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Militant Atheism
May 5, 2009

It’s one thing to be an atheist; you do not believe in God. Fine. But to start using your own interpretations and conclusions about science to destroy other people’s faith is low and cruel.

On the buses of Montreal we now have signs that read: There’s probably no God, now stop worrying and enjoy your life. I understand that everybody has a right to express themselves. But words have incredible power in them. I think we can all vividly remember hurtful words that were spoken to us while we were in a vulnerable position.

So imagine: You’re walking on the street, thinking that there is no hope. Your whole body and soul screams out in despair. You feel your life has no purpose and you feel you have been abandoned by your parents, your friends, and even strangers. You are genuinely contemplating suicide because you cannot take anymore of the pain. Even when nothing is happening to you physically, you feel attacked by oppressive thoughts about the past and paralyzing fears about the future. You are barely hanging on and your escape plan is already decked out. Then you see this bus pass by telling you there is no God. This happens daily to people. It’s quite ignorant to claim that people nowadays are healthy. Most of us suffer from stress and anxiety whether we know it or not. We are bombarded with news articles of increasingly violent intensity.

What would you do next? You are done emotionally and physically. You can barely take another step, let alone tell yourself that there is a God. You need someone to pick you up and take care of you. You are barely hanging on. You are an ape, the sign tells you. There is no purpose for you, except for the purpose you make-up for yourself. Nobody loves you; even your parents have let you down (or perhaps abused you).

The atheist worldview usually claims that there is no evidence–based on science–that there is a God. The theory of evolution and its backers like Mr Richard Dawkins, claim the earth is billions of years old and that we evolved from apes. Where does this conclusion come from.How is this measured? Billions? Where is the proof? This is not a rhetorical question; I would truly like to ask Dawkins.

There are things that are not tangible that exist. Love. Justice. An objective moral law that all humans break or obey. If you kill someone, you will remember and know that you have done something incredibly wrong.

Atheism is a belief system. But the Dawkins brand of atheism is a religion. He rants and raves about how religion controls and indoctrinates us. I don’t know how he became so convinced that he was forced to believe in God. Faith is a choice. There are consequences to every choice.,and militant atheism is a clear reflection that post-modern thought is hostile to objective truth, hence objective consequences to every choice we make.

I work in a hospital. Through the years I’ve seen many specimens of all kinds of internal organs, but I doubt I will ever see a specimen with “love” written on it. Can you tell me with a straight face that love doesn’t exist because science can’t prove it? (Science can prove that endorphins and other chemicals explains some types of behavior, but that doesn’t prove love and free will.)

Who can prove what causes us to give our lives instead of seeing our child die?Point is, Dawkins and company cannot prove where we come from. Where does science come from? How could time, matter, and chance produce such a beautifully organized system? We are not accidents, cosmic orphans, or mere bundles of nerves and globs of dna.

In between the scoffing, the sarcasm, and the bullying, there are four arguments Dawkins and other militant atheists use to plow-in their worldview:

1. Christianity, like all religions, leads to violence.
2. God is just an invention designed to console losers.

3. Christian faith is a leap in the dark without any reliable basis.
4. The natural sciences have disproved God. (Taken Alister McGrath’s essay, Challenges From Atheism)

I would add a fifth one: Christians have a mental illness. According to Dawkins:

“Like computer viruses, successful brain viruses will tend to be hard for the victims to detect. If you are the victim of one, the chances are that you won’t know it, and may even vigorously deny it.” (quotes #8)

Argument #1 refers to wars and massacres that have been committed in the name of Christianity. A true believer in Christ follows the whole Bible, which tells us in no uncertain terms to not kill. Jesus told us to turn the other cheek, forgive, and to love one another. It is power that corrupts. The lust for power will cause all types of violence in the name of whatever is convenient. Satan mascarades as an angel of light. I believe these verses from Paul in 2Corinthians11: 13-15 describe very well the men who have committed murder and sexual molestation in the name of Christianity:

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.”

Argument #2: This is just cruel and ignorant. A mother loses her child. A husband’s wife suddenly dies. Would Mr. Dawkins actually have the arrogance to tell these people they are losers? You can see that what militant atheism attacks is a stereotype of Christian based on what they have chosen to see about Christians.

Argument #3: Faith is belief in something that is not seen. The Bible is clear about the Bible. In 2Timothy 3:16, Paul says:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”

That said, we either believe it as the inspired word of God, the ultimate guide for a life in this world–or not. The choice is ours. Believing the claims of Scriptures means that we have faith that God exists and manifested his mercy, love, and grace through the prophets and apostles of the Bible. We believe the Bible to be historically reliable. If you do not believe then I can understand that there is no reliable evidence for you, since you do not believe the evidence.

Argument #4:God is supernatural.Outside of nature. We believe He created nature as we know it. Science is the study of the natural. I once heard this example, which illustrates the issue very well: You walk along the beach, and for miles you see only but ripples in the sand produced by the waves of the ocean. Suddenly, you find letters drawn in the sand which say, I love John. Will you not conclude that someone has been there? Look at all the other planets–no trees, no mountains, no birds–nothing. Then look at the earth. Look at how beautifully designed everything is. Dawkins is using a flashlight to attempt to convince you there is no light-bulb in the house and that therefore no such thing as light exists.

Argument#5: Dawkins’ quote that faith is a brain virus is a serious allegation. It shows clearly that he not only dis-believes in God, but also that he is hostile to all who claim to have a personal loving relationship with Him. I would like to ask him what he suggests we do to eradicate this so-called mental illness. He is blinded by his pride and arrogance.

“The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God’.” (Psalm 14:1) Dawkins and company bash their own stereotype of Christian and God. It is because of their pride, arrogance, and selfishness that they are blind to the truth of the Scriptures. May God help them. They lead people astray by sounding very convincing and preaching to people who just wanna hear what their itching ears long to hear. And I hope one day they realize that although some people have an adult’s body, inside they have the soul of a broken child, a soul that never healed.