Atheists often like to give the impression that they hold the rights to reason and rational dialogue because they reject the existence of God. Don’t be fooled by them. Atheism is an irrational conclusion on many levels.
1. The atheist must suppress the demands of logic:
He is like the man who finds an encyclopedia lying in the woods and refuses to believe it is the product of intelligent design. Everything about the book suggests intelligent cause. But, if he accepted such a possibility, he might be forced to conclude that living creatures composed of millions of DNA-controlled cells (each cell containing the amount of information in an encyclopedia) have an intelligent cause. His bias against God will not allow him to accept this.
2. The atheist has to believe in miracles without believing in God:
Why? Well, one law that nature seems to obey is this: whatever begins to exist is caused to exist. The atheist knows that the universe began to exist and since the universe is, according to the atheist, all there is, the very existence of the universe seems to be a colossal violation of the laws of nature (i.e., a miracle). It’s hard to believe in miracles without God. (Note: As for the question: “Who created God?” It would be like asking, “What does blue smell like?” The categorical cross over is irrational).
3. The atheist must suppress claims of morality:
How do we move from the “is” of the natural world to the “ought” of ethics? Naturalism doesn’t inspire confidence that we really have duties and that we ought to be virtuous.
The atheist is not logically able to promote any quality as morally superior to another. To make such claims would require an absolute standard of goodness and duty. The atheist can offer his preferences, but he has no basis for claims of moral superiority for them. The moment an atheist proclaims peace as better than war, or love better than hate, he must answer the “Says Whom?” question. If morality is not established by a transcendent source of authority to whom all people must answer, it cannot be more than alternative choices of personal preference. The atheist is stuck believing that morality has no real claim on you or anyone else.
4. The atheist must conclude that evil is an illusion:
For there to be evil, there must also be some real, objective standard of right and wrong. But if the physical universe is all there is, there can be no such standard (How could arrangements of matter and energy make judgments about good and evil true?). So, there are no real evils, just violations of human customs or conventions. How hard it would be to think of murderers as merely having bad manners.
5. The atheist must deny validity to historical evidence:
If he accepted the standard rules for testing the truth claims of historical documents, he would be forced to accept the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The account of Jesus’ resurrection is strongly validated by standard rules for judging historical accuracy. The extensive manuscript evidence of eyewitnesses to the resurrection is presented in an unbiased, authentic manner. It is the atheist’s anti-supernatural bias that keeps him from allowing history to prove anything.
6. The atheist must admit that human beings are not importantly different from other animals:
According to the atheist, we are simply the result of blind chance operating on the primordial ooze, and differing from animals by only a few genes. Yet, the wonders of human achievement and the moral dignity we ascribe to human beings just do not fit with the claim that we are no different than the animals. The realities of human creativity, love, reason, and moral value seem to indicate that humans are creatures uniquely made in the image of God.
The atheist’s problem with belief in God is not an absence of evidence but suppression of it. Many atheists hold their views as much or more on the basis of such wish fulfillment than on the basis of any reasoning or evidence. See: I hope there is no God
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” (Romans 1:20-22).