Do atheists hate God?

by Matt Slick

Not too long ago, I was in an atheist chat room for about half an hour where I was repeatedly insulted, told that I was stupid, that I couldn't think properly, mocked, cussed at, etc. It was the usual fare from the atheists.  I remained calm and eventually asked the question, "Why do you atheists hate God?"  I knew the question would get an interesting response. It did.  Foul language, insults, lies, misrepresentations, hatred, condemnation, and more.  But woven throughout the numerous insults was the most common answer: "We don't hate what does not exist!"

I replied by asking how they knew that God did not exist.  I told them that if they could not give me some rational reason for denying his existence, then their position is held by faith.  In that case, why would they condemn me for my faith in God?  That, of course, did not smooth things over with the obstreperous atheists.  One person said that the God of Scripture could not exist because, and I paraphrase . . . "how God set Adam and Eve up for failure, gets jealous, smites people, sends lying spirits, sends strong delusions, provides instructions for slave ownership, and Jesus told the slave to obey their slave masters."  When I asked if other atheists agreed with the sentiment (I asked several times), not a single atheist of the 30 or 40 in the room responded in the affirmative; neither did they deny it.  I repeatedly asked for affirmation or denial with not a single response.  Instead, for some reason, they became even more agitated and vitriolic.  Then, it finally occurred to me that they confirmed that they really do hate God even though they deny he exists.  Let me explain.

When you hate someone, you speak evil of him, say negative things about him, call him names, accuse him of wrongdoing, lying, etc. That is exactly what they were doing to me.  So, I pointed out that they were expressing great hatred towards me.  And, since verbal condemnations reveal how a person feels about someone, I pointed out to them that their same behavior aimed at God demonstrated their hatred for God because they often condemn the God of Scripture.  I told them that I have visited their room many times and read and heard their numerous hate filled condemnations for the God of the Bible.

Of course, this did not go over well with them since more insults followed.

Now, I'm not saying every atheist does this, but I've noticed it is pretty common for them to say they "lack belief in God" or "don't believe he exists" and then site Old Testament Scriptures where God does what they think is morally reprehensible (which is funny since they have no objective and absolute morals by which to make such judgments).  They complain, mock, and pronounce ethical condemnation against the God of the Bible . . . just like you would do to someone you hate.  Hmmm . . . So, they really do hate God.

But I'm sure atheists would simply say they only attack the biblical concept of God.  Okay, but if they are only hating a concept of what God is according to the Bible, then they are hating the God of the Bible.  Simple.

So, do atheists hate the God of Scripture?  Well, according to my experience in various chat rooms on the Internet with atheists, I have to conclude that their regular condemnation of God, their accusations of his immorality, speaking evil of him, etc., clearly demonstrates that they hate God.

Rom. 1:28-32, "And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them."


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.