Doctrine

  ATHEISM
DEFINITION: Greek: atheos (Godless). A disbelief in the existence of God. Synonymous words which have a similar meaning are as follows:

AGNOSTIC: The belief that the existence of any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable.

DEISM: System of thought advocating natural religion based on human reason rather than revelation, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe.

FREE THINKER: One that forms opinions on the basis of reason independently of authority. One who doubts or denies religious dogma. One who suggests loss of faith and a belief only in the rational and credible.

UNBELIEVER, DOUBTER, SKEPTIC: One that does not
believe in a particular religious faith.

INFIDEL: Usually applies to one belonging to a faith (as the Mohammedan) other than Christian or Jewish and commonly connotes an enemy of the true faith.

“The denial of or disbelief in the existence of God.” Funk and Wagnalls Dictionary

THE EXISTENCE OF A SUPREME INTELLIGENT CREATOR ESTABLISHED

“He who can look into the sky with a telescope, or even with his natural eye alone, and see there the immensity of creation, its symmetry, beauty, order, harmony, and diversity, and yet doubt that the Creator of these is vastly his superior both in wisdom and power, or who can suppose for a moment that such order came by chance, without a Creator, has so far lost or ignored the faculty of reason as to be properly considered what the Bible terms him, a fool (one who ignores or lacks reason): ‘the fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.’ Psa. 14:1; 53:1.” A29

“...it is a self-evident truth that effects must be produced by competent causes. Every plant and every flower, even, speaks volumes of testimony on this subject. Intricate in construction, exquisitely beautiful in form and texture, each speaks of a wisdom and skill above the human. How short sighted the absurdity which boasts of human skill and ingenuity, and attributes to mere chance the regularity, uniformity, and harmony of nature; which acknowledges the laws of nature, while denying that nature has an intelligent Lawgiver.” A29

“When Columbus discovered the Orinoco river, someone said he had found an island. He replied: ‘No such river as that flows from an island. That mighty torrent must drain the waters of a continent.’” A63

HOW NATURE DENIES
“Some who deny the existence of an intelligent Creator claim that nature is the only God, and that from nature all forms of animal and vegetable developments proceeded without the ordering of intelligence, but governed, they say, by ‘the law of the survival of the fittest’ in a process of
evolution.

“This theory lacks proof, for all about us we see that various creatures are of fixed natures which do not evolve to higher natures; and though those who hold to this theory have made repeated endeavors, they have never succeeded either in blending different species or in producing a new fixed variety. No instance is known where one kind has changed
to another kind.

“Surely if unintelligent nature were the creator or evolver she would continue the process, and there would be no such thing as fixed species, since without intelligence nothing would arrive at fixed conditions....This theory we conclude to be as contrary to human reason as to the Bible, when it claims that intelligent beings were created by a power lacking intelligence.” A30

(Also see R1150, bottom article)

A REASONABLE CONCLUSION
“...the existence of an Intelligent Creator is a clearly demonstrated truth, the proof which lies all around us.....He is...the Designer and Creator of what we term nature....He ordered and established the laws of nature, the beauty and harmony of whose operation we see and admire....Not only are we forced to the conclusion that there is a God, and that his power and wisdom are immeasurably beyond our own, but we are forced by reason to the conclusion that the
grandest thing created is not superior to its Creator....” A32

Think now of all the planning, the timing and all the intelligent supervision, that was needed to Create all that exists on the planet Earth. It has been called to our attention that of the insect, reptile, and fish, fowl, and animal, there is estimated to be well over three million species. In every one of these are hidden marvels of creative invention. We are told that the common housefly has 4,000 lenses. Take the bumblebee. The size, weight and shape of this husky bee’s body — in relation to its total wing-spread — indicate that it should never get off the ground.
According to the applied laws of aerodynamics, it should not be able to fly. Extensive laboratory tests and wind tunnel experiments by experts confirm this conclusion. However, the bumblebee, unaware of these findings, continues to zoom through the air whenever and wherever it pleases.
The National Geographic tells us that there are about 2,500 different types of minerals. Could we honestly say that all this happened by chance without intelligence? Notice the millions of varieties of vegetable life. Every variety is a fixed species. Did it all just happen? We must conclude that the existence of an intelligent Creator is a clearly demonstrated truth. To realize this we acknowledge that the Creator is wise, just, loving, and powerful; and the scope of his attributes is, of necessity immeasurably wider than that of his grandest creation.

PSA. 90:2: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

“What ‘beginning’ is here referred to? Surely not the beginning of the existence of Jehovah, the God, the Father; because he is ‘from everlasting to everlasting,’ and never had a beginning. (Psa. 41:13; 90:2; 106:48) But Jehovah’s work had a beginning and it is to this that reference is here
made — the beginning of creation. The statement, thus understood, implies that our Lord Jesus, in his pre-human existence, as the Logos, was with the Father in the very beginning of creation. This confirms the inspired statement that the Logos himself was ‘the beginning of the creation of God:’ this is the precise statement of the apostle, who assures us that our Lord is not only ‘the Head of the body, the Church,’ and ‘the first-born from the dead,’ but also the beginning of all creation — ‘that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.’ His words are: ‘He is the image of the invisible God — first-born of all creation; because by him were all things created by him and for him, and he precedes all things, and in him all things have been
permanently placed.” (Col.1:15-18) Hear also the word of prophecy concerning the Only Begotten not only declaring his coming exaltation as King of earthly kings, but describing him as already being Jehovah’s first-born, saying, I will make him, my first-born, higher than the kings of the earth.” (Psa. 89:27) Note also that our Lord (referring to his own origin), declares himself to be, ‘The faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.’ Rev. 3:14” E86

“‘Bethlehem Ephratah...out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been of old, from everlasting.’ (Micah 5:2) These words we are asked to accept as proofs that Jesus was Jehovah — from everlasting to everlasting — because Moses declared, ‘Jehovah...from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.’” E45

PSA. 83:18: “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.”

“The name Jehovah is properly rendered only four times, where it seemed impossible to do otherwise (Exod.6:3; Psa. 83:18; Isa. 12:2; 26:4); it is rendered God 298 times, and Lord over 5,000 times.” E65

ISA. 42:8: “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.”

“Beyond all question, Jehovah himself is the Supreme Judge, and his Law the supreme standard, according to which all decisions must be made respecting life eternal. Thus the Apostle refers to ‘God the Judge of all,’ and indicates that the Father is meant by referring in the same sentence to Jesus as the Mediator. (Heb. 12:23,24) Again he says, ‘The Lord will judge his people,’ and ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.’ (Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30) In these quotations from the Old Testament (Psa. 50:4; Deut. 32:35,36), the Lord referred to is Jehovah. Again, the Apostle says, ‘God shall judge the secrets of men [“the world”] by Jesus Christ.’ (Rom. 2:16; 3:6) Jehovah was the original Lawgiver and Judge, and will forever maintain this position and relationship to all of his creatures. His honor he will not give unto another. (Isa. 42:8) Likewise he points out to us in the Scriptures that he is the Shepherd of his people. ‘Jehovah is my Shepherd; I shall not want.’ (Psa. 23:1) Again he designates himself the Redeemer of his people: ‘All flesh shall know that I, Jehovah, am thy Savior and thy Redeemer.’ (Isa. 49:26) In the highest sense of the word Jehovah himself is the center of the entire plan of salvation and of its every feature; and any other view of the matter is a defective one.” F396

“THE SELF-EXISTING ONE”
“The Almighty God has appropriated to himself and declared his name to be Jehovah, which signifies the ‘Self-Existing One’ or ‘The Immortal One.’ Thus we read his declaration to Moses, saying: ‘I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty [the superior or most mighty God], but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.’ (Exod. 6:3) By this name, Jehovah, God was thereafter recognized amongst his people. The name is used hundreds of times throughout the Old Testament, but is covered, in a large degree, from the English reader, through an error of the translators, who have rendered it ‘LORD.’ It can, however, be recognized readily, being always printed in small capitals when used to translate their sacred name, Jehovah. Thus in the first Commandment given to Israel the Lord said, ‘I am Jehovah, thy God...thou shalt have no other gods [mighty ones] before me [my equals]...for I Jehovah thy God am a jealous God.’ Exod. 20:2-5

“Again Moses declares, ‘Hear, O Israel, Jehovah our God is one — Jehovah; and thou shalt love Jehovah thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul and with all thy might.’ (Deut. 6:4,5) And this is the very passage of scripture which our Lord Jesus himself commended as the very essence of truth. When inquired of respecting the greatest commandment, he said, quoting this scripture, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord [Jehovah] thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind; this is the primary and great commandment.’ (Matt. 22:37,38) Again we read, ‘I am Jehovah; that is my name: and my glory [honor] will I not give to another.’ (Isa. 42:8) And let not the context escape our notice, for this positive declaration that the name Jehovah is exclusively that of ‘the Father of Lights with whom is no variableness’ immediately follows his prophetic proclamation of Messiah as Jehovah’s honored and elect Son-servant, saying: ‘Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect in whom my soul delighteth: I have put my spirit upon him. He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles....He shall not fail nor be discouraged until he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. Thus saith God, Jehovah, I Jehovah have called thee in righteousness and will hold thine hand and will keep thee, and will give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison [death], and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house. I am Jehovah: THAT IS MY NAME.’ Isa. 42:1-8” E40, 41

DEUT. 6:4,5: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

MARK 12:32,33: “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

“In this respect our Lord’s words are a lesson to his people today, to the effect that they should keep their religious affairs, which are of God and toward God, separate and distinct from worldly politics, which are of the Gentiles, during this period of the ‘Times of the Gentiles.’ ‘Ye are not of this world, even as I am not of this world.’ On the other hand, the Lord’s people are to remember that, as originally created, man bore God’s image stamped upon his very nature; and the persons addressed should have remembered also that God’s superscription was upon them, that he had accepted them as his people, — Israel. The thought is that the heart, the life, the affections, belong to God, and should be rendered to him, and this being done the rendering of a little tribute-money to some earthly prince would be of comparative insignificance, and the will of God recognized in the heart would cause all things to work together for their good.” R2756:3

1 COR. 8:5,6: “For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”

“The Apostle Paul presents the matter of the relationship between the Father and the Son in respect to our redemption most clearly and most forcefully, saying: ‘There is no other God but One...to us there is but One God, the Father of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.’ (1 Cor. 8:4,6) That is to say, there is only the one eternal and Almighty God, the Author and Source of all things, to whom we belong, and there is only the one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom the Heavenly Father operates in respect to all the various features of his plan, and by and through whom alone we have had remission of sins, through faith in his blood, and access to the Father, and to the grace wherein we stand, rejoicing in hope of the glory of God. — Rom. 5:1.” E54

“MANKIND’S HOPE FOR EVERLASTING LIFE”
“The boldest and ablest scientists and evolutionists have attempted to show that man’s life was not a gift from the Creator. Theoretically they have brought man and all the lower animals up, by evolution process, from a microscopic germ; yea, from protoplasm, which Prof. Huxley called ‘The physical basis of life;’ and they fain would in some way ignore the Creator and Life-giver entirely: but, as a matter of fact, they have been unable to suggest any way that even protoplasm could get life from inert matter. To this extent, therefore, they are obliged to recognize a first great cause of life. But the reverent Bible student should not have the slightest difficulty in accepting the statement of the Scriptures that God himself alone is the First Great Cause, the fountain of life, from whom has proceeded all life on every plane; as says the Apostle, All things are of the Father, and all things are by the Son, and we by him. (1 Cor. 8:6) The Christian not only finds the evidences of a Creator in the book of Nature, but he finds in the Bible the express and particular revelation of that Creator, and of that creation. He accepts as a fact the statement that God created our first parents, and bestowed life upon them, and provided for their propagation of a race of sentient beings, souls, of their own kind, just as he provided for similar process in the brute creation.” E398

CLAIMING THE BIBLE’S SUPPORT FOR MEN’S CREEDS, ANOTHER CAUSE OF UNBELIEF

“The Bible....is unintentionally but woefully misrepresented by its friends...by claiming its support to their long-revered misconceptions of its truth, received through the traditions of their fathers.” A37

See also Index: The Bible; Creation and Fall; The Creator; Creeds; Permission of Evil; Evolution; Faith; Hell and Purgatory; Miracles; Pyramid.

WORLD CONDITIONS A CAUSE OF DOUBT

LUKE 18:8: “...When the Son of Man comes, will he find the faith on the earth?” Cf. Diag
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“...the condition of the world today...is such as to awaken serious doubts....either the church has made a great mistake in supposing that in the present age, and in her present condition, her office has been to convert the world, or else God’s plan has been a miserable failure....Many have accepted, and many more doubtless will accept the latter, and swell the ranks of infidelity....” A14

The spread of Atheism among Communists is too well known to need comment.