If there was no God, there'd be no reason to be an Atheist.
Matter itself is not evil, nor is it the source of evil. The source of evil is ethical, not metaphysical. It is not due to some inherent weakness or lack in the creation; it is due rather to the freely-willed decisions of moral beings. Evil enters when the good things of God's creation are used for the wrong ends or are made ends in themselves, as when one's appetites become his god (Philippians 3:19).
"Abraham in Canaan was like a stranger in a strange land. His dress, his appearance, his mannerisms, his accent permitted everyone to recognize that he was an alien in the land. The implication of the preacher's statement is that Abraham's life-style, his values, and his goals were determined not by his surroundings but by the vision of God and an unwavering conviction that God had called him through a word of promise.
Lane, William L. Hebrews: A Call To Commitment. Regent College Publishing. 2004. p152.
Concerning the paradoxes of the incarnation of Christ, Sam Storms wrote the following:
"The Word became flesh!
"Many people today, including many Christians, simply do not read or think deeply at all. And when believers do read, they tend to browse self-help books or other literature that is not intellectually engaging. I once wrote a piece for what is most likely the top Christian periodical of the last thirty years, and I was warned to keep my prose to about an eighth-grade level. How far we have come since the time of Joseph Butler (1692-1752) when, as one historian put it, the church could still out-think her critics."
"The Son of man, who is the Servant of the Lord, who is the Man of God's right hand, who is the people of the saints of the Most High, who is the vine which God brought out of Egypt, who is the end of the whole human race, is first brought very low and then, by grace of God, exalted to glory."
"Take a good look at Calvary; get the cross distinctly photographed upon your eyeballs; behold the five wounds and the bloody sweat. The whole gospel was hung on the cross. It was all there; the battle and the victory, the price and the purchase, the doom and the deliverance, the cross and the crown."
"God is certainly not a cultural elitist, and He does not love intellectuals more than anyone else. But it needs to be said in the same breath that ignorance is not a Christian virtue if those virtues mirror the perfection of God's own character."
Think you the disciples were happy men because they had seen their risen Lord and believed? They were far happier when they had attained to such clear insight into the whole mystery of redemption.
"Nothing is so firmly believed as that which hath once been doubted."
We would like to share some worth-while quotes from various authors to make you pause and consider different aspects of what God's Word teaches.