Good morning everyone! Here is a Throwback Thursday post from April of last year.
If you take a minute to scroll through the comments you should come away understanding why I no longer spend time endlessly entertaining skeptics.
“If atheism is true, it is far from being good news. Learning that we’re alone in the universe, that no one hears or answers our prayers, that humanity is entirely the product of random events, that we have no more intrinsic dignity than non-human and even non-animate clumps of matter, that we face certain annihilation in death, that our sufferings are ultimately pointless, that our lives and loves do not at all matter in a larger sense, that those who commit horrific evils and elude human punishment get away with their crimes scot free — all of this (and much more) is utterly tragic.”
I try to make to make the case, as many great atheist philosophers have done in the past, that the atheistic worldview is devoid of rhyme, reason, justice, meaning, and purpose.
I don’t write these things to win debates, to be right, or to prove that my religious beliefs are superior to others but instead to get people to think about the consequences of their atheism in a way they might not have before.
Atheism is not only a choice, it’s a bad one that disregards both our basic human needs and God’s desire for us to know Him.
We’re all given clues that prompt us to seek God.
We all wonder how the universe got here and why we ourselves are here.
We all wonder if there’s a larger meaning or purpose to life.
People can choose to act on these clues by praying and continuing to ask questions and look for answers.
Those who have exposure to Christianity can investigate it by talking with Christians, attending church, reading the Bible, etc. We continually make choices about whether we will seek God and draw closer to him or not: we choose to do right or wrong, to think and talk about God or not, to pray or not, etc.
These are the choices God will hold us accountable for.
As I said in the headline, atheists can chose to believe whatever they want, they have free will.
What they cannot do however is deny the fact that their choice does nothing to diminish the absolute truth that we all need God and need what only God can provide.
We Need: Wisdom
We all know that we lack knowledge. Many of us wish there was someone very wise and mature that we could confide in and ask advice of, but no human knows everything or has experienced much more than a century of life. Even the people we respect and think of as wise are busy with their own lives; we can’t interrupt them at any hour of the day or night and expect them to listen to all our problems.
God is of course omniscient and perfectly wise, but furthermore he is always available and willing to teach us wisdom (Jas 1:5, Mt 7:7-11). He’s also provided the Bible to teach us and help us make wise decisions, specifically books like Proverbs and the New Testament Epistles (letters) (Pr 1:1-7, Ps 119:98-100, 104-105).
We Need: Moral behavior
We all want to be better people, yet we know that we aren’t perfect and often do wrong. If we try to become better people on our own, we’ll inevitably fail. If we realize our limitations and turn to God for help, he is willing and able to enable us to overcome those limitations, resist temptation and do what is right (Rom 7:15-25)
We Need: Justice
Who hasn’t complained that life is unfair? Most of us want equality and justice in the world. We wish life were like the stories we read as children, where things turned out well for the heroes and the villains were brought to justice. Instead, we see the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer, and people in general continue to be selfish and apathetic.
God is the one who gave us this longing for justice, for he endowed us with consciences. He will ultimately give just punishment to those who deserve it (after giving them a lifetime on Earth to repent), and those who accept him will live in a place where there is no evil or suffering (Mt 13:41, Rev 21:1-4, 22-27).
We Need: Unconditional love and friendship
We want to be known and understood completely, and loved even if our deepest failings are revealed. Yet no human completely knows another, for everyone has things they don’t reveal to even their closest friends, and things they don’t even know about themselves. Likewise, no one is perfect, and no one can love another person perfectly.
We Need: Fulfillment
Nearly everyone has a reason to get out of bed in the morning, and many people say they’re happy without God. But what about fulfillment: an inner peace even in the midst of difficult circumstances, a certain knowledge of the meaning and purpose of one’s life despite one’s mortality, a true sense that our deepest needs have been met (as opposed to the temporary satisfaction of wealth, entertainment, success, praise, etc. that ultimately leaves one craving more)?
God created us for a purpose, and we will find fulfillment and peace when we do what he designed us to do, namely be in relationship with him and love and worship him. It was because of this fulfillment that Paul could write the letter to the Philippians, rejoicing while he was in prison and saying, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Php 4:12-13).
(h/t Rational Christianity)