Have you ever wondered why Atheists love to play word games? They spend a great deal of time and energy trying to convince the world that they are NOT MAKING A TRUTH claim or statement, when they say there are no gods.
They LOVE to say this, almost to the point of annoyance (OK very far past that point) but what they are doing is JUST that. First, to get to the bottom of this, we have to define what a TRUTH claim or statement means. Here is one definition:
“A truth claim is a proposition or statement that a particular person or belief system holds to be true.”
Another way I might phrase it, if a question can be answered with either a TRUE or FALSE answer, and you hold the TRUE position, then by golly you have made a truth statement. Now let’s apply this to Atheism:
God Does Not Exist. This is either a TRUE of FALSE statement. We may not be able to ascertain the answer, but there cannot be a third option. Or the question, Does God Exist? Is either YES or NO (TRUE or FALSE) again there is no third option.
This is how the American Atheists website likes to play gymnastics with this topic:
Atheism is not an affirmative belief that there is no god nor does it answer any other question about what a person believes. It is simply a rejection of the assertion that there are gods. Atheism is too often defined incorrectly as a belief system. To be clear: Atheism is not a disbelief in gods or a denial of gods; it is a lack of belief in gods.
Older dictionaries define atheism as “a belief that there is no God.” Clearly, theistic influence taints these definitions. The fact that dictionaries define Atheism as “there is no God” betrays the (mono)theistic influence. Without the (mono)theistic influence, the definition would at least read “there are no gods.”
Read that second line again. It is the REJECTION of the ASSERTION that there are gods. So if I say to the American Atheists… Jesus is God. They REJECT that, which means they say NO he is not. They don’t say, well maybe… or the verdict is still out. They flat out say, NO he is not. Beyond the God of the Bible, they flat out reject the existence of ANY gods. So the first line in their statement is PATENTLY false. They hold an AFFIRMATIVE BELIEF (a statement of agreement with an assertion) that there are no gods, because they flat out reject the contrary.
In the second paragraph they claim the dictionary definition is tainted. Let me ask you a question, if Atheists DO NOT believe there is no god… why are these Billboards popping up across the country???
So we KNOW Atheists love to play this game, but why?
The answer can be found above… from the American Atheist website where they state… “Atheism is too often defined incorrectly as a belief system.”
Atheists ARE desperate to avoid atheism being classified as a belief system (which it most certainly is). Do you believe there is no God? Yes? That is a belief system. Just like if you ask me… do I believe leprechauns exist? No I do not. Therefore I BELIEVE that leprechauns do not exist. If one jumps out of my closet I am free to change my beliefs. But I am not free to deny I have a belief in the first place.
So what is the root cause of atheists desperately trying to avoid this label? They don’t want to deal with what FOLLOWS. You see to have a belief in something you cannot prove one way or another… requires FAITH, and they hate that word. They want the religious to carry that banner all alone because they see it as our biggest weakness.
As a man who once called himself an atheist/agnostic and now calls himself a Christian I have had faith all my life, those that claim otherwise… well maybe they are just in denial, or perhaps, as with the American Atheists they have a well orchestrated agenda.