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Study: Most atheists believe in the supernatural

A study conducted by the University of Kent revealed most atheists and agnostics believe in supernatural powers.

According to The Times, the Understanding Unbelief program surveyed thousands of self-identified atheists and agnostics from six countries – Britain, the United States, Brazil, China, Denmark and Japan.

Researchers found of those interviewed, only a minority rejected all of the supernatural beliefs put to them.

The findings aren’t surprising, really. The atheist says there is no God, but according to Romans 1, God says there are no atheists.

In Romans 1:18 onwards, the Apostle Paul talks about people who, because of their sin, mentally suppress what they know to be true. “What can be known about God is plain to them,” Paul says. “Because God has shown it to them.”

The question that follows is, how? How was God “plainly” revealed himself to everyone? Paul continues:

For God’s invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools…

R.C. Sproul once said, “As the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, so the denial of God is the height of foolishness.”

Man may live as though there is no God, they can suppress the truth that they’ve been given, but they cannot ever claim they did not know of God’s existence.

Here’s why: Have you ever etched something into the trunk of a tree? I wonder about the people who come along at a later date and attempt to decipher our primitive code language for who hearts who.

Suppose you stumbled across a tree etching, a simple straight line for example. Now, you might conclude that it was an unintentional mark, a random scratching from an animal’s claw perhaps.

Now suppose that line was followed by a love heart. The likelihood of that etching being the result of a random wild creature decreases drastically. There is an obvious level of intentionality behind that ‘I heart’ etching that no animal can replicate, must less a series of random processes.

What if the etching was followed by someone’s initials? Would anybody in their right mind question whether or not there was intelligence behind the message?

In fact, the more letters you add to the sentence, the more complicated it becomes. And the more complicated it becomes, the greater the likelihood of an intelligent scribe.

In his book The Battle for the Beginning, Dr John MacArthur said, “Honest scientists must admit that all of life had to be designed by an immensely intelligent mind. The more science looks at life, the more complex it becomes.”

We are talking about something far more complex than tree etchings. MacArthur continues, “The human brain is far more complex than NASA’s space shuttle. The brain alone is made up of at least six million functioning parts.”

Could you be convinced that six simple letters etched into a tree came about by random, unintelligent processes? What about a million letters? What about something as complex as a space shuttle? What about life itself?

Just as the etching on a tree tells us there was an etcher, just as a building tells us there was a builder, just as a painting tells us there was a painter, so too does creation itself tell us that there is a Creator.

So, the next time you find a scratch on your driver-side door and your first impulse is to look around for the person who caused it, look up at the world around you and find Somebody to thank, because atheists don’t really exist.

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