4 Reasons People Don’t Believe in God
Recently during family devotions, I was teaching my children Bible truths concerning creation. We paused for a moment, and I asked, “Did you know that there are some people who don’t believe in God?” They were stunned. Questions flew as they tried to wrap their minds around the idea. I explained that some people don’t believe in God. Such individuals profess atheism, and they often believe in a process called evolution. There are also some who believe our current condition came into being as a result of alien life forms or other outside agents. Though recent surveys reveal that the majority of Americans believe in God, there are still many who hold to the ideas of atheism. Perhaps you have a friend, family member, or neighbor who professes disbelief. On numerous occasions, I have dialogued with such individuals. I have found that there are four reasons many don’t believe in God.
Many reject God because they blindly believe what they were taught in school. They assume “science” must be right and the Bible must be wrong. Sure, evolution does take place on small scales (microevolution), but it is illogical to believe that it can take place on a large scale (macroevolution). Newton’s second law of thermodynamics (the reality that the universe is in a state of decline), as well as the theory of irreducible complexity (the idea that some created things are too complex to have evolved), show that macroevolution is impossible. The debate between evolution and creation isn’t an issue of science vs. faith, but of bad science vs. good science. The Psalmist spoke of the intellectual foolishness associated with atheism, saying, “The fool says in his heart, ‘God does not exist’” (Psalm 14:1).
Some people don’t believe in God because they simply don’t want to. They disdain the idea of being morally accountable to anyone, including God. I once heard a prominent atheist in a debate. When presented with irrefutable facts, he yelled, “I don’t care what you say, I don’t want anyone telling me how to live!” His reply revealed the real reason for his rejection of God. Paul described the way in which some people suppress the truth because of their sin (Romans 1:18).
A great number shut down towards God because they have had a negative experience with religion. My heart goes out to such people. I once shared the gospel with a woman who had been abused by her father during childhood. The man had been a deacon in a Baptist church. She sobbed as she said, “I can’t believe in God, because I can’t get over what happened to me.”
At the end of the day, many don’t believe in God because of Satan’s strategies of spiritual warfare. The Bible says, he “has blinded the minds of the unbelievers so they cannot see the light” (2 Corinthians 4:4). There is a cosmic battle going on behind the scenes of humanity for the hearts and minds of all people, and Satan is stealing many souls from salvation through his demonically inspired philosophy of macroevolution.
Dr. Patrick Latham