ANALYZING ATHEISTS: LACK OF INTEGRITY & INTELLECT?
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
General Dwight Eisenhower stated: “It takes no brains to be an atheist. Any stupid person can deny the supernatural.”
King David declared: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” (Ps.14:1). Was the king actually saying that a person who says there is no God, is a fool? No! He was stating the facts, that an imbecile, insane person or fool, cannot be held responsible for making such a ridiculous statement!
It has been said: “An atheist is one who believes he has absolute knowledge that there is no one who has absolute knowledge. Yet he/she also believes there are no absolutes and is absolutely sure about that.”
President Abraham Lincoln asked: “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?” Then he answered: “Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Atheists often make ridiculously stupid statements, but that does not make them true. Let’s stick with the truth, because Jesus said: “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 10: 10)
● Problems Atheists Have to Bear!
"The only good thing you do on your knees is scrub floors. You sometimes feel really grateful, but to whom? You call Dial A Prayer for Atheists and no one answers. You have to tell that tender, small voice to shut up all the time. Your idea of a higher power in the universe is the Inland Revenue! Limited profanity - why bother to curse in the name of someone who doesn't exist? " - Selected
● Said the Barber to the Preacher
A Minister and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city slums. The barber says to the preacher: “This is why I cannot believe in a God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not permit all this poverty, disease and squalor: He would not allow these bums to be addicted to dope and other character destroying habits. No, I cannot believe in a God who permits these things.”
The Minister was silent until they met a man who was especially unkempt and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck, and he had a half-inch of stubble on his face. Then, the Minister said: "You can't be a very good barber or you wouldn't permit a man like that to continue living in this neighbourhood without a haircut or shave!"
Indignantly the barber answered: "Why blame me for that man's condition? I can't help it that he is like that. He has never given me a chance to help him. If he would only come to my shop, I could fix him up and make him look like a gentleman!"
Giving the barber a penetrating look, the Minister said: "Then don't blame God for allowing these people to continue in their evil ways, when He is constantly inviting them to come and be saved. The reason these people are slaves to sin and evil habits is that they refuse the One who died to save and deliver them."
HUXLEY’S DECEPTIVE MOTIVES!
Aldous Huxley in the book, Ends and Means confesses: "I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning: Consequently assumed that it had none, and was able to find satisfying reasons for this assumption.
“The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics (the study of being and the origin of the cosmos); he is also concerned to prove there is no valid reason to prove he should not do as he wants to.
“For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political."
Out of his own mouth, Huxley revealed to the world the outright lies, deception and the universal hypocrisy of agnostics and atheists that condemns him and his ilk of pompous, arrogant and rebellious blasphemers!
Shortly before George Bernard Shaw died in 1950, he wrote: "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt. Its counsels which should have established the millennium, have led directly to the suicide of Europe. I believed them once. In their name I helped to destroy the faith of millions. And now they look at me and witness the great tragedy of an atheist who has lost his faith in Atheism.”
THE RESULT OF ATHEISM: EMPTINESS!
Writers H.G. Wells and George Bernard Shaw were brilliant men, yet they rejected the message of Scripture. They placed their trust in their own systems of belief, which were based on human reason. Yet they could not find lasting inner peace, and they slowly lost confidence in what they believed. Wells' final literary work, for example, has been aptly called "a scream of despair."
BURIED BY MAN'S WISDOM
In December 1986, Eleanor Barry, a
70-year-old ex-actress, was killed by a pile of paper. A giant pile of books,
newspapers, and the press clippings dating back 25 years collapsed on Miss
Barry while she lay in bed. Police had to use an axe to smash the door of her
bedroom because the collapsed pile blocked their entry. They stated the weight
of the papers muffled her cries for help.
Those searching for truth need to beware of the power of print to kill all desire for God. The rationalistic theories of men can crush the spirit of inquiry after truth. Many a man or woman has become the victim of atheism and agnosticism by means of the printed page.
BERTRAND RUSSELL DESCRIBES HOPELESSNESS
Bertrand Russell sadly lamented: “The life of man is a long march through the night, surrounded by invisible foes, tortured by weariness and pain, towards a goal that few can hope to reach and where none can tarry long. One by one, as they march, our comrades vanish from our sight, seized by the silent orders of omnipotent death."
WHAT IS AN ATHEIST?
"An atheist is one who believes he has absolute knowledge that there is no one who has absolute knowledge. Yet he also believes there are no absolutes and is absolutely sure about that." - Selected
A scientist is said to have approached God thus: “The Executive Board of Scientific Breakthroughs has decided that we no longer need You! We’ve had so many advances in science, so many breakthroughs that we can run this universe by ourselves! We can transplant hearts and lungs and even clone people. What we are doing is nothing short of the miraculous."
God listened patiently and then said, "OK- to see whether or not you still need Me, let's have a man making contest?” "Great", said the scientist!
"Now, we are going to do it just as I did it in the old days with Adam", God said. "That's fine" answered the scientist and bent down to get a handful of dirt. "Just a moment," said the Lord, shaking His head in disapproval. "Not so fast Mister, you get your own dirt!” Amen.
● THE FRUIT OF ATHEISM IN SOVIET UNION
In my crusades in the former Soviet Union and Romania in 1989 and later in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and other Easter European Countries, I saw the destructive consequences of 70 years of Atheism in alcoholism and broken homes and a hundred other ills!
A letter written in 1992 to the ‘Soviet Ukraine’ by Nadiia Hundert, Kiev, Ukraine confirms what I personally witnessed:
"Today, as a consequence of an atheistic upbringing, we are knee-deep in alcoholics, drug addicts, other chemically dependent individuals, loafers, bums, criminals, savages, uncouths, dullards, cruel and frightful juveniles who commit crimes for the fun of it. These are people who were brought up by non-believer parents and an atheistic society. It would be a very good thing if, in restructuring the school curriculum, the education specialists included teaching of religion in our schools."
CAN ATHEISTS GET INSURANCE FOR ACTS OF GOD? From ‘Check It Out For Yourself’ (12/11/81)
A scientist once asked author Dorothy Sayers to write a letter to his scientific organization, setting forth her reasons for believing in the Christian faith. The letter was not at all what the scientist had expected. It said:
"Why do you want a letter from me? Why don't you take the trouble to find out for yourselves what Christianity is? You take time to learn technical terms about electricity. Why don't you do as much for theology? Why do you never read the great writings on the subject, but take your information from the secular 'experts' who have picked it up as accurately as you? Why don't you learn the facts in this field as honestly as in your own field? Why do you accept mil-dewed old heresies as the language of the church, when any handbook of church history will tell you where they came from?
"Why do you balk at the doctrine of the Trinity-God the Three in One-yet meekly acquiesce when Einstein tells you E = MC2? What makes you suppose that the expression 'God ordains' is narrow and bigoted, while your own expression 'Science demands' is taken as an objective statement of fact? You would be ashamed to know as little about internal combustion as you know about Christian beliefs.
"I admit," she continued, "you can practice Christianity without knowing much theology, just as you can drive a car without knowing much about internal combustion. But when something breaks down in the car, you go humbly to the man who understands the works; whereas, if something goes wrong with religion, you merely throw the works away and tell the theologian he is a liar. Why do you want a letter from me telling you about God? You will never bother to check on it or find out whether I'm giving you personal opinions or Christian doctrines. Don't bother with me. Go away and do some work and let me get on with mine."
In his 1681 letter to Thomas Burnett regarding creation, the famed scientist referred to Genesis: “As to Moses ... he described realities in a language artificially adapted to ye sense of ye vulgar.... Where natural causes are at hand God uses them as instruments in his works, but I do not think them sufficient for ye creation ...”
A tale is told about a small town that had historically been "dry," but one day a local businessman decided to build a tavern.
A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. A short time afterwards a bolt of lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.
The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were certainly not responsible.