Pastor Steve from Hope Chapel put up an “Atheist Tuesday” blog today. I wrote a response.
The blog entry:
And my comments to the grumbling Atheists:
And an atheist who lives their life as if there were no God is better off than I am?
Let’s go through the 5 main questions in life as viewed through the two filters of atheist, and the other one who believes in God.
1. Who am I?
According to atheists, I am an accident.
According to Christians and Jews, I am created in the image of God.
2. Why am I here?
According to atheists, there is no reason, no purpose, I’m just the culmination of zillions and zillions of billiard balls bouncing around.
According to believers, I am here to glorify God and serve Him, I have tremendous purpose!
3. What happens when I die?
Atheists: Worm food.
Believers: I either go to Heaven (if I believe in Jesus and have accepted His sacrifice on the cross as sufficient for my salvation) or I go to Hell.
4. Is there a right and wrong and why?
Atheists: No. Whoever is strongest determines what is right.
Believers, there is absolute truth, moral and ethical truth, standards by which God will judge us and our actions, the “Standards” are based on the character of God.
5. Finally, does human history have any meaning?
Atheists: Nope, nada, no value, no meaning, life is all just meaningless. Eat, drink, and be merry, tomorrow we die!
Believers: Yes – tremendous purpose! All of history is focused on the single defining event of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross at Calvary. All of human history prior to that points to His coming, and after it points backwards to what He did for us.
You know, it really doesn’t get much simpler than that. This is why we have Pastors and teachers whom we look up to and respect, because they have studied this stuff before us and figured most of it out.
In spite of how I wanted to go my own way as a young man, and try to “Fake it” and pretend there was no God to whom I would have to answer, He chased after me and saved me. While I was yet a sinner, God died for me and saved me and asked me to “Follow Him.”
He’s asking all of you the same thing right now. In light of what you’ve learned above, are you really willing to take a chance on “There’s nothing out there?” Does it make more sense to believe in God and find meaning and purpose for your life? It really is that simple folks. Don’t cut your nose off to spite your face. Think it through!