I Agree With the Atheists On This One

Thumbing through some quotes of atheists, agnostics, and satanists,
I came across some very compelling truths. Ironic may it be, but the
truth of Christ permeates every doctrine known to man, since any truth
that exists outside of Christ, was borrowed.

Words are magical and potent… use them effectively– Blanche Barton, High Priestess of the Church of Satan 

Well
said. James warns us that anyone who does not keep a tight reign on his
tongue, deceives himself and makes his religion worthless.

” 1. Stupidity
   
…The Cardinal Sin of Satanism. It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t
painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly
on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are
told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is
not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through
the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid.” –  Anton LaVey, (founder of
Satanism) The 9 Satanic Sins

I believe that a great many people in the Body of Christ suffer
from stupidity.  It is much easier to let the preacher do the thinking
for you. And LaVey has also picked up on the deception of media.  A lot
of misguided sheep form their theology from Hollywood’s interpretation
of the scripture. Paul warns in his second letter to Timothy (4:2) to
“Preach the word! Be ready in season [and] out of season. Convince,
rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching.”

“In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot
of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad
move.” – Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Aside from the obvious satire, Adams echoes the heart of Lucifer,
which was ultimately his downfall. Isaiah (14:12-15) prophesied that
because of Lucifer’s desire to be God, he would be cast down. I think
the divine romance between God and humanity royally pissed Satan off!

 In those parts of the world where learning and science have
prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are
barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue.  – Ethan Allen,
Reason the Only Oracle of Man (1784)

For a great, many people this is very true. Their faith has now
been misplaced in the world of science, trusting man’s discoveries more
than God’s mysteries.  Sadly, many believe science and faith to be
irreconcilable and with each new discovery, their faith dwindles.  And
while a great many scriptures can be argued for the combination of
faith and reason, I think Paul summed it best when he wrote to the
Romans (1:20) “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible
qualities—his
eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being
understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

 “People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern:
to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves,
for a few minutes anyway, free and happy.” – Mikhail Bakunin, Circular
Letter to My Friends in Italy, from James A Haught, ed., 2000 Years of
Disbelief

Like every good story, there are two sides to the issue.  One side
is made of drones. The other of worshipers.  The drones are stupefied
by the program. The worshipers are stupefied by the over-whelming
presence of God. The drones forget their misery but putting on a show.
The worshipers forget their misery because it is difficult to be
miserable when surrounded by love. The drones are free and happy
because they get to socialize. The worshipers are free and happy, well
because they are free and happy indeed. The truth has set them free.
(John 8:32). We know these kind of people. They are the radicals that
beckon us to join them in their romantic dance and get lost in the
moment, worshiping in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

“Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and sound reason.” – Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State

Again, Bakunin hits the nail on the head. Paul says it another way
in his first letter to the Corinthians, “For the message of the cross
is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being
saved it is the power of God.” (1:17-18)

 “Seeking what is true is not seeking what is desirable.” – Albert Camus, An Absurd Reasoning

If only Camus only knew. The truth isn’t desirable in most cases
because it means that we have to deny ourselves.  Paul writes in
Romans, that we are under a new circumcision of the heart (2:28-29). 
As a guy reading this, I can’t help but envision the painful imagery!  

“Refer me to one Atheist who denies the existence of God….
Etymologically, as well as philosophically, an ATheist is one without
God. That is all the ‘A’ before ‘Theist’ really means.” – G W Foote,
What Is Agnosticism (London, 1902), quoted from George H Smith,
“Defining Atheism,” in Atheism, Ayn Rand, and other Heresies

Well, yeah.  

“There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and
hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.” – E M
Forster, Two Cheers For Democracy (1951), quoted from Jonathon Green,
The Cassell Dictionary of Cynical Quotations

Luke quotes Christ putting it this way, “If anyone would come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow
me.” (9:23).  The reality of our walk with Christ, is that ultimately
it is going to take some sacrifice on our part.

“I am fond of saying that reading the Bible turned me into an
atheist.” – Ruth Hurmence Green, Preface to The Born-Again Skeptic’s
Guide To The Bible, quoted from Annie Laurie Gaylor, ed., Women Without
Superstition, p. 469

Both for the Jew and the Gentile, this statement rings true. For
the Jew, you come to the realization that the law is too impossible to
keep and your only salvation rests in the ability for God to sustain
you. Only then, can the law be kept. For the Gentile, you realize the
multitudes of your sin and the grace that has been given you through
the cross. Without Christ atonement, you can not be saved. In both
cases, your first encounter with Christ in the scriptures leaves you
stunned as you realize how much of an “atheist” you truly are, because
of the lack of God in your own life.  

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3 thoughts on “I Agree With the Atheists On This One

  1. Props for the “stupidity”–love is the greatest quality of a Christian, but it’s futile and possibly even harmful unless guided by wisdom. That’s why there’s a whole book in the Bible on wisdom, I think.”Miracles”–yeah, we’re too smart for those. Who wants an experience bigger than our universe anyway? “True vs. desirable”–more like, not what we think, in any stretch of our imagination, is desirable–even though it really is.

  2. Great responses, Kevin. I really like the Bakunin one. The wisdom of God is foolishness to guys like Bakunin and these other atheists. “Professing to be wise, they become fools. . .”

  3. Hey guys, thanks for the in put. I think that you are both right. They just don’t get it, nor would I expect them to, since they do not possess the Holy Spirit.

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