Atheism and hatred of God
Theophobia is a "morbid fear or hatred of God".
|“|| People unaffiliated with organized religion, atheists and agnostics also report anger toward God either in the past, or anger focused on a hypothetical image - that is, what they imagined God might be like - said lead study author Julie Exline, Case Western Reserve University psychologist.
In studies on college students, atheists and agnostics reported more anger at God during their lifetimes than believers.
In debates with atheists, the popular Christian YouTube video maker Shockofgod often asks atheists the loaded question, "Is God evil?". Invariably, so-called atheists quickly say yes. Then Shockofgod informs the "atheists" that they admitted that God exists. Shockofgod also declares that Christians never accuse leprechauns of being evil because they know they don't exist. See also: Denials that atheists exist and Atheism and its retention rate in individuals.
Don Batten of Creation Ministries International wrote:
|“||Recently, I have had a lot of conversations with atheists. Many express a strong hatred of God. I have been at a loss to explain this. How can you hate someone you don’t believe in? Why the hostility? If God does not exist, shouldn’t atheists just relax and seek a good time before they become plant food? Why should it matter if people believe in God? Nothing matters if atheism is true||”|
The Christian evangelist Ray Comfort contends that atheists hate God because they know that He does exist. Comfort declared in 2009: "Atheists don't hate fairies, leprauchans or unicorns because they don't exist. It is impossible to hate something that doesn't exist. And that makes the point." See also: Atheism and emotional problems
Jennifer LeClaire, a news editor at Charisma News wrote:
|“|| Atheists don’t believe God exists, so why do they get so angry when Christians call them out for it?...
Atheism is rooted in an antichrist spirit that has made man his own God. Atheists have separated themselves from God in this life, yet He still blesses them with an opportunity to repent every day. In the next life—eternal life—atheists won’t be so brazen about insisting God doesn’t exist because they will bow their knee to Jesus Christ (Phil. 2:10; Rom. 14:11) before spending forever apart from His presence in the lake of fire. Calling Christians nasty names and insulting God isn’t going to change that or stop Christians from sharing their faith.
I would challenge every atheist who is reading this article to truly seek God with an open mind. I guarantee if you open your heart, ask Him to reveal Himself to you, and seek Him sincerely, you will find Him.
- When atheists are angry at God by Joe Carter, Gospel Coalition
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Evangelist: Atheists know they are wrong
- ↑ Theophobia, Freedictionary.com
- ↑ Anger at God common, even among atheists
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Atheist loses debate to theist & admits God exists
- ↑ Atheists hate God
- ↑ [Why Do Atheists Get So Angry When Christians Talk About Their Unbelief?] by Jennifer LeClaire, Charisma News, 12:30PM EST 11/22/2013