only help my unbelief


The problem with atheists
December 5, 2008, 1:46 pm
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[Go read this article at CNN.]

For those too lazy to click, in Washington State, a group of atheists put up a sign about the winter solstice next to a nativity scene. Within an hour of the sign being put up, it was stolen. As you can imagine, some people are quite upset.

Let me say first that I believe that those who put up the sign have the right to do so, and so I’m not trying to side with those who stole the sign. It is wrong to steal, but the atheists and humanists have it all wrong. First:

The incident will not stifle the group’s message, Gaylor said, adding that a temporary sign with the same message would be placed in the building’s Rotunda. Gaylor said a note would be attached saying, “Thou shalt not steal.”

Gaylor goes on to say, correctly, that whoever took the sign (assuming they are professing Christians, although couldn’t it just have been some agnostics?) wasn’t following their own commandments. This is true. But the atheists, based on their worldview and beliefs, truly have no right to get upset about it being stolen. They can’t say that it’s wrong to steal, because they have no standard for right and wrong without the knowledge of God.

Later in the article:

In Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association began a bus ad campaign this month questioning belief in God.

“Why believe in a god?” the advertisement asks. “Just be good for goodness sake.”

There is no such thing as goodness’ sake. There is only God, and He is the only Good. It’s truly impossible to be good for goodness’ sake. Like the Friends episode where Phoebe tries to do something completely altruistic, we are incapable of doing things without ulterior motives without the Lord’s grace.

I wasn’t angered or upset by this article at all. I shook my head because what so many people quoted in the article said was so completely contradictory.

I think a better response would have been to leave the sign where it was, and not make such a big stink out of it. Is our God so small that we have to defend him by committing misdemeanors? I think that He’s big enough to take care of Himself.