One of the things atheists are told is that science can only test the natural world and has no means to test the supernatural.
In other words, we cannot prove or disprove gods … or in context the Christian god, Yahweh.
Absolutely correct, and as most people who are non-believers would attest they would probably consider themselves to be agnostic atheists.
If the theist wants the atheist to change – and aren’t they compelled to spread the Word? (sic) – then simply provide evidence that demonstrates the sincerity of their objective and the veracity of their claims.
At least provide the evidence that convinced them to become Christian.
Ah … but then we are back to things supernatural which cannot be tested by scientific means as they fall outside the natural world. Right?
Well, yes … and no.
According to the story, when Yahweh became flesh and entered the world through his son, Jesus he was in many ways constrained by the natural world, or at least obliged to work within the framework of the natural world. This is obvious as if there was another way Yahweh would have simply revealed Himself to every human in some supernatural manner. He didn’t. So we had to have Jesus.
Jesus was born, lived – and one can presume he slept, ate and used the toilet just like regular people – and of course he died. Or at least this is the claim.
Prior to dying he … He spent around 30 years living among humans until he began his mission – to save the Jews and bring them back to Yahweh.
As we can see, he was, in many ways just a regular bloke, working in the family business, doing carpentry and/or similar jobs one would associate with “handyman”; In his home village and likely up the road in Yapha. His mum and dad trying to keep his divine nature quiet from the neighbours etc.
Yes, he was a regular bloke. Except for miracles. The miracles he did. Not least of which was raising Lazarus from the dead.
And this is where we should expect to find evidence. Some independent attestation of the wondrous deeds he did. After all:
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
It’s in the bible, and the bible is the inspired Word of God, right?
And, yet, what do we have?
Not a word, not a whisper.
A god who lived among humans as a human and as a god for over thirty years and left no trace outside of a story?
There is absolutely nothing that can be checked. Nothing to back a single claim.
In this case absence of evidence is most definitely evidence of absence.
Evidence of miracles? Hmm …. I don’t think so.
And under such circumstances it is perfectly reasonable to draw the only logical conclusion.
The biblical character, Jesus of Nazareth is simply a work of fiction.