God was the First Atheist

The title of this post might seem ridiculous, but bear with me, I want to make a couple of points which I think will explain it a little.
There are a couple of basic claims that Atheists make which I argue God made first – up to a point.
Firstly, it is generally understood that the whole basis of Atheism is that Atheists believe there are no gods.
God made this claim a long time ago.

“You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”  Isaiah 44:8

“I know not one,” he says as if he’d conducted a search, just in case he did find a god hiding in the pantry or something. The only difference in God’s claim is that he says there are no gods – except for himself.

Atheists go further in claiming that all religions are just fantasies created from men’s imaginations.
God also said something very similar a long time ago:

The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of  his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint. The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine. He cut down cedars, or perhaps took a cypress or oak. He let it grow among the trees of the forest, or planted a pine, and the rain made it grow. It is used as fuel for burning; some of it he takes and warms himself, he kindles a fire and bakes bread. But he also fashions a god and worships it; he makes an idol and bows down to it. Half of the wood he burns in the fire; over it he prepares his meal, he roasts his meat and eats his fill. He also warms himself and says, “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.” From the rest he makes a god, his idol; he bows down to it and worships. He prays to it and says, “Save me! You are my god!” They know nothing, they understand nothing; their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see, and their minds closed so they cannot understand. No one stops to think, no one has the knowledge or understanding to say, “Half of it I used for fuel; I even baked bread over its coals, I roasted meat and I ate. Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left? Shall I bow down to a block of wood?” Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”  Isaiah 44:12-20

There you go, God says, just as Atheists do, that people who bow down to worship a block of wood are deluded. Again, though, the difference is that God says those gods are a lie, but I am truly the only God:

“I am the LORD, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right.” Isaiah 45:18-19

Atheism is important for Christianity because it does what Christians should have been doing for a long time: cutting through the religious bull-dust which is keeping us from really getting to know the only true God.


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