Is God an Atheist?

Gary Lenaire

 

 

The very insinuation of this question will offend some people, I know. It seems a little silly, naïve, and contradictory to even pose the question. But what if it is true? The word atheist has, for many years, been a derogatory utterance in the mouths of believers to smear those who share no allegiance to the ideas of theism. To even so much as inquire upon God’s religious and belief systems, it seems, well, evil! But is it?

 

The non believer prays to and seeks council from no one other than herself. She is not professedly saved or protected by a god because she doesn’t believe in one. Her beliefs are not found in a bronze-aged god because she is, after careful inquiry, aware of no such being. She has no faith because her assent is found only in assertions that can be evidenced in nature. Seeking no law or morality above her own she quarrels with no one, unless cornered or provoked. In short, the non believer is not a theist because she doesn’t have faith in a god. Because Christians refer to those who do not believe in their God as atheists, then by their own definition she is indeed that.

 

If God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient then nothing is stronger, bigger, or smarter than him. In short, God is the ultimate power and therefore he prays to and seeks council from no one. God is not saved or protected by anyone because he is strength in and of himself. God does not believe in anyone one because he is aware of everything. He has no faith because he is always and ever present. He seeks no law or morality above himself. In short, God is not a theist because he does not have faith in a god. Because Christians refer to those who do not believe in their God as atheists then by their own definition God is indeed an atheist. George H. Smith said this:

 

Moreover, he is a positive atheist of the most dogmatic variety, for he claims to know with absolute certainty that there exists no being superior to himself. He is never troubled by doubt, never re-examines any of his beliefs, and never feels obliged to justify them. This raises some further questions: Why, if God is himself an atheist, should we suppose that he disapproves of atheism among his creatures? Is not a benevolent father pleased when his children grow up to be like him? And how can the Christian condemn atheism per se without also condemning their atheistic God? Is not the atheist who strives to be like God more admirable than the Christian who merely believes in him? -George H. Smith, The Case Against God Sequel, a delivered at the FFRF mini-convention held in San Francisco on July 31, 1999

 

Smith makes a similar point about the devil being a Christian:

 

Is Satan the Theist also a Christian? Apparently so, because a Christian is defined in terms of his beliefs, not his actions. Satan clearly believes in the central tenets of Christianity. He believes, for example, that Jesus, the Son of God, was sacrificed to redeem the sins of mankind--for if Satan does not believe this, why did he tempt Jesus in an effort to sabotage his divine mission? He also believes in the resurrection of Jesus, in the power of God to work miracles, and in the existence of a heaven and a hell he calls home. Satan, a major player in many biblical events, does not have the least doubt about the veracity of God's word. Indeed, it is impossible to name one belief of the best Christian that Satan does not share. We may therefore conclude that Satan is a Christian, despite his rebellious spirit and competitive zeal. No one is perfect, after all. -George H. Smith, The Case Against God Sequel, a delivered at the FFRF mini-convention held in San Francisco on July 31, 1999

 

Obviously the learned Christian can retort here and say that the devil is not a Christian because he has never accepted the atonement of Christ. The point, however, is that these exorcises display the irrationality of the Judeo-Christian belief system. 

Mythology is a true romance for many people. Some of us come to terms with nature and finally admit to the scientific method of phenomena, research, and scrutiny. Bias must be held in check by ourselves and then by the groups we choose to participate in.