I wished that I’d kept track of how often I’ve heard it. It’s at least a dozen or more times now that I’ve heard atheists who say,
“If God turns out to be real, I’m sure that He’s a forgiving and loving God, so all will be well.”
Does that make you smile? It does me - In a “What’s up with that?” kind of way. I mean, where do they get this idea of God from? I know atheists flip back and forth between "God wants to torture me," and "I'm sure God will forgive me," oh, and the old stand-by "God doesn't exist," but this saving God is a little silly.
Just what God are they thinking about when they say stuff like this? Is there any evidence for such a Deity? In any religion in the world, besides those new agey goofy kind of religions, is there any evidence for such a Deity? I know from experience that certain drugs can make a person feel like such a Being must exist, but, you know, that’s not exactly something that can be called reality. So do atheists think that just because this is who they WANT God to be, this is how He WILL be?
Of course, the God of Christianity is loving AND forgiving. He’s slow to anger and full of grace and mercy. However, He’s also infinitely Just. Sin will be punished wherever it’s found. No one gets off free of charge. God has clearly and concisely laid out the criteria for forgiveness and He isn’t about to just chuck it because some atheist dreams that He will. This forgiveness cost Jesus not only His life in a manner as vile as any that humans have devised. Jesus, for us, bore the full wrath of God against our sins. This is something so horrific that none of us can imagine or comprehend what it would be like.
Of course this shouldn’t surprise. That atheists live in a dreamworld I mean. They do the same with naturalism and the origins of the universe. Not just in the absence of evidence but in the face of counter evidence for a natural cause, atheists paste on their intelligent look and say, “It could happen.”
I shouldn’t smile. It’s actually kind of sad.