Response to an aetheist – I


I read an article the other day, Ricky Gervais, Why I’m an Aetheist. I can’t verify whether Ricky Gervais actually wrote the post, but regardless, I can recommend it. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a calm and balanced proclamation of “non-faith”. Usually people spew a lot of anger and bible verses taken out of context. Basically they’re looking for a fight. In this blog post Ricky (let’s just assume for now that it really is him) points out why he doesn’t believe in a god. I feel the urge to answer. Not to fight or convert, just to answer and give the other side of arguments I’ve heard so many times before. So here is “Why I do believe in the God that created everything and sent Jesus to make a way for us to have a relationship with him.”

Ricky repeats some arguments throughout the article, so I’ll just address the themes I’ve recognised. There’s a lot to discuss so I’ve broken it up into two posts. I know I can’t cover every nook of every argument .

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Why? Answer: Why?


A few years ago, I had the honour of experiencing one of my nephews in arguably the most awesome phase of life, the Why phase. It didn’t matter what the conversation was about, it would always be interrupted with a “Why?”. Typically, some adult would give an appropriate answer, which would be followed by another wide-eyed “Why?”.  After about five or six answers and more “Why’s” you come to the limit of your accumulated  knowledge and realize that you really don’t know that much after all. Eventually you come up with a random answer that will end the conversation.

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Out with the old, in with the new


I’m reading the book of Jeremiah at the moment. Oh boy, what a lot to take in. A short synopsis: Israel has turned away from God and he sends the Assyrians to invade and destroy the land and take the people away as slaves. It has the potential to be a very depressing read – war, death, suffering, wailing, crying, idolatry… And this young guy, Jeremiah, is stuck right in the middle, the messenger to a crowd, hell-bent on doing everything but what God wants for them.

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