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God Bless Atheists This Christmas . . .from the archives

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?

4 thoughts on “God Bless Atheists This Christmas . . .from the archives

  1. Dear SMD,
    Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate your response. First I must apologize for my statement about atheists. I should have said “atheists “THAT I HAVE DEBATED.” I certainly didn’t mean to characterize any group of people. That would be judgmental of me. Atheists are certainly entitled to their own opinions, just like me. From your blog I gather that you aren’t too high on opinions. “Everybody has one,” as you compared them to a certain part of our anatomy.
    I really can’t say for sure whether I am right or you are right about what will happen to us when we die. We will just have to discover that right after our last breath. You and I simply believe differently. Unlike you, however, I won’t judge your beliefs or you for believing the way you do. Yes, the atheists I have debated have been shallow and their arguments did lack substance. But, without going into a lot of detail, the three or four atheists I have debated have not been well educated. One actually did believe in God; but through our discussions I discovered he was simply mad at God because his life was awful and he was bitter and very angry. So, he took his anger out on God and claimed God didn’t exist.
    You may be interested (if in fact you are seeking the truth) that your comments about the survey you said, “a recent poll found that atheist’s and agnostics knew more about religion than any other group.” That is not correct. You probably read an article about the survey or someone else’s opinion about the survey. What the survey actually said was: “On questions about Christianity – including a battery of questions about the Bible – Mormons (7.9 out of 12 right on average) and white evangelical Protestants (7.3 correct on average) show the highest levels of knowledge. Jews and atheists/agnostics stand out for their knowledge of other world religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.” The survey said you folks know more about other world religions
    Atheists didn’t know more about Christianity, but other religions. Here’s a link to the Pew Research article if you’re interested: http://bit.ly/bJF7bu .
    From your language and writing on your blog I assume you are a college student (late teens, early twenties). I wish you luck in your studies and hope that when you get some real life experience (like getting a real job, paying taxes and bills, raising a family and associating with some real world adults) you will discover life is much more than blogging from your college dorm room.
    Good luck to you. And God bless you.

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  2. Do you find that your life is truly meaningful because each decision and each action that is generated through your entire body is not for what exists within this lifetime but because your hoping that God will take care of you after you die?

    That makes this life meaningless, and God’s intention when he created human beings was meaning. Human life is meaningful only because of what occurs in this lifetime. If your intentions are for some prize at the end then your actions are meaningless.

    To say that atheist’s lack substance undermines your christian ideals that apparently mean so much to you. Christians (I’m going to go with a good 85%) have no understanding of the principles of the religion, they have no reason as to why they adamantly proclaim that it is truthful, other than the fact that it is the most common religion, and because they were raised and conditioned to believe certain things. The truth of the matter is, Christians contain a small amount of intellectual reasoning for their belief systems, and to refute the topic by proclaiming that “its faith” is cowardly and stupid.

    I think you’ll find it interesting that a recent poll found that atheist’s and agnostics knew more about religion than any other group. Catholics scored the lowest and I do believe Christians only scored slightly above the Catholics. That’s something to think about before accusing a group of people of lacking substance.

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  3. I like the tolerant tone of this post, but can’t help putting in my two pennies about the content. I’m an atheist, and a scientist and am totally convinced that the life I spend here on Earth is the only one I will ever have. You ask what you will lose by spending your life as a Christian? I can tell you – you spend the only life you will ever have believing in a 2000-year old fairy story, a laughably-easily demonstrably-false set of myths, and deluding yourself with tales of the afterlife (mansions and streets of gold? Really?). Wouldn’t it be better to just accept death as the end and work on having the best life you can, right now on Earth?

    As I said, I really like your measured tone in this post, and don’t want to be combative at all. What you’re describing in this post is actually an old idea in philosophy known as Pascal’s Wager: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pascal's_Wager. The problem with Pascal’s wager is that, since there have been many religions in history, and many of them have claimed to be the one ‘true’ religion, in order to ensure salvation in the afterlife one would have to believe in every God which has ever existed, from Jesus, to Jehovah, to Allah, to Ganesh to Odin and many, many more. If you spend your life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and subsequently find out in the afterlife that Islam is the ‘true’ religion, then you would end up in the Islamic hell because you did not spend your life praying five times a day while facing Mecca.

    A highly logical and valid argument has also been put forward and is known as The Atheists Wager:
    “You should live your life and try to make the world a better place for your being in it, whether or not you believe in god. If there is no god, you have lost nothing and will be remembered fondly by those you left behind. If there is a benevolent god, he will judge you on your merits and not just on whether or not you believed in him.”

    I’d rather live a good life for the right reasons (to improve the lot of humanity) than because I think I might get some kind of reward for it afterwards.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, “God Bless The Atheists This Christmas.
      I must admit I need to rephrase a sentence for you. Rather than saying, “If you’ve ever debated Christianity with an atheist you’ve probably discovered that their belief system is rather shallow and lacks substance.”, I should have said something like, “The atheists I’ve debated . . .” I apologize for categorizing all atheists’ belief systems as rather shallow and lacking substance. However, the few atheists I have debated WERE shallow and their arguments lacked what I would considere substance. I have only truly engaged three or four atheists in debates about Christianity. One man was a 17-year-old doing community service to work off a jail sentence. Another was a young man in his 20’s still trying to figure out which end of his trousers to stick his feet in. Not the brightest star in the sky. The fiist atheist I debated in long email exchanges was very angry. In fact, I found out he really did believe in God, but was angry because his life sucked and his dad was abusive and his wife died. It was a tragic story, but I discovered it was the source of what he thought was his lack of belief in God. So, I have not debated any (what I would call authentic, intelligent) atheists purely for the sake of healthy discussion and debate.
      I have no ill will against atheists at all. You are as entitled to believe whatever you wish, as am I. The sad thing, to me, is that we have lost the ability to disagree peacefully. I get just as frustrated and disappointed with conservative Christians who bash atheists or other religions as I do liberals or atheists who bash Christians. I guess what I’m saying is I abhor radical extremists no matter what their belief system or world view.
      I too work every day to make every day life easier and better. You and I simply try to do it from different rule books. Yours seems right to you. Mine seems right to me. We will live, and die, by the rule books we choose. At the end of the day, our lives are compilations of the choices we make. At the end of life, you and I will both discover who was right about God. I pray it’s me. Thanks again for your thoughtful reply. It too was measured and balanced and I appreciate that. Others have been costic and judgmental. I probably won’t respond to those.
      I wanted to ask you: Why will your mates ridicule you because of your blog and posts? I’m curious about that.
      Also, what does a psychologist/neuroscientist do? Interesting title there.

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