They are “bound by their belief in unbelief” is a line in a recent article concerning atheist mega-churches. The originators of the atheistic mega-church idea seeks to raise just under a million dollars for the perpetuation of their ideology and “Sunday gatherings.” They do this as an affront and with jealousy to the various churches spread abroad in western society. The news report (Foxnews.com) tells us, to the credit of these founders, “They don’t bash believers but want to find a new way to meet likeminded people, engage in the community and make their presence more visible in a landscape dominated by faith.”
One of the intellectual challenges atheists have is in association with meaning in life. Many atheists feel the need to give themselves meaning in life when their ideology presents no meaning, no purpose to life’s existence. In order to combat the meaninglessness of life, they “copycat” the religious community’s sense of belonging and purpose with their own. “Hey, wait a minute. We are charitable, we are good people, we’re good parents and we are just as good citizens as you and we’re going to start a church to prove it.”
There are many atheistic people in this world who try to live life in such a way to be good, productive citizens in the community. With regard to that effort, they are to be commended. If they are right, however, there is no point to such efforts. If there is no objective reality (God), then everyone can do whatever is liked because there is no ultimate accountability. Simply because someone else, or some group, does not like it is…well, meaningless.
Atheism is not supported by science; it is not supported by morality; it is not supported by philosophy; it is not supported by the nature of man; and it is not supported by the rational component of man. What supports it then? One’s willingness to reject all of the above and allow themselves to be in bondage to emptiness.
As Christians, it is important we take the time and try to persuade those who think and live this way, however good it may be considered by some, that life’s meaning is not in the empty philosophy of atheism.
- Atheism can’t explain man’s existence, or even the world’s existence (meaning).
- Atheism can’t explain why man should be moral, or even what morality is (direction).
- Atheism can’t give any good rational reasons for living or even continuing life (hope).
- Atheism can’t explain the “component” of man that is non-material (the mind).
- Atheism rejects history (the Bible) for the sake of an ideology (irrational).
Satan will not let you (or me) engage this fight without being scarred in the battle. Satan is evil, and he desires his philosophy to hold sway with as many as he can get to accept it. Unfortunately many have. “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1, NKJV).