Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6:15
I’ve shaken my fist in anger at stalled cars, storm clouds, and incompetent meteorologists. I’ve even, on one terrible day that included a flat tire, a blaring tornado warning siren, and a horribly wrong weather forecast, shouted at all three at once. I’ve fumed at furniture, cursed at crossing guards, and held a grudge against Gun Barrel City, Texas. OK, before you write me letters, not really. But you get the point that we’ve all been mad at just about anything you can imagine at some time. Except unicorns. It’s unlikely you’ve ever been angry at unicorns either.
We can become incensed by objects and creations both animate and inanimate. We can even, in a limited sense, be bothered by the fanciful characters in books and dreams. But creatures like unicorns that don’t exist, that we truly believe not to exist, tend not to raise our ire. We certainly don’t blame the one horned creatures for our problems. The one social group that takes exception to this rule is atheists. They claim to believe that God does not exist and yet, according to empirical studies, tend to be the people most angry at him.
Why such anger? How can people be so angry with God if they do not even believe in His existence? And why would the most angry among them feel so compelled to preach their anti-God religion with such evangelistic zeal?
It’s impossible for me to explain why the New Atheists are angry at God. Is it because the number of Christians is increasing while the number of atheists is decreasing? Because several of their advocates are abandoning them? Is it because they are not swaying the mainstream with their arguments? I wonder if the screaming voice of the New Atheists may indicate the presence of a conflict within themselves between belief and their unbelief. Maybe they’re angry because their reasoning is discrediting them? Or simply attrition diminishing them leaving the remainder angry? Whatever the reason, their aggressiveness is defining them.
I don’t know. I don’t understand the hearts of these angry atheists. Today’s vocal crop of atheists has ramped up the volume of their attack on religion that we see going on around the world. We’ve always had atheists, and we always will until the Lord comes again. But the shrill scream of today’s atheists is nothing like the more respectful opposition to belief we’ve seen in the past.
I never thought I’d see the day when atheists would so openly and viciously attack Christians, abandoning rational argument and descending into toxic vitriol and groundless accusation. But that day has come.
We have overwhelming evidence for the existence of God, and the historical life of Jesus on earth. Yet all this evidence leaves in our hearts a place that requires faith in order to come to full belief to eradicate anger. Anger takes energy to maintain.
Seek after God, and wait as God’s will becomes clear to you. And you shall know the truth, let go of your anger, and the truth shall make you free.