The term first came into use in the 17th century in order to indicate people who inquired into the basis of traditional religious beliefs.
Freethought (or "free thought") is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that positions regarding truth should be formed on the basis of logic, reason, and empiricism, rather than authority, tradition, revelation, or other dogma. In particular, freethought is strongly tied with rejection of traditional religious belief.
In the Bible it states: "After being baptized, Jesus immediately came up from the water; and look! the heavens were opened up, and he saw God’s spirit descending like a dove and coming upon him. Look! Also, a voice from the heavens said: “This is my Son, the beloved, whom I have approved.”
Who were there at that time? The Bible answers.
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Ju·deʹa.
Then the people of Jerusalem and all Ju·deʹa and all the country around the Jordan were going out to him.
Many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the baptism.
Atheists say they have no proof of God. Some say that if, for example, God were to speak from heaven, they would believe.
Is that really true?
As mentioned above, God spoke from heaven when many people and some religious leaders were present. Did it make them believe? No!