The Unreasonableness of Atheism

Mar 24, 2015 by

Once the sun quarreled with the moon. The sun said, “The leaves on trees are green,” whereas the moon said that they are the color of silver. The moon asserted that men on earth generally sleep, whereas the sun said that usually all men are moving.

The moon asked, “Then why is there such a silence on earth?” Who told you this?” the sun answered. “On earth there is much noise.” The strife lasted for a long time.

And the the wind came; he listened to the debate and smiled. “Your quarrel is in vain. I blow when there is sun and when the moon shines. During the day, when the sun shines on the earth, everything happens just as the sun said. There is noise on earth and men work and the leaves are green. By night, when the moon rises, everything is changed. Men sleep, silence reigns, and the color of the leaves changes to silver. Sometimes, when a cloud cover the moon, they even look black. Neither you, sun, nor you, moon, know the whole truth.”

Atheists look at the material side of things and believe they encompass all reality. Buddhists believe that mind is the only reality and that the material world belongs to Maya, the sphere of illusion. But the Bible uses, in Hebrew as well as in Greek, the same word for “spirit” as for “wind.” It blows at all times, from many quarters. Those who have the Spirit of God see the whole of reality. They cannot limit themselves to either the materialist philosophy or the idealist one.

Most philosophers have individual points of view from which they look at reality. But every point of view is a point of blindness: it incapacitates us from every other point of view. By avoiding particular points of view we are able to have an intuition of the whole.

Feuerbach said, “It is clear as the sun and evident as the day that there is no God; and still more, that there can be no God.” It is not religion which asserts absolute clearness, but atheism. If the non-existence of God is as “clear as the sun,” how is it that all mankind (without exception) acknowledges the existence of the sun, but not all mankind subscribes to the assertion of Feuerbach that there is no God?

Not even Darwin, the great favorite of atheists, could adhere to it. He wrote, “The impossibility of conceiving that this grand and wondrous universe with our conscious selves arose through chance, seem to me the chief argument for the existence of God.”

For atheists, atheism is self-evident. Then why the need to propagate the obvious? Christians do not consider Christianity as self-evident as the fact that two and two are four. If it were so, there would be no atheists. We find some of the attitudes of atheists sensible. There is a place in our understanding for them. Atheism has only atheism and denies to religion every right to exist. Therefore, it is not sensible.

 

-Excerpted from “The Answer to the Atheists Handbook” by Richard Wurmbrand

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