But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
The Agnostic Atheist
There are distinctions between a person who claims to be an agnostic and one who declares a belief in denying God. An agnostic claims to disbelieve in God because it is impossible to know whether God exists and an atheist readily affirms there is no God. The distinction is semantical as the result of their system of belief is a denial of eternal authority. Separating the atheist from the agnostic is splitting hairs of how each one denies the existence of what is clearly seen in creation and affirmed through the unchanging word of God. Remarkably, while the agnostic and the atheist deny a belief in God, they affirm a system of belief upon which they establish their unbelief. Innate in all man is belief. What they do with that belief is decide if their faith is in a Creator or themselves as creation.
An agnostic will deny God because he denies any scientific means to prove there is a God. If it cannot be replicated in the laboratory then it must be false. Denying God because there is no way to prove him in a visible world only suggests man has no desire to attempt any proof of God’s existence. If may be safe to say the atheist will go to great lengths to prove there is no God while the agnostic stands around with his hands in his pockets shrugging his shoulders saying “I don’t know.” Ironically, the man who shrugs his shoulders in denial cannot explain his own birth. He had nothing to do with it, had no control over it and came from the womb of another human being growing into an intelligent being denying he is an intelligent creation and he has no answers. The atheists will spend his life disproving his existence. His birth was a phenomenon of unlinked events chained together in a continual chance of precise requirements of impossible necessary sequences producing a human being evolved from non-human particles. At the same time, they decry the believer in God because of faith. There is more faith required in the belief of an atheist than a follower of an eternal Creator.
Agnostics and atheists share the same DNA, both in body and belief. Neither can explain the biological creation; either denying lack of proof or disproving by a convoluted system of unbelieving faith. All men have a system of belief that by itself shows the eternal nature of how God made man. Every civilization has based their society on a system of belief and the question has always been whether their belief was in an eternal Father or themselves. Ultimately, the reason men deny God is that they want to make a god of their own desire so they can live in the false security of man’s wisdom. The totems of men have always been the image of man. Making a golden calf allows man to enjoy the pleasures of himself, the pride of ruling his own life and rejecting the authority of a higher being. Man worships man like an ant bows before his fellow insect.
Paul reminds the Roman disciples the invisible attributes of God are clearly seen. King David expressed in prose the viability of the word of the Lord and the powerful testimony of the created world. Faith in the heavenly Father requires a belief that He is. There is nothing more man can find within himself that will change that. God is who He is and will always be who He is. Denying ones birth does not change the reality. Accepting the knowledge of God also requires the belief of life after death. Agnostics and atheists believe man is an animal that dies and ceases to exist. Their belief is predicated on the need to live in such a manner there will no consequence or penalty. The driving force to deny God is to live with no judgment. Sadly, agnostics and atheists will learn too late, there is a God and there is consequence. Seeking God is the only happiness man will find in this life and the life to come.
Agnosticism is not open-mindedness; it is culpable inaction. (Nels F. S. Ferre, Faith and Reason, 1946)