Atheist, Mark D, as he fervently kicks against the goads in his defense of Satan and the hopelessness that is Atheism, stated: “Christians believe in spiritual warfare. Angels and demons fight it out, while tempting humans. Isn’t that utterly ridiculous?”
Christian response to Mark,
The Truth of the Spiritual World and Spiritual Warfare is only ridiculous to the one deceived by naturalism via the lies of Darwinism. Our entire existence in Time is predicated upon the Spiritual Word; in fact, the origin of matter, the most basic building-block relevant to the presence of our Universe and the human genome, finds its origin in the Spiritual World.
Our Creator took elements only available in the Spiritual World and formed them into matter that is visible/apprehended by the senses concerning life constrained within the realm of Time (Hebrews 11:3); this is why mankind, cognitively constrained by Time and The Fall of Adam/the fallen-nature, will NEVER define origin of matter. Though scientists desperately seek an answer to the origin of our Universe, they search in vain because the genesis of matter is not visible, testable, verifiable, repeatable, via the laws of physics and the scientific method. The origin of matter finds it genesis in the Spiritual World and the intricate details relevant to God’s work in this area is unknowable by mankind (Job 36:26).
God is a Spirit…
God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and human kind is created in His spiritual image (Genesis 1:26) and every human being is simply a spirit encapsulated within a body of flesh; the human body being essential for interaction within the constraints of the Realm of Time and the physical laws that define same (Ecclesiastes 12:7; 2 Corinthians 5:8). Upon death of the human body in Time, the spirit of mankind will transition home to Eternity/the Spiritual World; the destiny-location of the disembodied/cognizant spirit of man subsequent to death of the body will be wholly dependent upon what one has decided in the Age of Grace relevant to Jesus Christ as Lord.
What happens when you die?
If one dies having truly believed in Jesus as Lord, they are instantaneously translated into the presence of God the Father (2 Corinthians 5:8). If one dies having rejected Jesus Christ as Lord for the mediation of sin, they are instantaneously translated to the region our Lord refers to as Hades-Sheol/Torments (Luke 16). It is in Hades that the unbelieving dead in their disembodied spirit, fully cognizant/aware, will await the Judgment of the Condemned to manifest subsequent to the Millennial Reign of Messiah-Yeshua/Jesus (Revelation 20:11-15).
Why will the Atheist not find life in God’s Kingdom?
The unfaithful, the unbelieving, those who have rejected Jesus Christ as Lord for the forgiveness of sin, will NOT be permitted to enter the Kingdom of God subsequent to death of the body because NOTHING IMPURE will be allowed to enter the Kingdom of God due to the destructive nature of SIN (Revelation 21:27).
Jesus and the Spiritual Realm…
Jesus Christ clearly articulated that His Kingdom is NOT of this Realm of Time…
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” John 18:36 (NASB)
Mankind is a spirit and is constrained by the flesh for only a short time (James 4:14) as we are in preparation for servitude in Eternity. Jesus has clearly stated that “many” will die in the body and die in Hell in destruction/futility for having rejected Him as Messiah for the forgiveness of sin (John 8:24). Jesus also said that only a “few” would actually find the path to life in Eternity i.e. grace through faith in Jesus as Lord (John 14:6). Jesus said…
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (NASB)
Why the unrepentant Atheist denies the Spiritual…
The atheist mocks the Spiritual World because their spiritual father, Satan, has blinded their mind so that they cannot see the glory of the Spiritual World and its paramount relevance in both our existence in Time and in Eternity (2 Corinthians 4:4). The atheist is deceived by naturalism that is the demonic tenet of Darwinian Evolutionary Theory which is the most profound and destructive HOAX-Ruse to manifest among mankind subsequent to Lucifer’s deception of Eve in The Garden. Evolutionary theory is a most effective progenitor of Atheism, Secularism, Moral Relativism, Humanism, Naturalism. It is the naturalistic ideology of the atheist that makes the Truth of the Spirit seem as foolishness to them thereby setting them on the path to death in sin and death in Hell in unbelief in Jesus Christ as Lord. It is written…
“But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.”1 Corinthians 2:14 (NASB)
The Spiritual World and our struggle with Satan, the demons, that were extricated from the Kingdom due to their SIN and placed upon this Earth to be dealt with apart from God’s Kingdom (Revelation 21:27; Luke 10:18; Ezekiel 28:11-17; Isaiah 14:12-15 ) is the focal point for our entire creation in Time and when the atheist denies this reality, they deny the foundation for all Truth and they deny/reject God’s Plan and His purposes for their life.
The atheist is a slave to their aberrant lust, a slave of Satan due to their rebellion of God’s authority over their life (Ephesians 2:1-4; Ephesians 4:17-19); therefore, in their continued rejection of Jesus Christ and their hatred for all things Spiritual, the atheist has been given-over to a debased mind to do those things and to believe those things which bring shame and indignation upon any people as the atheist revels in a lifestyle/ideology that will culminate in meaningless/futility in Hell lest they repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord (Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 16:26).
The most effective strategy employed by Satan in Time is his ability to convince mankind that he does not exist (1 Peter 5:8). In the Spiritual Warfare that is manifesting in Time as seen in the strife between Islam-Allah/Satan v. Israel-Yeshua/Creator, it is the atheist that has allied with Satan as the atheist seeks a similar fate as he in Eternity (Revelation 20:10).