There Probably Are No Atheists… So Express God’s Love and Enjoy Your Life

My beautiful girl and I often speak about our faith and though we have basic differences we can agree on one thing. There is a Grand Creator, an Originator of Life, a Supreme Being that is responsible for setting things into motion.  A Divine One that has a design, will and purpose for the inhabitants of the Earth.  Why there are differences in view on the clarity of God’s will and purpose will have to be left for a future post.  Just suffice it to say we are comfortable with each other and our faith has strengthened us as our relationship continues to grow.

Recently, my BB was troubled over a news report of a movement in the U.K. that is spreading to Canada.  The… There’s probably no God.  Now stop worrying and enjoy your life signs that have been placed on city buses by atheist groups. 681914.stm .

The idea of being an atheist confounds me, but I respect their right to express themselves and the bus lines right to make a profit.  20090207 I have no doubt they would consider running religious views, too.  You see, the bus lines just think of it as advertisement while the atheist views it as… hmmm, a call to unite? 20090303?hub=Toronto

But I am not here to condemn this movement.  I just wonder why people feel so strongly about an issue that they would publicly put their face to it, knowing it would be unpopular?  Could it be they are needing a purpose in life and so look for like minded individuals to encourage them because they lack spirituality?  Because to truly be an atheist, you have to walk alone.  You are content within yourself and KNOW there is no outside influence to guide or protect you.  You are responsible unto YOURSELF.  You NEED nothing else, not even other atheists to sanctify your non-belief.  You are apart from everything else.  The true atheist does not know joy.

I also wonder if self proclaimed atheists have really looked for God, though the Bible says He is not far from each of us and is willing to be found.  It is no mystery, really… the evidence of God is everywhere.  I think it has more to do with being accountable, sort of like getting a free pass for being ignorant.  If I say I didn’t KNOW it was this way or that… then how can I be RESPONSIBLE?

I think life is like walking into a room and discovering  a computer terminal sitting on a desk.  We approach the computer and sit down.  We see that it is turned on and has a direct link to the World Wide Web and we are happy.  We begin to surf and we find out all kinds of useful information about ourselves, the population in general and the broad spectrum of life and the Earth we live on.  We discover Ebay and Craig’s List and find out we can make money.  We see beautiful people and exotic locations and we want to BE those people IN those exotic locations.  We can chat online and meet friends, we might even arrange a date or eventually find our soul-mate.  Our outlook  is good and the computer brought it all to us free of charge.

We don’t question who put those things on the Web, we don’t even question how the computer works, who designed it or where it came from.  But then, something goes wrong.  We discover something on the Web that does us a disservice, is inappropriate or causes us pain.  Someone but something unflattering on MySpace, there is a webcam on YouTube that caught us doing something improper.  Someone put our face on a pornography site, worse yet, they stole our identity…   or there is a virus and the screen freezes.  We find the world is polluted and full of violence, people are starving, being victimized in war, crime is running rampant, the economy is spiraling downward.  Suddenly the computer is a bad thing.  We want to destroy it, or forget about it all together.  We’ll deny that there is any design behind the computer and refuse to go into the room again.  We’ll even restrict others from going into the room as well.

Or maybe the computer tells us things we don’t want to hear.  It restricts us somehow.  We question the computers motive, why it was set up in the first place and why are there so many variations?  so many search engines?  If the computer was so smart, why all this chaos?  We want to decide for ourselves what is good or bad, we don’t like what the computer is showing us.  A world outside of the computer would mean no accountability to it.  We decide there IS no purpose for the computer and deny any proof of it’s existence.

I have never met a happy atheist.  The ones I have met are intelligent, but cannot seem to find meaning in their lives.  Living the freedom the atheist proclaims is hollow, it has no future.

I know they claim there is no evidence of God, but I have not found in them faith and hope or love and respect or empathy and trust.  There is no awe over the expanse of the Heavens.  There is no wonder at the healing wisdom of the Earth.  To them, these things are just there.  Like the computer in the room.  No one designed it, it just evolved one day.  They are consumed with themselves, they are the center of the universe because there can be no one larger, He doesn’t exist.  They live outside those God given gifts, because to claim them would be acknowledging the very attributes of the One who created us.

I say, let the ones wise in their own eyes ridicule me.  Let them say I am delusional, easily persuaded or just plain dumb… led about like a sheep and gullible.    I will readily accept that there are people out there that are much smarter than I am who may think I am foolish.  (see 1Corinthians 1:27)  God chose the foolish things of the world, that He might put the wise men to shame…  according to the Bible.

I know that there are those that are dismayed over the conditions of the Earth.  People think that if God exists He would have done something about the suffering of Mankind long ago.  They feel that because there IS so much injustice and cruelty left unchecked by God, He either doesn’t exist or doesn’t care about us.  But remember the computer in the room we all have access to?  Someone turned life on for us.  Someone put the information in there and designed life so we could do the things we did.  The fault did not lay in the design of the computer, but in how life was used.

Even as I write this I have nothing but pity for those that deny the existence of God.  The evidence is everywhere that He does exist and the timetable He has set to correct the problems we face now has not been delayed.  There are those that mock that God is too slow, but the Bible says,

“Listen to me, you the ones powerful at heart, you the ones far away from righteousness.  I have brought near my righteousness.  It is not far away, and my own salvation will not be late.”  Isaiah 46:12,13

I look at my fair Chantal and I know God has a purpose… even on the part of a lowly sinner like me, because I feel I have already received my reward.

peace.

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10 Responses to “There Probably Are No Atheists… So Express God’s Love and Enjoy Your Life”

  1. Megan Christopher Says:

    Though being an atheist (and yes, we do exist) is sometimes lonely, that has a lot to do with the way the theistic world views us, i.e. as something to pity or despise. I lead a moral life because I believe in it, not because a Supreme Being tells me to – what’s wrong with that?

    http://hollywoodjane.wordpress.com/2008/11/08/dear-craigslist-atheist4acceptance-23-willing-to-bargain-down-to-30-pieces-of-silver/

  2. Samantha Says:

    I trully recommend this book to any reader. This book is both contriversal and thought provoking. An Atheist Guide to God written by Sofia O.Y. Jones is truly a great read. This book draws you in and does not let go. After reading this book, you’ll have a different outlook on life. Don’t let the title fool you, its not a book that tells you what to believe. This book is about a journey of a woman who finds her path.

  3. chrisfiore5 Says:

    hello Megan,

    of course atheists exist, I was just playing around with the bus sign theme as a little joke.

    To pity does not mean to shun or criticize, it means: “to have sympathy for” and while I do have a faith in God, I fully respect your right to choose not to. I also would not despise someone for ignorance.

    I would say let the facts speak for themselves and be guided by the truth that motivates your heart.

    Hi Samantha,

    thanks for taking the time to comment on my post, I will keep an eye out for that book, I promise… next time I’m at the library (which is usually on a Saturday)

    hope all is well.

    peace.

  4. Karen Says:

    Choice is what it all boils down to. Which is what God gave us when He created us. Free will. Any person is free to believe in who, what, or nothing that they choose & I will honor that right. For them. I know what awaits me & mine at the end of our lives.

    For those who choose to believe in nothing, I feel sorry for them.

  5. msdane Says:

    Amen Karen! When people say if there is a God why would he let things happen that are happening on this earth it is definitely because He is giving us freedom of choice. In 2nd Peter 3:9 it says, “3:9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some men count slowness; but is longsuffering to us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

    He will choose the time when He will end it all.

  6. seamonster02 Says:

    Tell me, how long does it take for you to write a post this length? Just curious. Do you write them out long hand first or straight into the computer? 🙂

  7. Cheryl Says:

    Interesting analogy. Fascinating, actually.

    I have recommended reading also; The Question of God: C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud Debate God, Love, Sex, and the Meaning of Life by Armand Nicholi. Of course Lewis (a believer) and Freud (an atheist) never actually had a live debate, the author does present the viewpoints of both men in a manner that is quite interesting.

    Slow? I don’t know. It may seem that way to us since we exist inside of time. God is not limited to any second-by-second, minute-by-minute, day-by-day or year-by-year existence as we currently are.

  8. chrisfiore5 Says:

    Hi Karen,

    That is the beauty of faith, no one forces it on us… we DO have free will and that’s what our Heavenly Father designed in us, the ability to choose which way we will go. It means more to us to receive a small gift because it is freely given out of love, rather than a large one offered under compulsion or obligation.

    thanks for visiting, Karen… always good to hear from you.

    hey msdane,

    that is a good scripture to remember… the time we have here on the Earth is for making a good name with God. If we KNEW when the end was coming, how many would be willing to serve God out of pureness of heart rather than just to save their own skin?

    meanwhile… don’t you be worrying about things you cannot control.

    hello seamonster,

    oh, you know… sometimes I just get a little long winded, other times I just get short of breath but usually I am inspired and just writing from the heart… if that just makes sense?

    But I’ll base my next post based on your interest… how’s that? 8)

    yo Cheryl,

    Long time, no see… I am thrilled that you still have my little blog in your sites (get it?)

    That is two books I have to look up now, which is way cool… I love research and development. I appreciate your continued interest and input on my little blog, my friend.

    You know girls, it was/is not my intention to make this post a sermon, because I think we get enough of that from the money changers, scholarly scribes and theocratic hierarchy of mankind.

    I maintain that faith is an individual choice based on intelligence, research, deduction and the power of reason. It is not a whimsical notion or an insurance policy. Faith motivates us to do things, believe things and hope for a better future.

    Faith and Love, two powerful tools that a Christian has to separate himself from this cold, cruel world…

    I am pleased that we all share those fine attributes from our loving Creator.

    peace.

  9. blue_calumet_satyr Says:

    I always like to think there are two types of gods we humans believe in: the hairy thunderer or the cosmic muffin. Atheists often are more cosmic muffin believers in the sense that they aren’t without beliefs but, have a seperate path up the same mountain.

    The existential movement dealt with the idea that if there is no “hairy thunderer” sitting up on his fluffy cloud passing out judgement like a pharmacist handing out prozac then, anything in life is possible. With this realization also comes other small epiphanies such as: there is nothing to be afraid of, no guilt to feel. If we are all alone in the universe or must journey through this life alone, that is nothing to be afraid of as long as we are true to our nature. Our Selves.

    Self is defined as: uniform, the same throughout. Person’s or thing’s own individuality or essence, person or thing as object of introspection or reflexive action, one’s nature or state at a particular time or in a particular aspect

    There are many people who, having such a hard time in life often ascribe their extreme suffering in lashing out at the hairy thunderer. They latch on to the term “atheist.” As you pointed out true atheists don’t really feel the need to go around bashing other’s beliefs in a god. Most are truly unnerved and not threatened by religious persons. They are often very spiritual people and not so ambivalent as one may like to think. I wouldn’t worry too much over atheists. But, anarchists and heathens. . .. you may want to keep a close eye on those cats.

    p.s.

    count this as my weekly check-in

  10. chrisfiore5 Says:

    hello BCS,

    It is interesting how the belief in God has evolved through the ages via traditions, rituals, star gazing and folk lore. But I believe in the God that remains ever constant, ever clear, never changing to suit Mankind’s continual rehashing of the purpose and meaning of life.

    I prefer to think of the scripture that says: “I am Jehovah, I have not changed.” taken from Malachi 3:6. With that I am assured that God is true though every man be a liar. (Romans 3:4)

    p.s. counted and recognized, baby girl

    peace.

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