Sometimes atheists “get” Christianity more than many Christians do. I’ll give them that. Below is an example or two. But WHY do they care? I mean, come on! Using money to purchase adds on the sides of buses!? If I’m a godless heathen who is only here for a short while and then I’m dead meat, fit for maggots and beatles, why would I be wasting time trying to convince Christians (or anybody else) that they are wrong about anything? Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.
From a godless heathen’s blog: “If you really believe that God exists, wouldn’t you do everything you possibly could to praise and please him. The Bible sure thinks so, yet so many “Christians” take it only half way. They believe what they want to believe, and they ignore what they don’t. If they could only step back and see what is going on there, perhaps they would realize the paradox of their beliefs.”
And another from the same blog: “I know so many people who believe that the God of the Bible (which one?) actually exists, yet they break the 10 Commandments all the time. Honestly, if you believe this all knowing, all powerful, ever present being exists, then shouldn’t you be doing everything you can to do what he/she/it says?”
The blogger didn’t like the responses he/she had received, and condensed it down to this: “What it boils down to for me, again and again, is that the overwhelming majority of those who call themselves Christians do not behave as if their souls were at risk.”
I can’t speak for others, but the entire “problem” that this atheist sees can be boiled down to this answer, at least in my case. I’m a sinner saved by the blood of Jesus, not by my own “good works.” I still have a nature that inclines me toward sinning. Sometimes that nature is allowed to overwhelm my desire to do the right thing. Often, I know the right thing to do, but I am too lazy to do it. Or I try to rationalize why I am not doing the right thing, and why instead I am doing the wrong thing.
But here’s a clue, you atheists out there: Whether Christians do the right thing does not determine whether the Bible is true or not. 2 + 2 equals 4 whether I get it right on my elementary math quiz. The fact that these atheists are so concerned tells me either 1) they are trying to justify their own beliefs (see, I’m right because all Christians are hypocrites!) or 2) they are really interested and hoping to be convinced that they are wrong. Your salvation does not depend on other persons “doing the right thing.” It depends on God.
So, really, why do you atheists bother? You don’t have to fool me. Ask yourself, truly, “hmmm, waste time arguing about a God who does not exist, or watch the football game (or whatever it is that you do)? Which should I choose?” The answer seems simple to me.