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Do Atheists Believe in One Fewer God than Christianity?

Every society believes in the supernatural. Ancient Egypt worshiped Isis, Ra, Anubis, and Horus. Hindus bow before Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Kali, and believe in three hundred million other gods. The Buddha sought enlightenment as a mechanism for dealing with human suffering. The Greeks believed in Zeus, Athena, Aphrodite, Dionysus, Prometheus, and Apollo. The Norsemen served Odin. The Germanic people worshiped Thor, the god of thunder. In the East, people worship their ancestors. The Mayans worshiped Kukulcan, Chac, Kinich Ahau, and Yum Cimil. 

Atheists like to say, “I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.” They point to the existence of many different gods as proof that no god exists. But the fact that for thousands of years humans have believed in supernatural entities is actually powerful proof that there is deep need inside of humans that is searching for something greater than ourselves. Humans search for God because they know He exists and that they need Him. 

Saying that someone is an atheist just because he doesn’t believe in all gods is like saying everybody is single because no one is married to everybody. The word “atheist” means “no god.” That means if I believe in one God, I’m not an atheist. Just because the math problem “What is 1+1?” has millions of wrong answers does not mean the question does not have one right answer. 

A monotheist believes in one God. A polytheist believes in many gods. An atheist believes in no gods. To point out that a monotheist is not a polytheist does not make him an atheist. 

Besides, the Bible tells us there are other gods. The Ten Commandments say, “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). Christians believe there is One Supreme God who created the universe. But we also believe there is a “god of this world” known as Satan who actively works to deceive people. I don’t disbelieve in Thor, Odin, Zeus, and Baal. I think they are manifestations of demonic powers that are masquerading as the one true God. 

1) All of human history shows that humans have an inward sense of God’s existence. 

2) It is probable that that this sense of the divine (Latin: senses divinitatis) was given to humans by One who is higher than humankind. 

3) Therefore, God exists.  

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About the Author:  Dr. Daniel King is a missionary evangelist who has traveled to over seventy nations in his quest for souls. His goal is to lead 1,000,000 people to Jesus every year through massive Gospel Festivals, distribution of literature, and leadership training. Because of his experience and research on evangelism, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in mass evangelism. As an evangelist, he has a deep interest in using apologetics to convince skeptics that God is real.

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