by Gray Graham
One of the things that was surprising to me when I began blogging, podcasting, and social media engagement, was how many Atheist and agnostic followers I had. When talking to my fellow Christians they were always shocked by the comments my posts attracted. A common response I got was why did I believed in God when I appeared to be such a smart guy.
The world we live in today is a much different one than the one I grew up. Belief in God across religions has declined. The new generation has no use for God and that has left them with a hole in their being whether they admit it or not.
Most of the people I encounter online that say they do not believe in God were former members of the church. Often their families are still devout Christians. An alarming number of them are former Catholics, but that is something to discuss at another time.
The Atheists I know share the similar experiences when it comes to life and religion. They have read a book by Richard Dawkins or other intellectual atheists. Believing in God is Scientists have known for years that the human brain has a part that is programmed to believe in God or something that transcends the physical. It is this part of our brains that allow people to become dedicated fans or join a cult. Once this part of the brain is reached then the person becomes a dedicated follower. most childish thing an adult could do. You will often see belief in God compared to Santa Claus.
The thing that surprises many of my Christian colleagues is that while Atheists do not believe in God, Jesus is often the person that many of them seek to intimidate in their lives. He is often cited as the driving force behind their social justice activities.
So while they no longer believe in God, they still believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. This is why you see a lot of liberals working for things like civil rights, feeding the hunger, health care, and protecting children.
This is in contrast to the people I often write about that say they believe in God and accept Jesus Christ as their savior but never actually live their lives in a way that says that they believe in God or accept Jesus Christ as their savior.
We know that human beings need to believe in something bigger than themselves. The Holy Spirit is with us at all times whether we know it or not. This is why good people are driven and compelled to still help others.
You might have noticed that many Atheists live their lives subscribing to big ideas and dreams. Many believe that humans are capable of doing great things out of love for others but they forget without God those things are hollow. Removing God from the work of Jesus completely misses his ministry.
Many of the great leaders that Atheists admire were also men of God such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Pope Francis who inspire something special in people and show the world the love of God through both their message and their work.
The thing that people forget is that no amount of good deeds will ever replace God for He is so much more than our concept of good. He transcends the pain and suffering we endure in our lives that cause many of us to no follow Him. We often forget that God believes in us even if we do not believe in Him. He is always with us and he always guides us in life whether we are aware of it or not. The love of God is the only thing that will make us complete and give us the peace that some many seek.