Atheism is the absence of belief in the existence of God (or gods). Many atheists claim that there is no evidence of God but they are wrong.
The advertisement by atheists shows their real motive – that is to enjoy life in sin. In this post we will see how anyone can find God for themselves and get His response directly.
Understand your motives
The most important point in finding God is to know your motives. Are you truly willing to seek God with a genuine doubt of His existence (or) have you made up your mind not to believe in Him?
The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe. And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”John 20:25-27
As we can see with the case of Thomas, every atheist must understand that God is not against genuine doubters. In fact, He is actually willing to clear doubts as long as they are genuine.
THE fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. … There they are in great fear, For God is with the generation of the righteous.Ps 14:1,5
Scriptures accuses atheists of being corrupt and doing abominable works and they deny the existence of God, so that they don’t have to be in fear of being accountable of their corrupt or abominable works to Him. It is extremely important that an atheist must not have this kind of motive for being an atheist, that is, desperately denying God to continue in sin and iniquity.
When your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work.Ps 95:9
He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. Yet they tested and provoked the Most High God, And did not keep His testimonies,Ps 78:55-56
There is a wrong perspective among Christians that no one can test God. While Christians who had seen His work in their lives cannot test Him, that is not the case with many unbelievers who want to know if God of the Bible truly exists. God Himself gave signs to Moses to prove His existence.
Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, When Pharaoh speaks to you, saying, ‘Show a miracle for yourselves,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your rod and cast it before Pharaoh, and let it become a serpent.’ So Moses and Aaron went in to Pharaoh, and they did so, just as the LORD commanded. And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent.Exod 7:8-10
As we can see in the story of Exodus, God is more than willing to prove His existence to any atheists and unbelievers out there.
Then he said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me.Judg 6:17
Gideon story is full of testing God. Gideon first tested if the person talking to him was an Angel of the LORD.
So Gideon said to God, “If You will save Israel by my hand as You have said– “look, I shall put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there is dew on the fleece only, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that You will save Israel by my hand, as You have said.” And it was so. When he rose early the next morning and squeezed the fleece together, he wrung the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of water. Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me, but let me speak just once more: Let me test, I pray, just once more with the fleece; let it now be dry only on the fleece, but on all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night. It was dry on the fleece only, but there was dew on all the ground.Judg 6:36-40
Then, Gideon tested God with two other tests. God was never angry with
Gideon for all his tests.
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’ And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.”Luke 10:25-28
Jesus was never angry when a lawyer tested Him. Hence, it is important to understand that God allows those who have genuine doubts to test Him. This includes atheists too. However, if a Christian who had seen the works of God in their life and then testing Him to satisfy his/her personal desires will be punished.
Getting God’s Response
Once the motives are right with genuine doubts, the next step is to get a response directly from God. Getting a response from any nation’s leader is extremely difficult. E.g, let’s see if we can get a response from the prime minister of Australia.
While all items of correspondence are read and carefully considered, not all items will receive a response.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm
There are specific protocols for contacting the prime minister outlined in the website. No one can make the prime minister of Australia to send a response for our letter. If this is the case for leaders of each country, which are insignificant on the grand scale of the universe, how much more should we carefully consider and follow the protocol to get a response from the Creator of the universe? While every section below deals with getting a response from God, but not all applies to atheists.
You cannot get a response if you are evil
When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts? Bring no more futile sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies– I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.Isa 1:12-17
The first rule for an atheist (or anyone) to get a proper response from God is to stop doing iniquity, cleanse themselves by being holy, start doing good and seek justice. etc. In other words, if anyone’s prayer needs to be considered by God, they must be willing to depart from evil and learn to do good.
If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear.Ps 66:18
God will not hear anyone who regard iniquity in heart.
You cannot get a response if your request is public
And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.Matt 6:5-7
Jesus taught a lot about prayer. He doesn’t want your prayers to God as a show to others. In other words, He is not going to respond to any open letters, public requests or repeating the same points.
You cannot get a response if you don’t believe who He is
God doesn’t want to treat Him like a tree and speak.
A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? … Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, And the LORD listened and heard them;Mal 1:6, 3:16a
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.Heb 11:6
Atheists must understand that if they want to ever get a response from God, they must first believe that it is God they are talking to. If someone talks to me but don’t believe that it is me, do I bother responding to them? The same is with God.
You cannot get a response if you are currently being punished by God
For thus says the LORD: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.Jer 29:10-14
Many live a life of iniquity but when they are punished with trouble or sickness etc., they come before God to remove their trouble. As we can see God’s response to the exiled Israel, they must seek the good of their masters until their time of punishment of seventy years is over. Only after that, God will hear their prayers and listen to them.
You cannot get a response if you disobey Him
And the LORD said to me, ‘Tell them, “Do not go up nor fight, for I am not among you; lest you be defeated before your enemies. So I spoke to you; yet you would not listen, but rebelled against the command of the LORD, and presumptuously went up into the mountain. And the Amorites who dwelt in that mountain came out against you and chased you as bees do, and drove you back from Seir to Hormah. Then you returned and wept before the LORD, but the LORD would not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.Deut 1:42-45
God will not listen to your prayers or give a response if you disobey Him.
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD did not answer him, either by dreams or by Urim or by the prophets. …. “Because you did not obey the voice of the LORD nor execute His fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore the LORD has done this thing to you this day.1 Sam 28:6,18
We can clearly see how God does not respond to Saul because he did not obey the voice of the LORD.
God’s response and the evidence of His existence to individuals are very personal and not for others. In my case, I want a secret known only to me which is not known to anyone to come from the mouth of prophets who claim to speak on God’s behalf. God went even further giving very specifics only known to me. As you can see, the evidence is only for me and myself and is not for others and cannot be presented as evidence of His existence to anyone. God speaks directly to people where the response is only for them. He is happy to clear doubts of all people including atheists, so that they can truly follow Him and receive eternal life.