A New Jersey billboard paid for by atheists depicted three wise men approaching Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus in a manger. The billboard proclaimed, “You know it’s a myth! Celebrate reason.” The atheist group reportedly paid $20 grand to display the message through the Christmas season.
A spokesman for the atheist group said the billboard was not to condemn Christians for celebrating Christmas; it was to encourage atheists to stop going through the motions of celebrating Christmas, God bless ’em.
If you’ve ever debated Christianity with an atheist you’ve probably discovered that their belief system is rather shallow and lacks substance. But many of them are adamant believers in their faith in a godless world. Isn’t that an oxymoron? If they have beliefs and faith, isn’t that, well . . .belief and faith in something?
But let’s not go there. My intention is not to denigrate atheists or belittle them for their beliefs and faith.
But, God does bless atheists. Many of them are successful, well-educated, kind and considerate people. They go to college, raise families, contribute to their communities by volunteering their time and resources for the good of others. They prosper and add to the general welfare. Many atheists are good people.
Like Christians, atheists live by the choices they make. From the beginning I believe God gave man freedom of choice in the Garden of Eden. Atheists acquired their freedom of
I first published this post November 28, 2010.
choice from the big bang, as they tell it, when their version of man’s ability to choose crawled out of the primal ooze, and, through osmosis, I suppose, seeped into his brain and enabled him to think.
As a Christian I believe that Garden experience with Adam and Eve instilled in every man and woman the ability to choose right from wrong, good from evil, bad from good, helpful from hurtful, encouraging from discouraging.
God also, I believe, gave us the choice to believe in Him and Jesus as our Savior, or not.
I believe when I take my last breath I will go to sleep (die physically) and wake up in the arms of Jesus. Atheists believe when they die their bodies will rot and return to the earth as worm food. No afterlife, no heaven, no Jesus waiting to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” no treasures in heaven, no trumpets, no mansion, no streets of gold.
And they’re entitled to believe that. They don’t have to believe that they are God’s children and that He loves atheists every bit as much as He loves true believers.
I also believe, however, that those who don’t believe (like the atheists) will spend eternity separated from God (as He says in the Bible). When they die they will wake up in hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth forever.
But God blesses atheists, and will continue to bless them with life and health and families and 401K’s and good jobs and food and clothing, just like he blesses us. And, God will continue to love all the atheists until the hour they draw their last breath.
Then atheists will discover, the moment after that last breath, whether they were right or wrong.
So will we.
Given the two choices, I’ll go with Jesus and spending life in eternity with God in heaven.
I may be wrong. If I am, what have I lost? I will spend my entire life here on earth with boundless hope and in eager anticipation of God fulfilling all His promises to me and welcoming me home to live with Him in heaven forever.
But what if the atheists are wrong? What will they lose?
- -Atheist Billboard: So the Battle for Christmas Begins… (answersforthefaith.com)
- Attack on Christianity? (foxnews.com)