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"Ex-Mormon Atheist"

August 31, 2008

If you google the title of this post you will find more ex-mormon testimonies than you probably care to see. The trend of LDS members becoming disillusioned and turning into agnostics or atheists troubles me very deeply and motivates me to urge them not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

A June, 2006 Salt Lake Tribune article cited the statistical findings of LDS author David Stewart, that Latter-day Saints are losing 70 to 80 percent of their converts. One of the many disillusioned bloggers out in cyberspace cites the internet as one of the reasons for the declining growth rates:

“Today, as [a] result of the information age, current and prospective members of the LDS Church have access to an unprecedented volume of information regarding the church, its history, its teachings, its secret ceremonies, basically everything its leaders don’t want you to know. This information can be found with just a few clicks of the mouse and may be playing a significant role in the limited convert growth the church is currently experiencing.”

Another disillusioned blogger summarizes the conclusion of many who are leaving the LDS church after finding historical or archaeological information that contradicts their LDS beliefs.

“There is no objective evidence for God; there is overwhelming evidence that the human mind is predisposed to perceive the presence of a God; and there is overwhelming evidence that there cannot be a God…”

Another blogger states

IF there is a god, he/she/it certainly does not interfere with our lives. Scientific experiments have shown that prayer does nothing. A belief in god does nothing. If I am going to believe in an ALL POWERFUL GOD, I need to see even a slight bit of evidence that he is even there.

In response to the many ex-mormon-turned-atheist bloggers out there, I would like to provide a sampling of the compelling evidence from creation science research regarding the existence of God. Before I do that, though, I think it’s important to keep in mind that atheism is also a religion and is based on faith the same as any other religion. It is not a purely naturalistic response to the evidence surrounding us. It is interesting that one of the bloggers I cited above admitted “there is overwhelming evidence that the human mind is predisposed to perceive the presence of a God.”

A Christian could take this as evidence that God exists and that this phenomenon matches well with what Scripture says “that which may be known of God is manifest in [humans]; for God hath showed it to them” (Romans 1:19). This phenomenon of the mind being predisposed to perceive the presence of God also makes sense if the Scripture is true that says we are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and that “God is a spirit” (John 4:24).

As for the blogger who states “If I am going to believe in an ALL POWERFUL GOD, I need to see even a slight bit of evidence that he is even there,” I would direct you to take another look at the giraffe, the Bombardier Beetle, and the Duckbill Platypus. If you can explain to me how the complexity of DNA codes in living organisms came about as a process of random selection that arose out of chaos and how you resolve the particular problems these and many other animals create for evolutionary theory, I might be inclined to take a second look at your evidence. But, frankly, I cannot find any compelling evidence for the religion of atheism. I would put the question to you and ask you how you disprove the compelling evidence that exists for a Creator:

Is there really a God? from answersingenesis.org

Evidence for God from Institute for Creation Research

Existence of God from All About Creation

A Former Atheist Gives Six Reasons to Believe in God

Lee Strobel, an investigative journalist, set out to prove that God did not exist and ended up becoming a born-again Christian. He has now written compelling books filled with evidences for the existence of God, Jesus, and the Bible. He believes that the answer to the question of whether or not God exists is not handled by a single argument, but rather that one has to “consider lots of different issues and see whether or not the answers one gets add up to a total picture that makes sense.”

I would challenge any agnostic or atheist to watch the following videos and then provide evidence to prove to me that a God does not exist in spite of the compelling evidence presented herein:

The Privileged Planet

The Case for the Creator

Unlocking the Mystery of Life

If you are turned off by scriptural references or evidence from creation science research, I would encourage you to read The Scientific Case Against Evolution by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. wherein the author uses only reason, scientific evidence, and the evolutionists’ direct quotes to show that evolution is not supported by scientific evidence and “is not science, but religious faith in atheism.” He shows how atheists believe in evolution in spite of the evidence and provides quotes where they admit they are deceiving people with their evidence. Speaking of the trust students place in their highly educated college professors, a physicist says:

And I use that trust to effectively brainwash them. . . . our teaching methods are primarily those of propaganda. We appeal — without demonstration — to evidence that supports our position. We only introduce arguments and evidence that supports the currently accepted theories and omit or gloss over any evidence to the contrary.

How is this any different from the claims of ex-mormons regarding the agenda of the LDS church that they are trying to escape? If ex-mormons are concerned with getting the real truth, they won’t find it in the “a priori adherence to material causes…for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door.” I thought science was supposed to be concerned with forming hypotheses based on the observable natural phenomena and not about covering up or hiding information that contradicts the biases of the scientist.

My hope and prayer is that those who have been damaged by the LDS religion will not stop investigating the truth. If you were once deceived by the religion of the Latter Day Saints, how do you know you are not being deceived by the religion of atheism?

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