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Atheism is Really Meism – “I Can’t See Anyone Greater than Me”

What is “meism”? Simply stated: it is pride. Pride speaks of entitlement: If God exists, He owes me big-time. God should serve me; He should pay homage to me. God is the one who should be asking me for forgiveness for placing me in this mess.

“Pride is the delusion that God, if he exists, is awfully lucky I’ve shown up and should mind his p’s and q’s lest I change my mind (Buchanan, Rest of God).” What’s even worse in a broken world filled with broken people, is that pride has the audacity to say “Not even God is good enough or big enough or smart enough to sort out the mess I’ve made or stumbled into.” Therefore, I will conclude that He does not exist.

C. S. Lewis called pride the “Great Sin.” We have come up against something which is immeasurably superior to ourselves in God. Self becomes the center. A smug sense of self-righteousness hides the fact that we are totally obsessed with ourselves. Says Lewis: “Someone who is so proud and so wrapped up in himself and so capable of rationalizing anything could not possibly see something greater than himself.” If we are a prisoner of our pride, confession to God’s existence is impossible. There is no greater need than when we think we have no need.

Pride is conceit, arrogance, an inflated opinion of one’s own importance, power and ability. It fosters the idea that we’re self-sufficient and don’t need anyone, not even God. Some even have an air of superiority, a win-at-any-cost determination, a pursuit of glory, power, and control over people, especially those they are prejudiced against. Self rules.

Frank Sinatra’s chart topping song is not the right foundation to approach the deeper questions of life, but atheists choose to live it out anyway. “I Did It My Way” “Now, the end is near, So I face the final curtain – My friends, I’ll say it clear, state my case of which I’m certain. I’ve lived a life that’s full, And traveled each, and every highway – And more, much more than this I did it my way.”

The only problem? It’s Meism. Madeleine L’Engle, calls it “serpent hissing pride.” It’s flamboyant and it will never lead you to a new life where God answers the deeper questions on which your life can be based.

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Why are there so many Atheism Blogs?

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.

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How Do I Miss God? – An Ancient Poet Answers

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?”

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Idolatry and Pride

Brennan ManningPride is conceit, arrogance, an inflated opinion of one’s own importance, power and ability. It fosters the idea that we’re self-sufficient and don’t need anyone. It’s idolatry at the altar of self. We have lost intimacy with God and found self as a replacement and we are broken because of it. Some are blatant, some are veiled, but all have fallen at the altar of “Almighty Me”. For some, there’s a swagger, even an air of superiority, a win-at-any-cost determination, a pursuit of glory, power, and control over people, especially those they are prejudiced against. It nauseates us. Others are veiled in their idolatrous pride, obsessed with physical attractiveness, wealth, knowledge, and social status. Says Brennan Manning “Honesty requires the truthfulness to admit the attachment and addictions that control our attention, dominate our consciousness, and function as false gods. I can be addicted to vodka or to being nice, to marijuana or being loved, to cocaine or being right, to gambling or relationships, to golf or gossiping. Perhaps my addiction is food, performance, money, popularity, power, revenge, reading, television, tobacco, weight, or winning. When we give anything more priority than we give to God, we commit idolatry (84).” Whether blatant or veiled, either way, our hearts are broken by our wounded self. And part of the tyranny of sin is that we’re blind to all of it.

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Mulish Pride

J Budziszewski

J Budziszewski

J. Budziszewski, now a Christian professor at the University in Texas, shares his story How to Stay Christian in College (Th1nk Edition). At the age of ten, he committed his life to Jesus Christ and was baptized. As a teenager, he was not a mature believer, but he was enthusiastic about his faith. But he fell away from faith while in college. He said, “My politics became a kind of substitute religion. During my student years I had also committed certain sins that I didn’t want to repent. Because the presence of God made me more and more uncomfortable, I began looking for reasons to believe that He didn’t exist. Then again, once I lost hold of God, things started going wrong in my life, and disbelieving in Him seemed a good way to get back at Him…. All of this gives you a clue to the main reason I lost faith in God: sheer, mulish pride. I didn’t want God to be God; I wanted J. Budziszewski to be God…. I now believe that without God, everything goes wrong…. How then did God bring me back? I came, over time, to feel a greater and greater horror about myself – an overpowering sense that my condition was terribly wrong…. The next few years after my conversion were like being in a dark attic – one I had been in for a long time, but in which shutter after shutter was being thrown back to that great shafts of light began to stream in and illuminate the dusty corners. I recovered whole memories, whole feelings, whole way of understanding that I had blocked out. As I look back, I am in awe that God has permitted me to make any contribution to His kingdom at all. But He promises that if only the rebel turns to Jesus Christ in repentant faith, giving up claims of self-ownership and allowing this Jesus, the Christ, the run of the house, He will redeem everything there is in it. And he did.”

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