I believe that, if the atheist did not know the Gospel truth, he would not go to such an extreme of denying God. After all, who has ever run away from someone that they know does not exist? Atheists are no more than run away children. They hate God. They hate the house of God, the rules of God; they despise anything at all to do with God.
The truth is, however, atheists are not children of God at all. As the old song says, “To be God’s children, you’ve got to be born again.” The atheist is like an orphaned child who refuses to be adopted. He has been on his own ever since he can remember, doing whatever he sets his mind to do; however, now there is someone who wants to change that. He refuses. He says, “This is my life. I am going to do what I want to do when I want to do it, and you cannot stop me. Who do you think you are to try to take over my life?!”
An atheist might see the above situation and say, “Why, those people are just trying to help that child. Who does he think he is to refuse such love”? My friend, if you are an atheist and you just made that statement, I am here today to tell you that you are an utter hypocrite. You have been doing the same thing with God for years. Galatians 3:26 says, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” He wants nothing more than to save you, protect you, deliver you, yet you have refused Him.
Romans 5:8 says that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” The wonder of Christianity is that God loves the people that hate Him the most. My friend, if bloody Calvary cannot convince you of His love for you, there is nothing in this world that can. Ray Comfort wisely said that “when you reject God’s mercy in Jesus Christ, you aren’t rejecting a religion. You are rejecting the most precious thing in the universe--life itself.” Romans 5:12 says that “through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all [have] sinned.” However, Jesus said in John 10:10, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
While sin can only bring death, Jesus can only bring life. He died and then rose on the third day, defeating Hell and the grave. Because of His redeeming love, you can be set free from sin to experience life eternal. My friend, the Father really does know what is best for you. If you will repent of your sin and confess Jesus Christ as Lord of your life, he will save you today and keep you saved forever.