Atheists are people who say that there is no God. There is however, plenty of Evidence for God.
In this article I intend to show that the atheistic worldview and decent, moral living are INCOMPATIBLE and CONTRADICTORY. An atheist can only be a nice person when he is INCONSISTENT with his worldview. Moreover, the atheistic worldview is DESTRUCTIVE when lived out consistently. The two quotes above are examples of these principles.
A worldview is a frame of understanding through which we view the world. Any worldview should answer the following questions:-
The logical atheistic answer for LIFESTYLE is: NOTHING. If people have arisen due to natural processes, they do not have intrinsic value, and we are not under any obligation to treat them well. Atheism thus leads to a moral vacuum. See clarifications; only the Bible provides a logically firm foundation for ethics.
What does atheism imply about other aspects of lifestyle?
So much for ORIGINS and LIFESTYLE. What does atheism have to say about the FUTURE of an individual?
The atheistic answer for FUTURE is NOTHING. There is nothing to us except molecules. When we die, we continue to be molecules, but the chemical reactions that go on in our bodies are different. We lose our identity due to the activity of scavenging bacteria (or combustion, if our bodies are burnt). Whether you're a person like William Wilberforce, who campaigned extensively and effectively against slavery, or like Hugh Hefner, who places sexual pleasure above all else, or whether you're a mass murderer like Stalin or Pol Pot, you meet the same fate.
Now I intend to show two things:-
Example # 1: Atheists assign value to proving that God does not exist.
For instance, atheist Richard Dawkins has written a book called "The God Delusion". Why bother about people's delusions if they are merely evolved ensembles of molecules that will lose their identity when they die? Thus, Dawkins' anguish at seeing so many people believing in God is inconsistent with his own atheistic worldview.
Example # 2: Atheists are ashamed of their own sinfulness.
The Bible says that God exists, and has a definite character. What's against that character is sin. The Bible records that when God created the first man and woman, they were naked, and not ashamed (Genesis 2:25). When they sinned, they started feeling ashamed, and God clothed them with skins (Genesis 3:1 onwards). Now here's the catch:-
Atheists (who deny the existence of God and sin) are also ashamed to walk around naked!! Dear atheist, don't try to hide behind the facts that wearing clothes is culturally acceptable, protective, warm, and so on. None of these things change the fact that you are ashamed to show yourself naked to others. You are being INCONSISTENT.
Example # 3: Atheists prescribe right and wrong ways to treat people.
Here are some cases.
In all these cases, atheists are complaining that people are being treated wrongly. But since no morally binding "right way" or "wrong way" to treat people follows from atheism, atheists are thus being SELF-CONTRADICTORY.
Example # 4: Atheists are non-uniform in their attacks towards religion.
If there is no God, and atheists think it's such a blessing for people to realize it, they should campaign equally against all gods. However, most virulent atheism is directed against the God of the Bible and His Son, Jesus Christ. Just do a google search for ridicule and hatred heaped against Jesus Christ, Mohammed, Allah, Buddha, Krishna, Confucius, etc and you'll get what I mean. This is all the more strange considering the large number of people that are being killed today in the name of Islam.
Example # 5: Atheists are concerned about the environment
Atheists believe that the order of nature is a brutal struggle in which the fittest species survive, and others die. If that is the case, there is no need to feel bad about endangered animals on the brink of extinction. But atheists make a big fuss about the need to protect various species. They say that humans must not displace other species. But that's what has been going on for ages, and is the driving force for evolution (according to them)!! According to atheism, human life has no value, so it's no big deal if the human race becomes extinct. But atheists are alarmed that humanity may kill itself through the unsustainable use of the earth's resources or warfare. Again, inconsistency!
Example # 6: Atheists Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI)
SETI pioneer Professor Carl Sagan devised a set of four criteria that could be used to distinguish possible intelligent communications among the constant noise of radio static that comes from all parts of the sky. When those four criteria were applied to the information on the DNA molecule, it passed the test. Thus, atheists search for ETI, being willing to recognize design in the signals, but refuse to acknowledge design in the language of DNA. This is inconsistent. If (as the atheists claim) the design in DNA is only apparent (although no mechanism has been discovered for its natural origin), how do they know that the design in radio signals also is not apparent?
Example # 7: Atheists quit atheism when in hell-holes (big trouble)
"On a train, a Russian officer sat in front of me. I had spoken to him about Christ only a few minutes when he broke out with a torrent of atheistic arguments. Quotations from Marx, Stalin, Voltaire, Darwin and others against the Bible flew from his mouth. He gave me no opportunity to contradict him. He spoke for nearly an hour to convince me that there is no God. When he had finished, I asked him, "IF there is no God, why do you pray when in trouble?" Like a thief surprised while stealing, he repled, "How do you know that I pray?" I did not allow him to escape. "I asked my question first. I asked why you pray. Please answer!" He bowed his head and acknowledged, "On the front, when we were encircled by the Germans, we all prayed! We did not know how to do it. So we said, 'God and spirit of mother'" - which is surely a good prayer in the sight of One who looks to the heart" - Richard Wurmbrand, in Tortured for Christ, 30th anniversary edition, p23.
I have seen innumerable atheists regretting on their deathbeds that they have been godless; they called on Christ. Can you imagine that a Christian could regret, when death is near, that he has been a Christian and call on Marx or Lenin to rescue him from his faith?... Lenin's books [prove] that, even after becoming prime minister of the Soviet Union, Lenin himself prayed when things were wrong - Richard Wurmbrand, in Tortured for Christ, 30th anniversary edition, p102.
Example # 8: Atheists quit atheism and adopt pagan nature-worship
Concern for the environment is supposedly a product of atheistic scientific discoveries. But prominent atheistic scientist Carl Sagan declared that "any efforts to safeguard and cherish the environment need to be infused with a vision of the sacred" [The Moscow Plan of Action of the Global Forum on Environment and Development for Human Survival, January 1990 (final draft), 12.] Similarly, UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali said at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit that the objective was to discover the soul of the earth - to return to the ancient Egyptian and Mayan beliefs that the "mother" earth is a living entity.
Example # 9: Atheists accuse theists of being unscientific but are themselves unscientific by the same standard.
Atheists object to Christian beliefs in God and miracles. However, even atheist students of physics recognize that the dominant atheistic explanation for the origin of the universe (the Big Bang Theory) begins with a singularity. Atheist physicist Paul Davies called it a "true miracle, where all the laws of physics are suspended". Similarly, the atheist explanation for the origin of life violates the law of bio-genesis.
Example # 1: Atheism produces mass murderers.
Examples include Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot and Mao. These people had an agenda. In order to accomplish their goals, they tortured and killed hundreds of thousands of people - more than the worst religious bigots. In doing so, they were consistent with their atheistic worldview. because only atheism suggests that it is okay to kill people to bring in progress.
Example # 2: Atheism leads to racism
According to evolution theory, all humans are descended from ape like ancestors. However, if you and I are descended from the same ape, or the same unicellular organism, there's no guarantee that our separate lines of descent evolved at the same rate. So, it could be that my ancestors evolved faster than yours, and thus, that I'm superior to you. Besides, atheism gives me the license to do anything about it - after all, survival of the fittest is the name of the game!! In the image illustrating human evolution, notice how the skin color becomes lighter as evolution progresses. Racism is the logical fallout of evolution theory, and evolutionists also admit this:-
"Biological arguments for racism have existed before Darwin. But their magnitude has considerably increased following the acceptance of the theory of evolution." - Stephen Jay Gould (evolutionary professor at Harvard), in Ontology and Philogeny.
Some examples [emphasis has been added in all cases]:-
Today's evolutionists do not make the same racially charged claims (at least in public) that their counterparts a century ago did - but this is only due to the changed political climate, not due to new discoveries related to evolution. Thus, my charge that atheism leads to racism remains valid.
Example # 3: Atheism leads to the disintegration of society.
America (or England) is a good example of this. Two hundred years ago, America was considerably influenced by the Bible. School textbooks relied on the Bible and taught children that they are made in the image of God, they should treat others well, they should honor their parents, and so on. The people were hardworking and illustrious. Crime was rare. In fact, many people would not bother to lock their houses when they went out. The nation became extremely rich and powerful. Gradually, atheism took over. School textbooks are now based on evolution and contain statements such as "You are an animal. Your heritage is the same as that of an earthworm". What has been the effect?
Example # 4: Atheism leads to disillusionment
Let's examine what some famous atheists had to say at their death:-
Contrast these people with Paul, the Christian apostle (2 Timothy 4:6-8)!
"Prominent atheist (communists) who committed suicide: Essenin and Maiakovski (poets). Writer Fadeev had just finished a novel called Happiness in which he explained that happiness consists in working tirelessly for communism. He was so happpy about it that he shot himself after having finished the novel. It was too difficult for his soul to bear such a great lie. Joffe and Tomkin, great communist leaders and fighters for communism in Czarist times - likewise could not bear to see how communism looks in reality. They also ended in suicide...After Stalin had killed nearly all of his old comrades, he was constantly in feat of being poisoned or killed himself. He had eight bedrooms that could be locked up like safes in a bank. No one ever knew in which of these bedrooms he slept on any given night. He never ate unless the cook tasted the food in his presence." - Richard Wurmbrand, in Tortured for Christ.
"You will know them from their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree produces excellent fruit, but a corrupt tree produces evil fruit." - Jesus Christ.
The fruit of atheism betrays it to be a most corrupt tree, whereas the fruit of Biblical Christianity indicates its great value.
Atheism is an unsustainable worldview. Atheists who try to live decent lives end up contradicting their worldview (see the Dawkins quote at the top), and to the extent that atheism is practiced, it produces havoc and destruction (illustrated by the Eichmann quote at the top). The good news is that God exists. Of course, it's bad news for you if you love promiscuous sex, hazing/ragging, cheating your way to the top, and drunkenness. I'm not asking you to base your beliefs on what feels good. Do check out the evidence and decide for yourself. If you insist on being an atheist, demonstrate the guts to be consistent with what you believe.