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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Finding God

May 19, 2010 by

Subject: Father John Powell

Father John Powell, a professor at Loyola  University in  Chicago, writes about a student in his Theology of Faith class named Tommy.

Some twelve years ago, I stood watching my university students file into the classroom for our first session in the Theology of Faith. That was the day I first saw Tommy.  My eyes and my mind both blinked. He was combing  his long flaxen hair, which hung six inches  below his  shoulders. It was the first time I had ever seen a  boy with hair that long. I guess it was just coming  into fashion then. I know in my mind that it isn’t what’s on your head but what’s in it that counts;  but on that day I was unprepared and my emotions flipped. I immediately filed Tommy under “S”  for strange… very strange.

Tommy turned out to be the “atheist in residence” in my Theology of Faith course.  He constantly objected to, smirked at, or whined about the  possibility of an unconditionally loving Father/God.  We lived with each other in relative peace for one  semester, although I admit he was for me at times  a serious pain in the back pew.  When he came up at the end of  the course to turn in his final exam, he asked in  a cynical tone, “Do  you think I’ll ever find God?”

I decided instantly on a little shock therapy. “No!” I said very emphatically.

“Why not,” he responded, “I thought  that was the product  you were pushing.”  I let him get five steps from the classroom door and then called  out, “Tommy! I don’t  think you’ll ever find Him, but I am absolutely certain that He  will find you!” He shrugged a little and left my class. I felt slightly disappointed at the thought that he had missed my clever line – He will find you!  At least I thought it was clever.

Later, I heard that Tommy had graduated, and I was duly grateful.  Then a sad report came. I heard that Tommy had terminal cancer. Before I could  search him out, he came to see me. When he walked into my office, his body was very badly wasted and the long hair had all fallen out as a result of chemotherapy.  But his eyes were bright and his  voice was firm, for the first time, I believe.

“Tommy, I’ve thought about you so often; I hear you are sick,” I blurted out. “Oh, yes,  very sick. I have cancer in both lungs. It’s a  matter of weeks.”  Tommy replied.

“Can you talk about it, Tom?” I asked. “Sure, what would you like to know?” he  replied.

“What’s it like to be only twenty-four and dying?”

“Well, it could be worse.”

“Like what?”

“Well, like being fifty and having no values or ideals,  like being fifty and thinking that booze, seducing women, and making money are the real biggies in life..”

I began to look through my mental file cabinet under “S” where I had filed Tommy as strange.  It seems as though everybody I try to reject by  classification, God sends back into my life to educate me.

“But what I really came to see you about,” Tommy  said,  “is something you said to me on the last day of class.”  (He remembered!)

He continued, “I asked you if you thought I would  ever find God and you said, ‘No!’ which surprised me.  Then you said, ‘But He will find  you.’ I  thought about that a lot, even though my search for God was hardly intense at that time. (My clever  line. He thought about that a lot!).

“But when the doctors removed a lump from my groin and  told me that it was malignant, that’s when I got serious about locating God. And when the malignancy  spread into my vital organs, I really began banging bloody fists against the bronze doors of heaven. But God did not come out. In fact, nothing happened. Did you ever try anything for a long time with great effort and with no success? You get psychologically glutted, fed up with trying. And then you  quit….. Well, one day I woke up, and instead of throwing a few more futile appeals over that high brick wall to a God who may be or may not be there, I just quit.  I decided  that I didn’t really care about God, about an after life, or anything like that. I decided to spend what time I had left doing something more profitable.

I thought about you and your class and I remembered something else you had said: “The essential sadness is to go through life without loving.  But it would be almost equally sad to go through life and leave this world without ever telling  those you loved that you had loved them.”

So, I began with the hardest one, my Dad. He was reading the newspaper when I approached him. “Dad.” “Yes, what?” he asked without lowering the newspaper. “Dad, I would like to talk with you.”

“Well, talk.” “I mean.  It’s really important.” The newspaper came down three slow inches. “What  is it?”

“Dad, I love you, I just wanted you to know that.” Tommy smiled at me and said it with obvious satisfaction, as though he felt a warm and secret joy flowing inside of him. “The newspaper fluttered to the floor. Then my father did two things I could never remember him ever doing before.  He cried and he hugged me. We talked all night, even though he had to go to work the next morning. It felt so good to be close to my father, to see his tears, to feel his hug, to hear him say that he loved me.”

“It was easier with my mother and little brother. They  cried with me, too, and we hugged each other, and started saying real nice things to each other.  We shared the things we had been keeping   secret for so  many years.

I was only sorry about one thing – that I had waited so  long.  Here I was, just beginning to open up to all the people I had actually been close to.”  Then, one day I turned around and God was there. He didn’t come to me when I pleaded with Him. I guess I was like an animal trainer holding out a hoop, “C’mon, jump through.  C’mon, I’ll give you three days,  three weeks.”

“Apparently God does things in His own way and at His own hour.  But the important thing is that He was there.  He found me!  You were right…..He found me even after I stopped looking for Him.”

“Tommy,” I practically gasped, “I think you are saying something very important and much more universal than you realize.  To me, at least, you are saying that the surest way to find God is not to make Him a private  possession, a problem solver, or an instant  consolation in time of  need, but rather by opening to love.  You know, the Apostle John said that.  He said: “God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in Him.”

“Tommy, could I ask you a favor? You know, when I had you in class you were a real pain.  But (laughingly) you can make it all up to me now.  Would you come into my present Theology of Faith course and tell them what you have just told me?  If I told them the  same thing it wouldn’t be half as effective as if you were to tell  it.” “Oooh.. I was ready for you, but I don’t know if I’m ready for your class.” “Tommy, think about it. If and when you are ready, give  me a call.”

In a few days Tommy called, said he was ready for the class, that he wanted to do that for God and for me.  So we scheduled a date. However, he never made it. He had another appointment, far more important than the one with me and my class. Of course, his life was not really ended by his death, only changed. He made the great step from faith into vision. He found a life far more beautiful than the eye of man has ever seen or the ear of man has ever heard or the mind of  man has ever imagined.

Before he died, we talked one last time.

“I’m not going to make it to your class,” he said. “I know, Tommy.” “Will you tell them for me? Will you tell the whole world for me?” “I will, Tommy. I’ll tell them.  I’ll do  my best.” So, to all of you who have been kind enough to read this simple story about God’s love, thank you for listening.  And to you, Tommy, somewhere in the sunlit, verdant hills  of heaven – I told them, Tommy, as best I could.

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Guns, Religion, Freedom of Speech

Jul 27, 2009 by

Three of our unalienable rights that are being destroyed by an ever growing and unaccountable government.

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In New America Tupperware, Mary Kay are OK but Bible Studies are out.

May 29, 2009 by

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San Diego County officials are threatening a local pastor and his wife with escalating fines if they continue to hold Bible studies in their home. According to a San Diego official the couple must secure a major permit, a process that could cost tens of thousands of dollars, or stop their “religious assembly.”

San Diego county officials somehow found out that the couple were holding Bible studies consisting of 10 to 15 people in their home every week. According to the officials this was a violation of County regulation. A County official visited the home and asked the couple questions like, ‘Do you have a regular meeting in your home?’ and ‘ Do you say amen?’

The couple understands that churches and religious assemblies have parking concerns and an environmental impact when hundreds or thousands of people gather. But this is a different situation and the application of the religious assembly principles to a small home Bible study is certainly misplaced.

The couple is fighting back, drafting a demand letter to the county stating that by enforcing this regulation the County is violating their First Amendment right to freely exercise their religion. I wonder if the County is cracking down on illegal Tupperware and Mary Kay meetings in San Diego? People who gather for poker parties or to watch a Chargers game on TV had better be scrambling to get their major use permits before the County pays them a visit. But of course they have nothing to fear for this is nothing more that a direct attack on Christianity. As far as I know there is no requirement to obtain a major use permit for those types of meetings, apparently it only applies to Bible study meetings.

I hope that if the County does not back down the couple will consider a lawsuit in federal court. The sad thing is that the couple should not have to spend their money defending themselves from such outrageous behavior by the County. This is just one more reason why people are leaving California faster than people are moving in.

Unfortunately this type of behavior is widespread. This is clearly a case of Christians being specifically targeted because of their faith and beliefs. To disguise it as simply enforcing County regulations is outrageous. The citizens of San Diego should flood city hall and express their outrage at this travesty of justice.

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Religious intolerance rears its ugly head in UK

Dec 16, 2008 by

blind-restaurant-r_1206221f In yet another case where intolerance and lack of respect for the religion, customs, culture and laws of others has been demonstrated by some Muslims, a blind UK man was barred from bringing his guide dog into a restaurant in the UK. Mr. Elder-Brown was taking his girlfriend out to celebrate her birthday with her five year-old daughter when he was told he would have to leave his dog, Finn, tied up outside.

Mr. Elder-Brown showed the staff of the Kirthon Restaurant a card issued by the Institute of Environmental Health Officers certifying he and his dog were allowed into any premise but an argument ensued and the owners threatened to call the police if he did not leave. Under the Disability Discrimination Act it is illegal in the UK to refuse to serve a disabled person or give them a diminished level of service because of their disability.

The restaurants owner, Amenur Abdussamad, was not available for comment when attempts were made to contact him. Shamin Ahmed, a partner in the restaurant, said that he had written to Guide Dogs for the Blind to apologize for the incident. He said that although the owners of the restaurant are Muslim, he insisted religion was not a factor in the decision to refuse Mr. Elder-Brown.

We were worried about the hygiene, that is what happened, it was a mistake. We found out afterwards that guide dogs are allowed. I didn’t know that.

Muslims consider dogs unclean and there have been several prosecutions of Muslim taxi drivers who refuse to carry persons with guide dogs. I am certain that this was the reason the owners of the Kirthon Restaurant denied Mr. Elder-Brown access. The partner who tried to explain it as a misunderstanding must think that the average UK citizen is an idiot. Any restaurant or store owner in the UK must be aware that persons with guide dogs are allowed almost anywhere that a person without a guide dog is allowed. To say that he simply wasn’t aware of that requirement is a lie. The owners are only apologizing now because of the controversy that was stirred up by the incident. If they want to operate a business in the UK they must adhere to all the laws that govern that business.

This is just another case where Muslim immigrants to Europe and the rest of the world want to have their cake and eat it too. Instead of trying to peacefully co-exist with existing religions, customs and cultures of the countries they have immigrated to they instead demand that non-Muslims accommodate them in all ways without any reciprocation. America has been called the great melting pot because many different peoples and religions have found a way to live together peacefully while respecting each others customs, religions and ways of life. Muslims immigrating to other countries would do well to try to do the same thing.

Most Muslims do respect the customs, religions, and cultures of others. For the most part Muslims have successfully integrated into this country alongside many other religions. If it can be done here it can certainly be done in the UK and elsewhere. Religious intolerance is something that all religions are guilty of and something that needs to be completely eliminated if people are to live peacefully together.

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