Monday, 26 March 2012

There Are No Dead Atheists

Atheists are either right, that there is no God, or they are not. An atheist, upon death, is no longer an atheist. If he was right in his assumption, then he is no longer an atheist because he is no longer, period. If he was wrong, then he is simply no longer an atheist.

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Monday, 12 March 2012

Knock on the Right Door

Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God. (G.K. Chesterton.)
You have made us and drawn us to yourself, and our heart is unquiet until it rests in you. (St Augustine)
Each of us was built for relationship. The highest and ultimately most important relationship; the only one truly fully and permanently fulfilling, is one with God. This is the one for which God Himself has placed a hunger in every human heart. But people try to fill this need by looking for love in all the wrong places, to paraphrase a country song.

The young girl who, in her quest for approval and acceptance, gives in to a boyfriend's sexual demands, is really looking for what only God can provide.

The junkie, when he first pushed a needle in his arm may have been looking for peace, or escape, but he was really looking for God, whether he knew it or not.

The alcoholic who with a heart full of the ache of lonliness and despair returns again and again to the comfort of the bottle, ultimately is seeking what can only be satisfied by God.

These are all manifestations of man's futile attempt to satisfy a thirst that only God can quench.

Christ said,
"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture." (John 10:9)
Only in Christ will we find that pasture, that peace for which we yearn. If you see yourself or anyone you know in these situations, consider an Alpha course. There you will find friendship, acceptance, and eventually, Lord willing, the relationship with the God who loves you and, in the end, wants to have that relationship with you.

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Thursday, 1 March 2012

Pure Naturalism

So it occurred to me, this picture.

If all there is is natural, no place for the supernatural, then one must believe this: picture a billiard table, dimensions - infinity by infinity, perfectly flat. And imagine there is no such thing as friction, rolling or air. And imagine every atom and molecule in the universe represented by a billiard ball. And then imagine, for the sake of simplicity, one of these balls set in motion. It contacts another, glancing off in whatever direction, but setting that ball in motion, as well as continuing on its own in a new direction. These balls contact others, and so on... Sooner or later, all the balls will be in motion, bouncing off one another in a purely predictable fashion. Do any of these balls have a choice of which direction to go? No. In fact, the perpetual path of any ball, and all thereafter, is governed exclusively by the original path of the first ball. Every collision, the direction and speed of every single ball, is completely determined by that first event.

So this is how the complete atheist, the pure naturalist, must view the universe. There can be no room for rational thought, for independent decision making. There can be no free will. All reality must be completely deterministic, an immutable result of that first, "big bang."

Do atheists really believe this? I expect, if they were to examine their view strictly, ask every question and follow their logic to its natural conclusion, they might find it difficult to accept.

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