The Truth on Atheism
By Tom Brown
My father came home from work the one day a guy had asked him how far is heaven from earth, then said “as far as your knees are from the ground”.
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. One guy at work an American once told me he is not religious but he does agree with the serenity prayer and does believe in it. I would say he was the most pleasant person I've worked with. Some church people said if you can't see God you must be looking in the wrong direction and if you can't find God, well I didn't know he was lost. They said you don't need a torch to see the sun.
When meeting the first thing is he would declare “I am an Atheist, unless you can see a difference between “I don't believe in God” and “I believe there is no God”. Well the two are completely different. Best of both worlds, shock with the radical “I am an Atheist” but it is not so, he just said it himself as Agnostic which is apparently to be the more reasonable. If you think about it also, they are distinct, and even both of the form of an act of faith and crude religion “I believe …”
Otherwise he might say it is the same as believing there is no afterlife. Another altogether untrue statement and very misleading.
Fanatic atheist's converting as gospel any chance spoiling for a fight, the reason obviously is to reassure and convince them themselves and then how clever they are and how courageous. I don't have the strength for this kind of thing.
For the challenge “Prove God to me” I want to answer “He can prove it Himself”.
At a time in high school and another stretch later at university for some time claimed to be atheist it was really a kind of fashion for many very clever young minds I think and how brave they were it is all very stupid and just to rebel against establishment. A few got stuck there. I walked another road.
Of course the really intelligent guys claimed to be communist as well and none of us even knew what it was. Nothing really but simply fashion and very foolish as apparently proving you must be brilliant.
All-in-all I found the idea of God as a lot more scary than that there is none. As for believing in no afterlife and that you just pass on, the idea of hell is a lot more scary than just an eternal sleep of empty silence and darkness.
In 2011 I read in a New Scientist magazine an article describing research in Psychology concerning what atheism is, as opposed to faith and religion and more specifically Christianity. In effect reversing roles and studying atheism from a reasoned spiritual viewpoint.
In this approach with serious formal academic research we now work from the standpoint that faith is in fact the more normal and healthy state of mind. From the viewpoint of psychology it is very interesting as something rather novel in academic study I would think, and high-time.
It does sound similar to the very successful twelve step fellowships and the formal logotherapy of Viktor Frankl and even modern psychiatry.
It seems the usual approach is to try and find out what is wrong with Christians as actually believing, and considering other religions too. The core hidden assumption of course is that atheism has to be the true or normal (as the “rational”).
One could start by studying the distributions and population demography in detail it is not hard to do, how many people consider themselves atheist, Christian or another religion? How many are regular churchgoers of which how many actually do not believe in God? Visa-versa and so on.
An atheist prayer is “God, if there is a God, save my soul, if I have a soul”. Not very convincing. Rather something like the drowning disciple Peter, calling upon the name of the Lord, “Jesus save me Lord save me save my soul! Lord Jesus Save Save me Jesus!!”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
It is interesting that atheist “evangelists” always appear to be fixed on Christianity and often have detailed knowledge of the Bible, but hardly any at all of other religions and they don't even seem interested. Makes you think doesn't it?