The Atheist and His Stump

Christianity is so sure about the truth it possesses that it is open to all criticisms of this truth; yes, it even welcomes such criticism as a spur that ensures a better ride on the horse of truth. ~ Richard Wurmbrand

The master of a house once instructed his foolish servant to travel into town to retrieve flour and salt for the evening meal. He cautioned, “Do not mix the salt and flour.”

toonWith only one plate to carry his purchases, the servant had the grocer pour the flour on the top side of the plate. He then turned the plate upside down and asked that the salt be poured on the bottom, not noticing the flour falling to the ground.

Returning home, his master inquired, “I see the salt, but where is my flour?” He turned the plate over to show him the flour and the salt too fell to the ground.


The one who says there is no God is like the servant in many ways. They have their salt but no flour. They will make their arguments of reasoning that there is no God, but refuse to hear of the convincing evidences of His existence. In crisis though, their salt is lost also.

The atheist looks only to the material world, ignoring that matter needs a maker. He will find himself sitting in a room staring at the floor and declaring the room has no ceiling. His refusal to look up gives him no reason to doubt his conclusion.

Consider the thoughts of Darwin who admitted, “The impossibility of concluding that this grand and wondrous universe with our conscious selves arose through chance, seems to me the chief argument for the existence of God.”

Isn’t it true for the atheist that atheism is self-evident? Why do they insist then on propagating the obvious? Shouldn’t they rather simply exclaim, “Eat, drink, and be merry; for tomorrow we perish.”

Instead, my new good friend Ark has these words for me:

Your reasoning demonstrates so eloquently the inculcation you have been subjected to.
The faculty of simple common sense has been blunted to the point that you have lost the power to look and listen to something and realize how ridiculous you would sound even to yourself if you were prepared to switch off the evangelist creationist soundtrack for two minutes.

To this please know that we Christians are not the enemy to the atheists… we are their friends. We love the atheist because love understands.

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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6 Responses to The Atheist and His Stump

  1. I agree old friend. Atheist only have one possibility of God’s existence…God’s love shed abroad in our hearts extended to them. We can’t argue, there’s no win. They can’t argue, there is no convincing us, our lives are changed completely. That, to the unbeliever, is unbelievable. Why would anyone risk their life, lose their fortunes, or ruin their reputation, if Jesus didn’t change them? They may say “there is no God,” like the drunk says “I’m hurting nobody by drinking…not yet.” God will reveal Himself through us when we search to just love them and understand their brokenness. Great post again MT. Blessings! If you didn’t get my email, thanks for the DVD…life changing.

  2. I could never muster enough faith to believe that the intricacies of our orderly universe, and everything in it, just “happened”.

    Reminds me of Isaac Newton who had an exact replica of our solar system made in miniature. All components were geared together by rods, cogs and belts – a magnificent structure which everyone praised. A visitor, whom Newton knew was an agnostic, marvelled at the device and asked who made it. Newton replied “Nobody”. The visitor strongly objected and Newton said, “The bits and pieces just happened to come together and started revolving in their set orbits with perfect timing, never changing”.
    Of course, the visitor insisted it could not be, so Sir Isaac said quietly, “Well, if you can go from here and look at the nature all around you, and believe it ‘just happened’ you should have no trouble believing that this precise work of art also ‘just happened’.

    There is none so blind as he who WILL not see.

  3. lambskinny says:

    Darwin, I imagine, was not an atheist. How could he be after discovering so much variety in the world he traveled? His logic is sound — how can random chance create? GOD is not limited and whether He created the universe in 6 literal days or over a long period of time matters little to me; that He is the Intelligent Designer is what is true. And wonderful! Thanks, Michael. Your friend, Carley

  4. I love this series, because we Christians so often don’t know how to defend our faith. We need more C.S.Lewis’s and Kierkegaard’s in our time, who can break it down plainly and logically. Christ’s divinity and the infallibility of the scriptures are not to be compromised in order to please people…Thank you for this inspiring and thought-provoking reading material!

    “Sister Olive”

    • mtsweat says:

      Many blessings to you today Olive! Your firm stance is music to one’s ears, ” Christ’s divinity and the infallibility of the scriptures are not to be compromised in order to please people.” Amazingly, I just read from Paul’s words to the Galatians, “Do I still seek to please men or God?” Bravo good sister!

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