Why are there so many atheism blogs? I saw recently how one guy collects them all in one place so you can “feed” on a life without God, literally hundreds of blog links, enough reading for several years.
My question is: Why? Why this persistent, diligent pursuit to prove or convince themselves and others that there is no God. Something I read some time ago seems to address this question.
Charles Colson tells about Irina Ratushinskaya, a young girl in the Soviet Union years ago. She was trained in Communist schools and indoctrinated in atheism. She said she could never figure out why her teachers all pitched such a furious battle against someone they said didn’t exist. “God doesn’t exist.” Irina began to question: “Can’t they tell they are giving themselves away? Adults tell you there are no gremlins or ghosts. They tell you once or twice, and that’s it. But with God, they tell you over and over again. So He must exist – and He must be very powerful for them to fear Him so greatly.”
You see, something inside is telling the atheistic bloggers – God really does exist. Rather than yield to his love, the atheist will convince himself/herself that God doesn’t exist and in so doing, proves that he in fact does exist, but that they are unwilling to acknowledge it. The sheer volume of atheistic blogs testify to the existence of one they refuse to acknowledge due to mulish pride.
The fool [a fool is one who convinces himself that he knows more than he really knows and doesn’t really need to ask questions] says in his heart, [This is not a private conclusion that he/she comes to and keeps to themselves; it is an act of the will that he continues to say over and over again.] “There is no God.”
God will have no place in my life. A person can ask “Is there a God?” and not be a fool. A person can ask “If there is a God, can I know him?” and not be a fool. A person can go through extreme heartache, and wonder if there is a god. These are legitimate questions. But a person who looks around them and still they conclude as an act of their will that there is no God, that person is a fool, according to an ancient poet (Psalm 14:1). A fool is not stupid or intellectually dull; he’s self-willed, despite the evidence. If you think believing in God is by faith, try disbelieving in Him based on all the evidence. It takes a far greater faith to do so. People often ask the question, “How do I find God?” The question that I want to ask is “How do you miss Him?”
Henry Morris talks about the First Cause. Everything that exists is the result of a chain of events which has its root in some omnipotent First Cause. Furthermore, by studying the effects or all that we see around us, we can draw some implications about the First Cause. Simply put, says Morris “…Since the universe appears almost limitless in extent, the First Cause must be virtually infinite. Since the universe appears almost endless in duration, the First Cause must be virtually eternal. Since the universe pulsates with energy, the First Cause must be virtually omnipotent. Since the universe in phenomenally complex and contains intelligent life, the First Cause must be virtually omniscient. Since the universe (namely man) contains feeling and emotions and love and human relations, the First Cause must be personal. Since the universe contains goodness and righteousness and love and justice, the First Cause must be moral.”
“Thus reasoning from cause-and-effect leads us to conclude that the great First Cause of all things is an infinite, eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, personal, emotional, moral, spiritual, living Being. (Morgan, Beyond Reasonable Doubt!: Evidence for the Truth of Christianity).” This first cause is a Creative Artist who goes beyond the functional into the imagination and delights in it.
God has given to us some boundaries that steer us away from the dangerous precipice and that help us to do relationships and life. And they are Ten(der) Boundaries. They are not harsh, nor are they unnecessarily restrictive. Some people know them as the Ten Commandments. But they are really the Ten(der) Commandments (to grab a line from Ron Mehl). In fact, it has been illustrated time and time again that we don’t break these Ten(der) Boundaries; they break us. When we break or violate them, we break a heart – God’s heart, and we break a life – our life. When we throw ourselves against them and the kind of life they advocate, our lives are shattered and our culture crumbles. When we ignore the boundaries we pay a price, and people we love pay a price, and people we don’t love pay a price. God gave us boundaries not to hurt us but to help us; not to hamper us but to release us; not to punish us but to protect us; not to nag but to enable us.
G. K. Chesterton said that when people cease to believe in God, it is commonly supposed that they believe in nothing. But it actually is far worse than this, asserts Chesterton. “They believe in anything.”
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl, author of Man’s Search for Meaning, argued that no human being should ask what the meaning of life is, but must recognize that it is each of us who is asked, and we can only answer with our own lives. We do not question life, but rather life questions us. The responsibility to find and live a meaningful life requires that we commit to a worldview. You’ve got one shot at this deal called life. You are going to give yourself to something in life. All people give themselves to something. They give themselves to pleasure or possessions or popularity or bank accounts or power, but always to something. What is that great something going to be for you? If you are searching for a worldview on which to base your life, then I humbly submit the Christian worldview. In this worldview, that great something is actually a Someone and eventually He answers all our questions. But in the interim, He simply offers Himself as the answer to life’s purpose and meaning.
I remember hearing of a young lady from Fremont, California who scored a perfect score on an SAT exam, a test often required of those who are planning on going to college. She never missed a question. And she also scored a perfect score on the rigorous University of California acceptance index. Some time later, they asked this intelligent, bright young lady, “What is the meaning of life?” She replied: “I have no idea.” With no disrespect intended for this gifted young lady, she is characteristic of her generation. Millions of young Americans have grown up in America and have been given material blessings, educational opportunities, fantastic medical care, entertainment visual affects, and yet we have failed to teach them who they are and what they’re put here to do.
Here’s the question I would like to ask John, and Barak, and CEO’s, and celebrities, and political figures, and religious leaders…
What do you think the purpose of life is?