atheist and christian
“The question of whether there exists a Creator and Ruler of the Universe has been answered in the affirmative by some of the highest intellects that have ever existed.”
–Charles Darwin, the founder of evolutionary biology, as cited in his book Descent of Man.
Assuming that there is a God—ask many atheists—which God is the right God? It will come as a surprise to many that the Judeo/Christian concept of God is actually much more than just a Judeo/Christian concept. Rather, it is an utterly trans-cultural and trans-historical concept. Further, God’s self-sacrifice on the cross is mentioned in many more places than just the Christian Bible. The Hindu scriptures known as the Upanishads and Vedas, ancient Chinese historical documents, and the Old Testament of the Bible (as well as other sources) provide references to God’s self-sacrifice which are extraneous to the Christian New Testament.
God makes his existence known, but does not force himself upon anyone.
The Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe (which enjoys near universal acceptance among astrophysicists) poses a grave threat to atheism. Astrophysicist Christopher Isham puts it best:
“Perhaps the best argument in favor of the thesis that the Big Bang supports theism is the obvious unease with which it is greeted by some atheist physicists. At times this has led to scientific ideas, such as continuous creation or an oscillating universe, being advanced with a tenacity which so exceeds their intrinsic worth that one can only suspect the operation of psychological forces lying very much deeper than the usual desire of a theorist to support his or her theory.”
If God loves us so much, why isn’t life just sunshine and lollipops? Why must we suffer? Answer: Our suffering is the consequence of our own evil.
In thousands of near-death experience (NDE) testimonies, individuals report having “come face-to-face with a personal God with whom they continue to maintain a loving relationship,” as the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) puts it. And, as Patrick Glynn notes in his book God: The Evidence, “the majority of researchers who have investigated the [near-death experience] phenomenon, generally professionals with medical, psychological, or other scientific training—many of whom started out as skeptics—have concluded that these experiences are authentic.”