Further Thoughts On Atheism


I was talking to an atheist friend the other day, and he seemed rather proud of his belief of having no belief. He asked me if I knew Christopher Hutchins, and I said “of course,” he is like the Noam Chomsky of Atheism. He was smiling about his admiration of Chris. I wondered why?

Ten years ago I might have tried to win an argument and go on an intellectual discourse of why there is a God. Today I know such discussions never work. Faith isn’t something you can prove. I know this now.

I did rather enjoy the humor of my friend as he stated Hutchins once quipped, “it was good we’re now down to just one god, “just one more to go,” quipped my friend as he giggled.

It is sad to me to observe one who proudly celebrates his liberation from having a personal relationship with God.

Curious, I delved deeper to see what it was my friend despised about religion, and his answer was straightforward. Religion is a belief in fairy tales.

I actually agreed with him. I also said man’s religion is constantly evolving and that sadly, “many people who call themselves Christians are actually following Paul’s teachings.”

To which there was no counter, only silence as he could see a) I knew my Christian theology, and b) I wasn’t disagreeing with him. My statement alerted him I was not an atheist, but since he knows nothing about Christianity, there was nothing he could say to argue my point.

I understand most atheists feel superior on some level for not having been “duped” into believing in folklore. Both my friend and I agreed did come to an agreement that religion brings comfort. He mentioned how much faith meant to his mom who recently lost her husband, that believing he is waiting for her brings his mom great comfort. He went from hating religion to admitting one of its benefits.

Progress.

I know my friend doesn’t hate God, he simply just doesn’t know him the way I do.

As a teenager I once got into an fist-fight when a classmate began making fun of my dad (something kids sometimes do in middle school). Later I asked my dad if it bothered him that someone would make fun of him, and he laughed and said, “Why, I don’t even know him?”

There was truth in that statement that sticks with me even to today. 

I know my friend doesn’t truly know God, because if he knew the supreme joy it is to have a relationship with your spirit, to engage and find comfort with the actual spirit fragment of the Father, you can’t help but to be overjoyed.

And because he doesn’t like Christians he has kept himself from knowing the truth about God.

He, and the millions of people like him who live today and who do not know God, or even believe he exists, are operating under misinformation presented to them by thousands of years of evolutionary religion. They know not the revelation that comes when you sincerely look for truth, they only know the stories and tall tales that have survived, spoken by those who were searching for God and the truth.

Today mankind is crawling his way out of the stone age, and with it, the superstition and folklore of many numerous belief systems. It is only proper that a child eventually put away his toys, but by the same token, a man of true insight should be curious to chart his own course of spiritual discovery before he would so easily discard it.

And if he refuses a spiritual path, he will seek to fill the spiritual void with material needs.

This is the price of atheism: what you lose in potential spiritual knowledge and wisdom you reap only in temporal limitations. It’s like having one eye closed the entire time you are alive; life without depth, meaning and eternal value on the spiritual mind can discern, the father’s gift to his spiritual children.

Five minutes later my friend said “what I really need is a girlfriend, someone I can share my life with.”

If he only knew how close he was to a real discovery of the glories that come with sharing your life with your ultimate lover, God.

It takes courage to have faith in an unseen spiritual creator. We are reminded by Jesus in Paper 142 that loyalty to the Father, religious loyalty, requires far more courage than having no belief at all.

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