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I was flipping through a newspaper last weekend when an article caught my attention. It was titled “Muslims take Atheist Group’s Billboard in Stride, but Christians Criticize Move”.
The blurb covered a billboard posted earlier this month in Patterson, New Jersey that declared religion a myth. It says both in English and Arabic, “You know it’s a myth. You have a choice”. Ironically enough the sign was posted across the street from a neighboring mosque with the goal of asking atheists “to come out of the closet”.
Let’s say I found it amusing.
Some people, like the salon owner directly below the sign, were disgusted with the signage. They’d have preferred the person behind it to have kept the comment to themselves. Others admired the use of free speech. Then there were the few stragglers who could probably careless as they walked past it.
Now while there could be a million things to read between the lines , one thing stuck out to me towards the end.
The leader of the Muslim mosque, Mohammad Qatanani; and the president of the American Atheists, David Silverman were apparently discussing things of a similar manner in regards to the sign.
Qatanani is quoted saying, “We have to accept everyone—we are all from dust and become dust, right?”
To which Silverman replied, “Well, yes, we’re all from raw matter.”
Raw matter…? Is that all?
Well we may be made of raw matter, secured into the form of a human with arms and legs and have the ability to think, but that’s not all.
There have been numerous theories supposing where we may have originated from, including evolution and the famous big bang theory. There are scientists perplexed by the mysteries of much of creation. Where do we come from? What’s my purpose? And where do we go when its all over?
They are big questions and how we answer them shows up in how we live our life.
To Mr. David Silverman, I’d like to pose these questions:
Where do we come from?
He’d probably say something along the lines of evolution, and that we evolved from a series of various creatures over a period of time as a means of survival.
What’s your purpose?
Perhaps it is to bring atheists “out of the closet” or to unite them?
I’m guessing Silverman is a great speaker and organizer as he is the president of the American Atheists, though I would like to see him use his skills towards something else rather than renouncing God.
Where do you go when it’s all over?
This has to be the grabber of all questions.
As Christians we believe you either go to heaven or hell based on the effects of what we call sin in the human race and faith in Jesus Christ. You see God is a holy God and cannot be around anything evil. He made man pure, but man fell (did wrong) and sin entered the world. Because sin is so horrible, God could no longer be with man though that was what we were created for. We were made to be with God.
Ever hear the term “only human“? Well we are and thus imperfect. We make mistakes, just like the first man did. But God couldn’t leave his wonderful creation to decay and fall only into hell, forever separated from Him. That was never His plan. So since we could never fill the gap or be completely perfect, He had to do it Himself. He did this through His Son, Jesus Christ.
You see sin has a price and must be paid for. The only way we could pay for it was eternity in hell. However through Christ, God paid that price. Through faith in Jesus, our sin is covered and we can once again “hang out” with God.
Now if you take all that away—or any religions beliefs for that matter—and what do you have?
You may have the source of where you come from, but purpose is lacking. Life has no purpose in itself. We would be forced to think along the lines of “survival of the fittest“, but then social order and morals would then be proven pointless. If life was only survival of the fittest why let protect children from pedophiles and women from rapists? Why have a government to keep order and establish social classes?
Without purpose life is pointless.
Then again there is the question of death. It’s inevitable for everybody. We all have a real, physical death. Most of you have dealt with the grief that goes along with losing a loved one. I have.
My question is, if you spend all your life fighting for the survival of the fittest only to die in the end, what’s the point?
Yes, you may have made things better for those who come after you. I think we all can agree that some modern convinces likes cars make life much easier than in years past. But eventually, after you’re gone, you’re forgotten. Perhaps not by those closest to you, but in the later generations your name will only be a memory soon to fade to nothing.
Think about it. Of all the historical figures we know of, we hear more about those who made very significant impacts politically, socially, ethically, etc. But what about the mother who sends her kids to school everyday and gives them a hot meal? Or the dad who does what he can to make ends meet? We don’t hear much about them do we?
When life ends what does any of it benefit us anyway? We can’t take any of it with us. The pharaohs of Egypt tried that. What about the soul? What about your soul?
I think it takes more faith to believe life is just life, than to believe something as simple as the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is more to life than the mere day to day we see here. There is more than survival of the fittest. There is more than just the grave and our own inevitable death. There is life!
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