A Quick Reflection

“I can understand why the notion of God has arisen and persisted, for it provides a simple purported explanation of great matters.  It is a comfort blanket for the anxious and deprived, and it is a powerful weapon of crowd control.”

Thus spoke the well known atheist, Peter Atkins, at a debate recently held at Oxford. 

It’s a strange thing, the complaints of atheists.  They mock Christians for believing in “fictions.”  They chide them for making up “fairy tales” in order to create and cling to meaning.  And yet, for all their disgust, they fail to see the irony of their criticism.

Consider how they answer those who press them on the meaninglessness of life in a purely materialistic universe.  What do they say?  Each person has to create their own meaning.  That’s what they say.  Each person pastes their own self-created significance and meaning on top of reality (a reality which is devoid of ultimate meaning, mind you).  This, they say, is perfectly acceptable.

But pause.  Why don’t they grow red in the face, when they utter these words?  Are their self-proclaimed fictions open to mockery?  Should they not chide themselves for making up fairy tales about life and meaning?  Are they not snuggling up to comfort blankets?

Is there a double-standard here?

One Comment

  1. alcoramdeo June 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    An excellent point concisely stated. Thank you.
    We who would evangelize the lost should profit from comprhending the professing atheist’s faulty reasoning. To best utilize this understanding we must realize two vital truths:

    First, *we* can see the foolishness of such duplicity as they put forth, not through any great inherent wisdom of our own, but because it has been shown us by our Lord. We were once as they are, dead to all things holy and righteous and, therefore, blind to all truth. It is by the new birth that our eyes and ears were opened to receive the Word of God, delivered to us by the Holy Spirit, by which we have become alive unto Him and receptive to the Wisdom of God. They, the unregenerate, cannot see the unreasonableness of their derived conclusions because they are blind in their sins and God has hid His truth from them.

    Second, while we are instructed to both “answer” and to “answer not” a fool according to his folly, no answer– no apologetic– replaces the gospel of Jesus Christ as the words of evangelism. It is the preaching of Christ crucified, and not the arguing of other reason and logic, which God has chosen by which to illuminate men’s darkness.

    The “Quick Reflection,” above, should serve to encourage God’s people in joyful acknowledgement that He has given us the Light by which we see the folly of this world for what it is, and it should motivate us to pray for the sin-blinded lost and that Christ will grant us gracious words of life by which to win them to Himself.

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