A troll on a conservative Christian Facebook page vented is anger calling our God “mythical” and then saying, “There is no evidence that God exist.”
I will preface this by stating I was raised to be a scientist and mathemetician. My first chemistry set was at age 7. At age 9 or 10, my dad pointed to a table of textbooks in Spokane, Washington, and said, “You can pick any 5 and I will buy them so long as you read them.”
I took my scientist dad up on the offer. (My dad was a biologist specializing in entomology. He ended up spending his career teaching biology and chemistry.) One of the books was a high school mathematics book. Not only did I read it, but I also learned how to solve the problems.
Later, around age 11, he taught me how to figure out a genetic determinant. My entire childhood was surrounded by scientific discovery and mathematics. In college, I surpassed my dad in my knowledge of chemistry and mathematics and was soon tutoring him on things he would in turn teach his students.
Science was a way of life at home.
My response to the atheist who says there is no God is this…
If you say there is no evidence that God exists, then you aren’t looking, or you are unwilling to look at what is before you.
God has told us the following…
Ask and ye shall receive (Mark 11:24)
Ask and it shall be given (Matthew 7:7)
Knock and it shall be open unto you (Matthew 7:7)
Seek and ye shall find (Matthew 7:7)
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask… and it shall be given him (James 1:5)
Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (I John 2:3)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
Wait… what did that last one say? For they shall see God?
Just referencing those scriptures, the unbelieving needs to ask… Have I asked? Have I knocked (put forth effort)? Am I seeking? Do I keep God’s commandments? Am I pure in heart?
I can hear the response, “Why would I do that when I know that God isn’t real?”
My Next Response
I know that God is real, and he does listen when we ask, and he does answer. All of this requires effort. Christ has said, “If any man will do his will (i.e. keep the commandments), he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
You cannot “know” that God isn’t real, when God himself reveals himself to those who seek him. You can only choose not to believe he is real.
I can testify that God is real, but until you find out for yourself, you will never know.