By Natasha Crain
Do Your Kids Know Why They Should WANT God to Exist?
I’ve written over 250 blog posts here since 2011. People still come across my old posts by searching for something on Google, so nearly every day I receive new comments on a wide variety of old posts. Many of the comments are from atheists.
As I read the latest comments this week, I noticed a running theme.
The vast majority of atheists who comment here don’t seem to want God to exist.
They talk about the “freedom” of no longer believing in God, how nice it is to be self-reliant, how great it feels to get rid of guilt, how they’ve found more meaning in life without God, how they can better enjoy all that life has to offer, how the world will be a better place when religion is gone, and so on.
If I saw God—and a godless existence—in the way most of these commenters do, I wouldn’t want to believe He exists either.
But I don’t think those who prefer the atheistic picture of reality have given it enough thought; no one should want atheism to be true if we really draw out the implications of what that means for our existence. If people considered that more deeply, I think there would be more atheists saying, “I sure wish God existed, but there just isn’t enough evidence!” rather than, “There’s no evidence for God…and that sure is great!”
To be clear, wanting something to be true doesn’t make it true. But this isn’t a post about the evidence for the truth of any one worldview. This is a post about appropriately understanding the logical implications of a worldview.
With more than 60 percent of young adults rejecting their Christian faith today, and many becoming atheists, I have to wonder how many did so thinking atheism was actually more attractive…and not understanding these implications.
As parents, we should not only show our kids why there’s good reason to believe God exists, but why they should be thrilled that He does.
Let’s see what reality would look like in a world without God. continue reading
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