These terms come up regularly in our secular world and distinguishing between them may be confusing. The dictionary definitions can be helpful, but don’t tell the whole story. An atheist doesn’t believe in the existence of God and generally dismisses the supernatural. By contrast, an agnostic is one who does not know if God exists and believes that some things, God, for example, are unknowable. In short, atheists are the ‘attack dogs’ targeting Christianity and other world religions while agnostics are generally passive resistors.
Because atheists believes positively that there is no GOD and there is nothing apart from what science can define and measure, they concludes that there is life on this earth and then nothing. Hence, if God does not exist, then there can be no divine or outside moral compass by which to live. They generally believe we humans are simply products of random chemical processes and natural selection, called the evolutionary theory.
The implications of this belief are far reaching, because atheists dismiss the notion that humans have a divine purpose for living or behaving. Each person, therefore, defines what is right and wrong in his own eyes.
Atheism is growing in popularity in America due to the influence of our liberal progressive culture and the aggressive tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Evolutionary theory is being taught in schools and colleges as if it were absolutely true, and scientists who question its tenets are mocked and silenced. Many new books advancing evolutionary ideas end up on bestseller lists purporting to be scientifically based, but their content is often misleading and often advances disproven ideas. Evolutionary theory, that atheists use to “prove” that God doesn’t, ignores the fact that the hand of an intelligent designer is evident in virtually every living organism–plant or animal.
Atheists decide not to believe in God so in effect they can be their own god setting their own standards of morality and ‘hope’ that there is no judgment day. As such, for them men and women are not any better than the animals. They do not believe they are sinners in need of a savior. The joy of living in Christ is simply missing in their lives. So, they live experiencing temporary happiness but never find true peace, grace and unconditional love that only is found in a personal relationship with Christ.
On the other hand, agnostics say, “I’m not sure whether there is a God or not.” Agnostics are generally looking and searching and can sometimes be open to discussions on the subjects of God and Faith.
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