Military Religious Freedom Foundation try to remove any nativity scene in military bases they can find, while the American Atheists organization is erecting billboards advocating the removal of Jesus Christ from “Christ”mas. The argument has been made countless times that the removal of Christian influence and tradition from state institutions in the name of religious freedom really is combining church and state into an atheistic fundamentalism. This is an argument I agree with wholeheartedly and I want to take it a little step further and say that it is quite perplexing the atheist hatred of all things Christian when they are probably the best students of Christian evangelistic ideology and strategy. I actually go as far as saying, “If it wasn’t for us Christians, there would be no atheists.”
Wait, what?! No way this could be true. Aren’t militant atheists the enemy of anything to do with Jesus Christ? I would have to answer yes and at the same time I have come to see that atheistic fundamentalists can’t get away from the Son of God or His followers. Try visiting any poorly run or ecumenical Christian message board on the internet and you will find these sites are populated with many atheists ready for a debate and hoping to make life miserable for the would-be Christian theologian. When I was younger and a frequenter of these types of sites, I would often ponder as to why atheists would spend so much time on a Christian site. I realized that the atheist is performing the same act of evangelism a Christian exhibits when going to similar atheist message boards and debating.
What is also surprising is the atheist’s need to gather with other likeminded people on Sunday. It is very ironic, which sadly is not realized by the partakers, to read articles about atheistic “mega-churches” and realize many of the congregants are supposedly vastly opposed to the church going Christian crowds. Just like the atheists who have copied evangelism from Christian actions, these atheists congregate just as Christians do on Sundays to hear sermons and sing “praise” songs. All of this leaping of Christian traditions should drive a person to question that if these evangelistic, fundamentalist, and congregational atheists are so adamant to spread their religion, then what exactly are they selling?
At least Christianity offers everlasting life through belief in Jesus Christ and a certain happiness and joy that goes along with the promise that God will never leave you nor forsake you. Even through suffering, we have wonderful passages like 1 Peter 5:8-10 to get us through the day:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
What does the atheist have to offer? They offer nothing positive. The most positive thing one of the aforementioned billboards has said is, “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” I don’t know about you but that sentiment is not very comforting, does not help to stop worrying, and only increases uncertainty. The message is not very sure of itself. There probably is no God? Obviously they don’t want to anger the Deity if He does in fact exist, but also it is not very concrete. Contrast this with the Word of God which is very clear in Its message. One of the most commonly referred to Bible verses is John 3:16 and there is no “probably” in the verse’s text:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Atheists have no similar promise of salvation or hope of an end to suffering. All they can offer is a phrase found in Isaiah 22:13, “…let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.” It is actually quite funny to realize that God outlined atheistic sentiments thousands of years before the movement began. So, how would you like to spend your holiday season? Do you want to spend your time worrying about whether God exists or not and realizing the implications of your meaningless life if He doesn’t? Or do you want to be secure in the thought that God is alive and well and has sent His Son, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to save us from our sins with the hope of His Return?