As an atheist it is funny to watch how upset people get when religious claims are questioned. I understand the value of humans sticking together, to survive it’s much better to hunt in packs. If I was to bully a young child or someone confined to a wheelchair I would fully understand an intervention from someone else. So with this in mind, why do you feel the need to stand up for God?
Maybe it is because God needs all the help he can get? He’s at some kind of disadvantage? Hmmm, we all know this isn’t true. He doesn’t need any help whatsoever and the help a human being could offer…I’m sure would be politely declined. Thanks, but no thanks.
A much more realistic possibility for such a passionate response is not because God is incapable enough to deal with skeptics, he simply isn’t there. This would explain why so many theists get angry and frustrated by my opinions. God could think me into damnation if he so chooses and as a religious believer, why not wait for him to deal with it? It’s his business. You have your own job, family and bills to pay. You didn’t create the earth or the laws it is governed by, nor the species that you are a part of. So instead of getting pissed of at someone’s opinion, realise that this opinion is not a personal criticism and does not have to affect you or your lifestyle. Would you start shouting at a fellow diner in a restaurant if they told the waiter the food was unsatisfactory? No. You would probably look a little crazy to both customer and waiter and I’m sure both would breathe a sigh of relief when you left. Why? Because you have nothing to do with the restaurant. You aren’t paid to do their job, so leave it to them to fix. You would be merely getting in the way and complicating things further.
I remember getting wound up by an atheists opinion as a teenager. It wasn’t what they were saying that annoyed me, although this is how I felt at the time. I now know that the frustration I had was purely self inflicted. I wanted there to be a God despite the lack of evidence. My emotional side did not respond well to the overpowering logical side. Everytime I remember getting angry at an atheist opinion, it wasn’t because the opinion was offensive, it was an opinion I wanted to run and hide from. Truth. Reality.
Next time you feel like shouting at an atheist in favour of God, take a moment to ask yourself why you need to. Even if it takes another 50 years for me to meet my maker, it’s going to happen, right? Becoming hostile shows me that there are many so-called ‘believers’ out there that, deep down, have as many doubts as I do. The difference is atheists have learned to stop fighting with these thoughts.