Atheist—A person who denies or disbelieves the existence of a supreme being or beings.
Do you have knowledge of everything? Do you have all knowledge?
If not, how can you be sure that the knowledge of God doesn’t exist outside of your realm of knowledge?
Unless you have all knowledge, it is not reasonable to claim to be an atheist. Without all knowledge it is only reasonable to have some doubt. This doubt means that you are not an atheist, but an agnostic.
Agnostic—One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.
Does not the order of the universe—from the most minute particles to the celestial bodies—speak of order not chaos?
Does not the complexity of living organisms from single cells to the human species speak of intelligent design?
Is it reasonable to ignore the testimony of all we observe and experience?
If there is evidence, as well as testimony from many creditable sources to the existence of God and to His intervention into the affairs of man, would you not be wise to research the possibility?
Theist–Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal god as creator and ruler of the world.
Did you know that there are only three major religions that teach belief in a personal God as creator and ruler? Islam, Judaism and Christianity are the three.
All three recognize the lost state of man. Islam and Judaism offer no atonement—no redemption—for lost man. Can God be justified in forgiving the sin debt that we all owe without a payment? Shall He who teaches righteousness not do right?
Only Christianity offers a reasonable plan whereby a loving God suffers to provide for the just redemption of repentant mankind.
Consider the reason the God of the three mentioned religions had for this creation—His plan; His motive. Does Islam or Judaism even offer a reason? Christianity offers God’s plan to bring many, who by faith and choice have accepted Him, into His eternal family by adoption. The God of Christianity loves His creation and even while they are in rebellion extents to them abundant mercies, desiring their repentance.
If there is a personal God who is creator and ruler, would He not have a reason for His creation; would He not care for His creation?
The God of Christianity has often been misrepresented as being three. The God of Christianity is one God manifesting Himself in three ways—the heavenly Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. These manifestations exist concurrently & exclusive of each other. We are in His likeness (Genesis 1:26) body, soul and spirit—three manifestations. It is much the same as H2O being a gas—steam; a liquid—water; or a solid—ice; but it is always H2O. The misrepresentation of the God of Christianity being three Gods has greatly hindered many seekers. The Christian’s God is One (Mark 12:29).
In summary, God should have a purpose for creation; a reasonable plan for bringing about His purpose; and a sense of caring for His creation.
Christian–Professing belief in Jesus as Christ and following the religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus.
Remember that just as you became a Christian by God’s grace through your faith (Galatians 2:8-9), you are kept by God’s grace through your faith (1 Peter 1: 5).
Remember that we are not to love the things of the world (1 John 2:15-17), but are to deny ourselves and to follow Him (Luke 9:23).
Remember that life is full of troubles even for a Christian (John 16:33), but He will never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He will be with you. We are also encouraged to cast all our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7).