I don't understand how anyone could be an atheist other than total mindless belligerent obstinacy, because obviously, that which does not exist can't cause anything so the universe can't come from nothing. We only have evidence for causation from something. Some atheists claim outside the universe doesn't abide in the cause and effect inside of the universe, but if that were true then the universe would never come into existence. Of course God can created from outside of time and space since God would transcend time and space. People say God can't create without time. Sure He can. He creates timelessly.
The only other approach I have ever seen atheists attempt is to claim the universe always existed in an infinite regress of cause and effects; but of course, that's false, because if there was an eternity of the past of cause and effects, you would have had an eternity to come into being before now so you should have already happened, having had an eternity to do so. It gets even doubly worse for the atheist, because if a past eternity was true, then you should never have existed because that past eternity would go on for eternity never reaching this point. Therefore, infinite regress is a man made delusion.
I guess I should say why I believe Jesus is God over other faiths. The reason I believe this is because I can't find a naturalistic explanation to account for the eyewitness testimony of the Apostles in various group settings. Group hallucinations are medically impossible - people never hallucinate the same thing. People don't willingly die for what they know is a lie so the Apostles truly believed it; that is, they did not fraudulently make up their eyewitness testimony. Swoon theory fails because Jesus wouldn't convince anyone He is the risen Messiah all tattered and torn, scourged down the bone, holes in His feet and hands, unable to walk on the 3rd day. Legends theory fails because the Apostles believed it from the beginning, set up the first churches on the resurrection appearances of Jesus, and even Paul who was converted about 2 years after the cross said he spent 15 days with Peter, with James, and with John who were key eyewitnesses. Their faith goes right back to the cross. I know the movie "The Enemy" (2014) might convince someone Jesus had a twin brother, but his character and nature couldn't fool the Apostles who had spent 3 years with Jesus.
I believe a sinner is eternally separated from God because God can't have fellowship with sin. Therefore, God the Son mercifully enters His creation to pay the penalty and ransom for sin so that whoever believeth in Him shall not perish but has everlasting life. Those who do not receive what Jesus did for them to redeem them back to Him shall perish in a state of eternal conscious separation from God. The closest thing I can think of what Hell will be like for Muslims, Atheists, JW's, 7th Day Adventists, Mormons, Calvinists, Roman Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Scientologists, other Gnostics, Deists and Agnostics, etc. is simply jail. We throw people in jail for life so they can't harm others so for those who reject Jesus who He truly is, the 2nd Person of the Trinity, must eternally be separated from those God loves, His elect, sons and daughters, namely Christians and Saints from the OT. That would be very unloving of God to allow someone who rejects and despises God to be able to interact with a person who is regenerated, has the Holy Spirit indwelling and eternal blessings, for there is no sin in the New City and New Earth.
Since there is no resurrection accounts (notice you are unable to find any sources from antiquity) except Jesus claiming to be God, He is the One and Only. For the atonement to be authentic, the Atoner must come in our likeness - the likeness of flesh - and that's what Jesus does as the perfect sacrifice for sins. When Jesus returns to reign on earth for 1000 years as the Son of Man, He will defeat the evil [atheist, etc.] nations, and His overcomer believers will reign on earth over the nations for 1000 years before the New City and New Earth commence eternity future.
That's why I believe what I believe since I don't know how disprove it. And there can be no greater proof. I can't even lose salvation, because I gave my life to the God who keeps: those who are born-again "they shall never perish" (John 10.28). Just ask yourself what proof could be better, and you will come up empty handed. You might claim you would believe if Jesus came before you now, but that contradicts His claim when He returns everyone will know it, and why would you even believe it who selfishly comes before you and not others. Why does the universe center around you?
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The argument is as weak as the premise.
You didn't give me much to argue there.
A being as far as we know would need all kinds of nurishement and "stuff" to exist. These were not available in the preordial soup that was before the big bang.
So by all definitions we have of "a lifeform" it couldn't be intelligent nor a lifeform.
Yes, but lifeforms are Earthly things, and any being which created, not just this Universe but absolutely everything, would not be of that form. What that form could take is probably not in our capacity to imagine, so I can't furnish a description.
When James says "He creates timelessly." - this would have to be true. The Universe is a blob of space-time. Outside of it, our four dimensions don't exist - or exist within a lot of higher dimensions. I find this fascinating to think about.
I am not talking about earthly things, I talk about definitions:
By every definition we have he could nether be a lifeform nor intelligent especially if it would "not be in our capacity to imagine" because than it would defy each definition we would have about "a lifeform" or "intelligent".
"By every definition we have" - that's not saying a lot. Our definitions are Earthly and limited.
"intelligent" - intelligent, but more intelligent than we can conceive.
Anyway, we're getting off the point. You still haven't disproved the existence of a Creator God. It's a simple definition.
That's what I mean about "God's love". You get it just by virtue of being alive.
If God was the cause then who or what caused God to happen.
Your rejecting Christ for salvation is not a splinter. It is a log that sends you to Hell. I don't have this log in my eye that you have. I have judged you, but I don't fall under the same judgment because I am born-again and you are not. We have all fallen short of the glory of God so God saves those who repent to the cross as helpless sinners to receive the Lord Jesus as Savior. Since you have not, you are going to Hell. Hell is that place of eternal separation from God. You will be conscious of your wrong choice for eternity. I wish not even for my worse enemy they go to Hell because nothing is worse, but sadly many such as yourself will go to Hell because you want to be eternally separated from God, and that is a stark fact.
Unless you reject The Bible or are one of those damnable souls who don't take The Bible as the literally-true Word of God, Hell is much more than just separation from God. Some examples taken from The Good Book:
Matthew 13:50 “furnace of fire…weeping and gnashing of teeth”
Mark 9:48 “where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched”
Revelation 14:10 “he will be tormented with fire and brimstone”
Revelation 14:11 “the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night”
Revelation 20:14 “This is the second death, the lake of fire”
Revelation 20:15 “If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”