REALITY exists, whatever we believe. And sometimes, reality is not always what we think is probable, or likely
Atheists claim that faith in the existence of God is pure illusion. But that in itself is a faith claim.
However, the real illusion is to imagine that the complex nature of our planet could be created by chance, in a few billion years.
The illusion is that human nature is all determined by the environment or genetics, with no choice how a person acts or lives.
It’s a self-reinforcing delusion. that will continue to be believed in the face of contrary evidence.
Many atheists claim the Christ story is a myth conncoted over centuries by unspecified conspiracists for some unspecified reasons.
But for Christianity to have a long-term grip on history and on the hearts of hundreds of millions of people, more than just a myth needs to be involved.
Atheism denies that a God who is very real, alive, and personal, manifested a real, physical, tangible presence within actual history.
Theologian John Haught believes many of the “new atheists” are plainly ignorant about religion in general and Christianity in particular. They are under an illusion.
Asked what he would say to atheists who demand evidence or proof of the existence of a transcendent reality, Haught said:
“The hidden assumption behind such a statement is often that faith is belief without evidence. Therefore, since there’s no scientific evidence for the divine, we should not believe in God.
“But that statement itself — that evidence is necessary — holds a further hidden premise that all evidence worth examining has to be scientific evidence. And beneath that assumption, there’s the deeper worldview — it’s a kind of dogma — that science is the only reliable way to truth. But that itself is a faith statement.
“It’s a deep faith commitment because there’s no way you can set up a series of scientific experiments to prove that science is the only reliable guide to truth. It’s a creed.”.
The traditions of religion and philosophy have always maintained that the most important dimensions of reality are going to be least accessible to scientific control. To believe otherwise is an illusion.
As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said: Few people have the imagination for reality. ~