Fools Rush In

atheistsThe fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

What’s so foolish about atheism? Let’s think about the opposite for a sec. There’s this super being. He’s invisible. Nobody’s ever seen this guy—ever. In fact, by definition you can’t see him. Nobody can prove that he exists. You have to take it on faith; you have to believe in the invisible guy in order to know that he exists, not the other way around. Get that? First you believe that there’s an invisible guy. After you believe he exists, then you’re pretty sure he does.

Now apply this principle to your checking account balance. You have no money (well, for argument’s sake let’s say you’ve got $13.07). Now believe that you have ten grand in there—not pretend believing, mind you, but real believing in the ten grand that you can’t see. Heck, as long as we’re at it, why not believe in ten million bucks in your account? Believe it hard. Don’t waver or be double-minded. Believe it so much that you know it’s in there. Now relax. As long as you don’t spend more than $13.07 you are stinking rich. I said it, you believe it, and that settles it.

The atheist has a boat load of good reasons not to buy into the God thing. For one thing, people can believe anything they want. If you want to be Napoleon, stick your hand in your shirt and wear a funny hat. So what if they throw you in the funny farm? As long as you believe you’re Napoleon, you’re Napoleon. At least you can point to the funny hat as evidence. But just because you believe something doesn’t make it true, especially not for everybody else. Personally, I’m convinced I look a lot like George Clooney, but there are so many unbelievers out there.

The atheist also has a big problem seeing how God and evil fit together in a nicely wrapped package. If God is good, then why does bad stuff happen to nice people? For example, the other day I had to wait for 1o minutes in the Starbucks drive-through. I’m serious. 10 freaking minutes! I know for a fact that I didn’t deserve that. But there it was: an undeniable, air-tight argument against the existence of God. I’m telling you, if they hadn’t given me my drink for free as an apology, I probably would have junked the whole super being thing then and there.

But maybe the biggest reason atheists don’t buy into the God thing is celery. There is no way you can convince me that there is a wise, all-powerful supreme creator being who would make celery. You can show me stars in the sky. You can show me neutrinos and quarks. You can point me to Mother Teresa or Lazarus raised from the dead. But I will point you to a stalk of celery and you will just have to take your $13.07 and go home.

So what makes the atheist a genuine, died-in-the-wool, over-the-top, bona fide, twenty-four carat, in-your-face fool?

He’s wrong, most likely.


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