A few days ago this forum published an article of mine in which I challenged atheists to explain to the world what was in or about atheism which could persuade a Believer to forsake his or her belief and become an atheist. I also posed the question as to what value atheism could add to a Believers life which that person did not already or could have.
As I read through the roughly 80 comments to the article, I realised that most of the commentators did not really understand the point I was trying to make.
The point I was trying to make was this:
As an atheist you may be able to fulfil or satisfy some of your material or physical needs, e.g. cars, house, food etc. but atheism will never be able to satisfy man’s spiritual needs. Atheists will experience feelings of emptiness, a gap or void in their lives. “Something is missing in my life.” They will resort to try to fill that gap with various things but inevitably those feelings of emptiness will return. Atheists will of course vehemently try and deny this.
I am sure many of you have questioned your reason for being here. I know I did. Many times. “Why am I here? Surely there must be more to life than this?” Belief in God and the Bible answers those questions and fills that void. It gives Believers purpose, adds value to our lives. Can atheism claim something similar? I think not.
But it goes further than that. Belief in God and the Bible brings something more which sets Believers apart and which will outshine atheism any day of the week and that is a message of hope and redemption. Atheism can and will never ever even come close.
“God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
John chapter 3 vs 16, Everyday with Jesus Bible translation.
Believers have a hope, an expectation, a promise of eternal life in heaven, while atheists have, well, nothing. I believe that the Bible is telling us that there is more awaiting Believers after their lives on earth have ended. Ultimately if it turns out there is no God and no heaven, Believers would have lost nothing while atheists have lost everything.
Ultimately the choice is yours whether to believe in God and the Bible or not. I know which path I have chosen.