You are correct. The type of proof many demand, is precisely what God will not provide. If He just appeared for all to see, the challenge and test is over. He wants to see who truly wants Him, who wants Him the most, and who only want Him when He is their last resort. This temporary world is a test and a trust. He...
Best answer: You are correct. The type of proof many demand, is precisely what God will not provide. If He just appeared for all to see, the challenge and test is over. He wants to see who truly wants Him, who wants Him the most, and who only want Him when He is their last resort. This temporary world is a test and a trust. He asks us to live honorably and help others, and most of us aim to do that.
There are endless hints and clues that suggest God is not only certain, but full of love and wonder and artwork.
I don't think atheists are bad people or much different than anyone else. Some have attitudes because they feel rejected by the church for unfair reasons.
I think it's just easier for an atheist to stick with what they've always done, than consider redefining their entire life. Imagine doing a complete u-turn, tearing down much of the life you've built, to start with a different foundation. It's scary. There is also the "freedom" of Godlessness, which seems to be better, especially when many others around you agree life is not restricted by God. At no other time in history has the atheist movement been so pervasive, even taking control of education and entertainment. It takes even a believer a while to realize God's rules are ultimate freedom, and not restrictive. They are guard rails that keep us safe, away from the quicksand and tarpits of human vulnerability. We are prone to addiction, greed, anger, selfishness, revenge, bitterness, pride and superiority, and trickery.... by nature. A foundation full of cracks. It is God that teaches us that in connecting to Him and His guidelines, we find His blessing, even the abundant life. We may fight for our right to party, but in the end we wish we'd not even had that option. We get so focused on breaking the rules we are blinded to what the straight path would have gained us over 20 or 30 years.
It can be a sanctuary to be an atheist these days. There's places to live with like minded people. There's plenty of positions in business and government and education. Entertainment and music is all acceptable. There's no boundaries. But it becomes empty and unfulfilling, and often dark. Things break down. Despite the strongest of efforts, time and time again, it's as though they can't quite get what they really want. Peace and satisfaction. Because ultimately, what we really want deep down comes from God. How frustrating it is to see other people blessed with wonderful families, careers, and overall lives... having little education, cleverness, or pedigree. Those things aren't required if they have God and His wisdom, and are faithful to Him. It's beautifully inclusive of all, mocking mankind's obsession with being so superior to other people. In superiority, they no longer value the lives of those they see beneath them.
God is so awesome, all you really need is Him. In Him, we have everything.
All we can do is love them, respect them, and pray for them. We must remember how we were when we didn't believe. We weren't ready and didn't want to hear it. They are God's property like any one of us, and He doesn't desire to lose any one of them.
It is of utmost importance every unbeliever realize God still wants them as much as anyone. They are always invited and welcome. It's never too late. Some give up hope. May nobody ever give up hope. God will always make a way for anyone who truly wants Him, realizing He is true, wanting what He has to offer.
May they all find Him. May they gain great blessings from Him. May they have great love, peace, and relationships in their lives. I think God allows them to become expert atheists, so they can better influence atheists. Just as C.S. Lewis did. If God wants to use them to do greater things that lifelong believers, so be it. God's desires reign supreme.