It’s becoming more and more common to be an atheist. There are atheist conferences, atheist “churches,” atheist clubs and atheist t-shirts. Do you have an atheist family member or friend?
When I was studying to be a pastor I decided to do an experiment. I decided to get together with 4 men (husbands of some of our members at our church) who were not Christians. We met about 6 times at Applebee’s and we talk about: 1. God, 2. Jesus, 3. Heaven, 4. Hell, 5. Creation and 6. Evil in the world. One of the men was an atheist and the other 3 were more Agnostic. (They believed in some higher power but did not have much clarity about the higher power.)
The atheist had Jewish ancestry but did not see himself as a Jew spiritually. He said his parents rarely went to the synagogue and that he was basically raised as a secular Jew. His parents always said they were Jews ethnically but atheists spiritually. He thought the purpose for life was to make the world a better place. I was happy with that answer. He wanted nothing to do with church or any Christian holiday. He was not at all scared to die because he believed that there was absolutely no afterlife. He thought the practice of the sacrificial system in the Old Testament was barbaric and rather horrific of God to kill animals to pay for humans wrong doing.
He saw no reason to believe in God and it caused me to start understanding, for the first time, how atheists really see the world.
The discussion that made him scratch his head the most was the discussion we had about Creation. We had lots of discussion about evolution but he really could not explain where the stuff all came from that started evolving. I asked him “WHERE DID THE STUFF COME FROM that exploded in the big bang? Where did the stuff come from that supposedly started evolving into living cells and then living animals? DID ALL MATTER COME FROM NOTHING? Something cannot come from nothing. That does not make any sense. There had to have been something that created all the stuff that caused life.”
As the discussion went on He eventually agreed that he never really had a good explanation for how it all began, where all the stuff came from at the beginning that was the building blocks of life. He then admitted that his father, towards the end of his life, admitted to believing in some higher power because he just had no good explanation for how anything came to be without a Divine Instigator.
So even this atheist admitted that, to some extent, atheism is a delusion. It makes NO SENSE to believe that SOMETHING CAME FROM NOTHING. There is really no explanation for where matter came from accept from God.
So, Is Atheism a delusion? Yes because nothing comes from nothing and something comes from something.
I strongly encourage you to watch the free 60 minute video on the website link below. If you have high school or young adult family members watch it with them or email them the link and encourage them to watch it. If you have an atheist friend, email them the website and ask for their thoughts on the video.
We have answers to people’s difficult questions. We just need to get the answers out to them.
Pastor Chad Starfeldt was installed at Shepherd of the Hills in June of 2012.