More Atheists?

There was a recent poll that showed an increase in people claiming to be atheist.  The conclusion that was being drawn by many is that this means that the church is failing, that fewer people in church means that the church is losing relevance.

I have a different interpretation of the data.

It is possible that the people who are now claiming to be atheists formerly attended churches only out of pressure to do so for appearances sake.  It might have been to appease their family members, or maybe because they wanted to maintain a certain image in their communities, or maybe even just to network for business purposes. At any rate, if they were attending church for the wrong reasons then it is good for both the church and for them to no longer attend.

It is good for the church, because we have enough problems with hypocrites.  If a person is attending church and has no belief in God, or no interest in learning about God, then they are being hypocritical.  They are there for the wrong reasons and will possibly contribute to church problems.  Problems in the church, as well as problems in the community for the churches reputation.   So atheists leaving the church is a good thing for the church.

It is also better for them.  If they are a part of a church, people will treat them as fellow believers.  There will be no effort to convert, those already perceived as believers.  If they are avowed atheists, not attending any church, not pretending to believe, they will be recognized as people who need the Lord, and will be the subject of peoples’ prayers and witnessing.  This may lead to their salvation, and back to the church as believers, which would be a good thing for them.

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7 Responses to “More Atheists?”

  1. Daniel Says:

    This is a good way to view the statistics! Thanks for sharing it.

    Daniel

  2. sole4sail Says:

    I was once a “true believer”. Was truly “saved”, went to Bible College, did my fair share of witnessing, etc…
    Over time, the evidence of reason was too great for me to ignore. I hope the same happens for you, eventually.

  3. matt Says:

    This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  4. Gloria Says:

    good post.

  5. Pastor Curt Says:

    Daniel, Matt, and Gloria, thank you for your responses. It is always nice to hear favorable comments.

    sole4sail, It would appear that we have had different experiences in our lives. In my life, I have grown to appreciate the complimentary qualities of faith and reason. I believe that God is big enough to stand up to a little honest questioning. Would you be willing to share what specific evidence led you to leave your faith behind?

  6. joshua Wright Says:

    atheists….hmmm the difference between heaven and hell is about 18 inches God changes hearts, and Lucifer changes minds. Sounds to me like “reason” still doesn’t make sense. Pastor do you remember the books you had me study on evolution? Reason made a LOT of sense at the end of the book as long as i didn’t work the theory backwards. Why do we reason God out of existence? Because we can’t explain miracles? or the works of God? it is easier to reason God out of our lives, than it is to have the will to follow him wholeheartedly.

    • Pastor Curt Says:

      “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” I believe that our faith begins by accepting the truth of God’s existence, and then gradually God increases our ability to understand more and more.

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