There comes a time in every man’s life when he must discover for himself what he believes about his place in the universe and the meaning of his existence.
The answers to those questions will in a very fundamental way determine who you are and who you will become.
I understand that atheism is a fashionable choice these days, particularly among the young. Youth, with all its confidence, often chooses a path different than its forebears’ simply because it is different and satisfies a desire to make your own mark. But these choices are too important to let them hang on a rebellious whim.
If you are considering atheism, there are facts you must understand.
First and foremost, atheism is without a doubt a religion. Many atheists will hotly deny this assertion, but it is true atheism is a religion like any other, by any reasonable standard.
It requires of its adherents a belief about the origin of the universe (big bang), the origin of the myriad forms of life (evolution), and the origin of mankind (apes).
It makes assertions about the nature of man (chemical), the soul (an illusion created by the brain) and what happens when you die (“you” disappears forever).
Atheists even have ministers and churches, easily discoverable on Google. And they evangelize interminably, even using traveling missionaries like Richard Dawkins.
Atheism believes the universe is fundamentally random and draws the conclusion that there is no standard of truth, that all beliefs about truth are relative and defined only by culture.
From that, it follows that there can be no standard of morality. Because life is just an assemblage of electrochemical reactions, there can be no free will either, only the illusion of it. You were born how you are, and nothing can change that.
The only natural forces ruling human behavior are power and the rule of survival of the fittest.
Many atheists recoil at the talk about man’s lack of will and the nihilism it engenders, being unwilling to follow the logic of their own beliefs to its inevitable conclusion.
In fact, you will find most atheists borrow bits of their moral code, if any, from those non-atheists around them, even going so far as to say that atheists are moral people because they follow the law of the land, a position which amounts in practice to nothing more than “do what you will, but don’t get caught.” It’s a morality based on the fear of what the neighbors might think.
Still, there are plenty of atheists who will pretend that because they don’t believe in God that theirs is somehow a “nonreligion,” a logical impossibility if ever there was one. Many world religions require no belief in God or gods, yet that does not make them “nonreligions.” Atheism’s most basic tenet is a positive belief that God does not exist.
It’s an accepted point of logic that you cannot prove a negative, so in that way the atheists are revealed as being just as reliant upon a leap of faith as any Bible-believing Christian or Jew.
Cornered thus, an atheist will likely turn to the “lack of evidence” ploy, demanding that God show himself, preferably in the form of a burning bush or giant hand, on command as if putting a token into a video arcade.
There is the extant story of a Marine who went back to college. One day in class, the atheist professor went on a rant, stood on a stool and said, “If God exists, then he’ll knock me off this stool.” So the Marine stood up and pushed the professor off the stool, saying, “God sent me to set you straight.”
When an atheist says there is a lack of evidence for God’s existence, he’s betraying his ignorance of the very concept he criticizes. The God of the Christian and the Jew is the Creator of the universe. Therefore, all the universe contains and is in itself evidence for God’s existence. When an atheist claims “lack of evidence,” he is really saying that he has made up his mind that there can be no evidence of God’s existence because he has already decided God doesn’t exist.
But the atheists’ circular reasoning and ignorance doesn’t stop there. It is fully on display when the subject turns to the Bible, a book atheists speak about endlessly yet seldom if ever study.
Indeed, atheists have lists of dozens or even hundreds of supposed Bible contradictions of the form of “it says X in Leviticus, but it says Y in Mark; which is it?” Yet every single one of the alleged contradictions evaporates with the simple acknowledgement that the Bible is not one book but a collection, written by many different authors in many times and places, each with their own purposes and styles of writing. Saying one book of the Bible contradicts another is like saying conrad contradicts Twain on the subject of riverboats.
Atheists get a lot of mileage from picking and choosing quotes out of context. Such selective editing has led to some of the most absurd propositions, such as that the Bible promotes slavery, rape and killing. I won’t spend time on a Bible lesson at this moment, but any serious study of the Bible will quickly demonstrate the misrepresentations and fallacious reasoning of the atheists.
Once deprived of their anti-biblical propaganda, atheists will likely fall back on science, or more accurately, scientism. The atheists’ use of science is, like their use of the Bible, a technique that relies upon the ignorance of the hearer to be successful.
True science is a tool for guiding inquiry into the workings of the universe and deriving facts. It is not a source of “truth,” which is to say it must not be used as dogma, precisely the way it is used by atheists. You’ve probably heard it in classrooms and elsewhere: “evolution is fact,” “global warming is fact,” etc. They are not facts, they are conclusions derived from specific sets of data. Other people can and do derive different conclusions, just as reasonable, just as defensible.
We’re not talking just about creationism here, which is the great bogeyman of the atheists in public education. But around the world, scientists in other countries teach variations on evolution, forms of intelligent design and other theories that sound strange to American ears. Even in the U.S., Darwin does not represent the current thinking of evolutionists, his notion of gradual changes from one species to another having long ago been shown to be at variance with the fossil record.
Yet Darwinism is the atheist dogma that has been inflicted on our science classrooms by political and judicial fiat. American students consistently come in near the bottom in comparisons of nations’ scientific education. Atheistic dogmatism cloaked in the language of science must shoulder much of the blame.
The final refuge for the evangelizing atheist is an appeal to what passes in his mind for logic. Abusing the principle of Ockham’s Razor, the atheist will likely insist that the simplest conclusion to questions about God, the universe and life is that God does not exist.
But such a conclusion defies what is known about the universe, that every “effect” has a cause, even the universe itself. Atheists say that cause is the big bang, but they avoid addressing what would have caused the big bang, or if they do address it, they begin to speak of parallel universes and other dimensions, apparently hoping to extend the beginning of everything so far back that you will give up asking the question out of frustration or boredom. To cite the old Hindu parable, it’s turtles all the way down.
If at this point you suggest God as the cause of the universe, atheists lash out with “who created God?” But once again, that betrays the atheist’s ignorance of the subject of which he is so critical.
If the universe is incapable of creating itself, then the logical conclusion is that it was created by something that would qualify as the First Cause. Logically, that something must be: A) not part of the universe (individual); B) not itself created (eternal); C) the source of all space (omnipresent); D) the source of all energy and matter (omnipotent). Thomas Aquinas elaborated on this Aristotelian-inspired concept as the Unmoved Mover. Paul Tillich referred to “the ground of all being.” As centuries of scholars have acknowledged, God is a logical necessity.
There are consequences to atheistic beliefs, some of which I’ve already suggested. But perhaps the most important is this. In Judaeo-Christian belief, man is a unique creation. He is special. Even in his fallen state, he is beloved by God to the point that we can receive his grace and forgiveness.
In atheistic perspective, not only is there no God to forgive us our most horrible sins, but there is nothing at all special about man. Man is an animal, his behavior governed by external stimuli and internal chemical processes. Free will doesn’t exist, so choices are irrelevant and responsibility is not even on the table.
In Judaeo-Christian thought, men have rights because of God’s love. Those rights are conferred by God and are inherent and inseparable from us.
For the atheist, if you have any rights at all, they come from the state, and they are subject to the whims of the state. In fact, your very existence is only tolerated, and it may legitimately be ended if you are no longer useful. For the atheist who fully embraces his beliefs, the Holocaust is a historical footnote of no moral consequence.
Atheism, taken to its logical conclusion, can only lead to one end result: enslavement of the human race under the boots of the powerful.
The atheist will certainly cry foul at the mere mention of this truth, but you have only to look at modern history to verify the claim: Pol Pot, Chairman Mao, Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro and many others. More than 100 million people have been slaughtered in the name of the state religion of atheism.
Ah, but what about the Inquisition, Salem Witch Trials and Crusades, the atheist will say in a last-ditch effort to drag everyone down to his level.
It’s true there have been many instances of nominal Christians behaving as rampaging murderers and thieves. But when Christ established his church, he made very clear he had no room for hypocrites. Those who behave as pagans or barbarians are not followers of Christ, no matter how they invoke his name, what costume they wear or how much they donate to the church.
The final decision on which religion you will follow is intensely personal and is your choice. I would commend to you, however, the Bible, a trustworthy guide when studied and understood properly. It is, I conclude, the most accurate of all the world’s holy books as well as the most firmly supported by external evidence, whether it be by the writings of Josephus or archaeological digs in Syria. Time and again, historical, archaeological and other materials have proven assertions in the Bible.
I would also offer one last piece of advice, and that is to pray as you go on your spiritual journey. Pray that your heart and mind should be open to truth, and you will find it.