The Faith of Atheists
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Atheist related
Throughout the world nations acknowledge someone or something to whom they pray and sacrifice, whether it is God or other gods, animals or birds. Mankind is inherently religious as the following quote proves: “Is any people known to be completely without religion? The answer: We do not know, at present, of any people or tribe, from history or the present day, which may be said to be altogether devoid of religion.” (H Ringgren & A V Strom, Religions of Mankind, Fortress Press, 1967, introduction, p xix).
What then enables atheists to declare with confidence that there is no God?
1) They trust in themselves, their intellectual abilities, and their learning. They make the statement that there is no God, and in that way imply that they themselves are omniscient (know everything). The god they worship is a man, namely themselves.
2) They believe in the inherent goodness of man. But man can rise to great heights of cruelty and genocide. The two great world wars during the last century and countless other wars demonstrate that. In the present day there is also much violence and cruelty in society. The 'inherently good man' let down humanity many times as illustrated by Mao, Pol Pot and others.
3) The atheists “believe” in Charles Darwin. Prof Dawkins of Oxford University said: “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist’ (R Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, W W Norton and Co, 1996, p 6). To believe in evolution requires that its followers must check their brains at the laboratory door. They are expected to believe without asking questions. An evolutionist is required to believe that the millions of plants, animals, insects, and all life forms evolved naturally. Even the universe and all the stars came into exquisite order through an alleged miracle, the Big Bang. All this really constitutes millions of miracles. There are to date no scientific (note scientific, not postulations) proofs that evolution is possible. For example: one species cannot give rise to another, because no organism is able to increase information on its DNA by itself to form new body parts. Laws of Information constitute that information be programmed by an outside entity. The physicist Paul Davies said, ‘There is no known law of physics able to create information from nothing’ (Paul Davies, Life Force, New Scientist, 163 (2204): p 27-30, 18 September 1999).
When Darwin revived the evolutionary theory of the Greek philosophers, he did not have the advantage of modern technology. Had he known about the intricacies of plants and animals he might have thought otherwise. Today science has advanced to the degree that powerful microscopes reveal the astounding complexities of simple cells and amoebas.
Conclusion: Atheism is a religion, and belief in their 'gods' requires great faith; faith that there is no God, faith in the goodness of man, despite the witness of history, and faith in millions of evolutionary miracles. It is far easier to believe in the reliable witness of the Bible.
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