. Atheism Presumes the impossible. ATHEISM SUPPOSES TO BE TRUE, that life spontaneously arose from matter.

9. atheism deifies nature. Atheism simply makes matter God. Nature is worshipped instead of God.

10. Atheism destroys human hope.

Conclusion: What should you do?

Repent of intellectual pride, human wisdom, false beliefs and believe what the Bible says about sin, sinners, and salvation. Repent of Atheism and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Psalm 14:1 (KJV) The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

James 2:19 (KJV) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

1 Thessalonians 4:5 (KJV) Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

Romans 1:28 (KJV) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Acts 17:23 (KJV) For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

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Pastor Bruce Varner is a Bible-believing pastor who loves the Lord and aspires to be faithful to God’s word (AV 1611). He has pastored for 28 years in Upstate New York. He is currently between ministries and he and his family are living in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. He was saved when he was 18 under the direct ministry of Pastors James Modlish, Charles Perkins, and Peter Ruckman Sr.  While open air preaching at East High Stadium on December 24, 1979, he sensed God’s calling to learn the Bible. He attended Bible classes and was trained for the ministry in and through the local church ministry of the Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. His training Pastors were Peter S. Ruckman and James McGaughey. He graduated from the Pensacola Bible Institute in 1983. Pastor Varner and Samantha Thomas married in 1992. He and his wife have one son, Nicolas Evan Varner. Pastor Varner is available for meetings In North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia.

Pastor Varner is available to you, should you need spiritual help. Email: pastorv@lightlink.com Cell: 607-216-2586