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Why All the Fuss (published in The North Weld Herald 8/6/09)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:14 PM by Fccea Webmaster
The evangelistic zeal of leading atheists fascinates me. If there is no God what difference does it make?!

In recent years, we have had a spate of books written from an aggressively atheistic perspective: Dawkins' The God Delusion, Sam Harris' The End of Faith, and Christopher Hitchen's God is Not Great. These and others like them are getting a wide hearing.

Some, like Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett have even proposed a positive new title for themselves -- brights as in, I am a bright (implied -- you are not)! Dennett is quoted in the New York Times on July 12, 2003: "We brights don't believe in ghosts or elves or the Easter Bunny or God."

And parents take note -- there is an agenda! Dawkins acknowledges the right of parents to believe in God if they want, but questions, . . . should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society stepping in? (The God Delusion, p. 315).

Philosopher Richard Rorty proudly speaks of his secular colleagues trying to discredit you in the eyes of your children, trying to strip your . . . religious community of dignity, trying to make your views seem silly rather than discussable (First Things, May, 2004). Such quotations could be multiplied.

Why all the fuss if there is no God? Is it possible that all this protest is actually proof of the Bible's contention that men reject God with their hearts, not with their heads? They deny Him not because He can be disproven, but because they do not want to be accountable. Thus their crusade to be rid of Him.

The Bible's position is simply stated: "The fool says in his heart (not head, but heart), There is no God" (Psalm 14:1). And why does he do this? "Since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done" (Rom. 1:28). They desire the autonomy to do as they want as opposed to an unthinkable submission to a holy God.

Jesus notes the same thing in John 3:19: "And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil" (a problem of accountability, not intellect). Of course, we are all sinners, atheists and theists alike. Denying God is simply one way of dealing with this universal problem. No God no guilt!

Don't believe it's about accountability? Try this statement by Aldous Huxley, early 20th century atheist: "For myself, as, no doubt, for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. . . . from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom [emphasis added] (cited by Arlie Hoover, Dear Agnos, p. 260)."

But what if there is a God? Can personal autonomy truly compete with His standards? Dead ahead, through the pitch-black night, the captain sees a light on a collision course with his ship. He sends a signal: "Change your course ten degrees east." "Change yours ten degrees west," comes the reply. The captain responds, "I'm a United States Navy captain! Change your course, sir!" "I'm a seaman second class," the next message reads. "Change your course, sir." The captain is furious. "I'm a battleship! I'm not changing course!" "I'm a lighthouse. Your call."

Is it possible that denying God's revelation might not be so bright after all?

By His Grace, Pastor Dave