FaceBook reminded me of my grandnephew’s birthday. I wanted to wish him a happy birthday, but I also wanted to be a witness to him because, astonishingly, somehow as a small child of less than ten years old, he came to adopt atheism.
ME: Happy birthday young man! The God of the universe has given you another year to celebrate His life and purposes! For that I am grateful. RELATIVE: I appreciate it, the universe has chosen me lol and I'm grateful.
1.Of course, I will have to respond to this. You are my flesh and blood, the grandson of my brother.
2.I believe God, through Christ Jesus has a special calling in your life. I have sensed it from the time you, as a child, sat in the backseat of my van riding with me and my mother (your great grandmother, who helped raise your mother) about 15 or years ago. Because of this special calling of God, I will continue to give you small doses of God's word to help you understand both His salvation and His purposes for your life.
3.I fully understand you and your brother Johnnie (real name hidden for privacy) have an inclination to atheism, so I will give you small doses of truth to help you understand the irrational basis of atheism. For example, your statement reads, "the universe has chosen me, and I'm grateful." I'm aware your appeal to the universe originates in actors like Will Smith and Jim Carrey, who have made this kind of thinking about the universe popular. However, what you may not have considered is that you have simply turned your denial and rejection of the real God, into an acceptance of the ‘universe’ as god. The universe has no power to choose, there are no sacred writings, nor is there is any evidence anywhere past or present, that the universe has any power to choose any person or thing. There is no evidence that the universe has any power, in any way! There is no evidence it has performed any miracles to prove its ability, or its goodness to mankind. The universe simply exists, it is a created thing like a rock, or a mountain, or any other inanimate thing. It has no breath, nor life. Although it is expanding, it has no eyes to see, nor ears to hear, nor does it have understanding. Actors like Will Smith and Jim Carrey have simply invented another religion, with another god—the universe!
In reality, the actions of actors Smith, Carrey, and other like them are simply an act of rebellion against the authentic God, attempting to replace Him with a false ‘universe’ god.
Allow me to expand my point. Your statement draws two conclusions about the universe:
a. The universe has the ability to choose
b. We express our gratefulness to the universe
Interestingly, these two things: chosen and gratefulness, are relegated to the Biblical God:
a.God chooses us (Jn15:16, Matt22:14)
b.We are to be grateful to God(Ps50:14).
To direct these points at the universe confirms my contention that you have simply replaced the authentic God with a pseudo god!
Hence, the nature of atheism’s irrationality revealed--it declares boldly, and definitely: "We reject the idea of a deity". Yet contradicting itself, it must declare another, or some other, as god! There are 3 primary areas where atheism reveals its irrationality by denying the existence of God, while simultaneously accepting a deity in their lives:
i.atheists direct or guide their own lives thereby declaring 'self' to be god.
ii.atheists adopt the philosophy of another man, thereby declaring that man to be their god.
iii.atheists adopt a thing to give them guidance, declaring its’ deity, for example the universe. Of course, because things, like the universe, can’t speak, hear, or have understanding, the atheist simply invents an appropriate doctrine, which backs point iii to point i---and we simply start over again.
At its most fundamental level, atheism is simply idolatry. Atheism is not the rejection of a deity, but the acceptance of self as god; a favorite philosopher as god; or in context of this writing, the acceptance of the universe as god.
4.Most importantly, God loves you! Because He has set His love upon you, i.e. chosen you---He wants you, and needs you!
Our age finds it difficult to come to grips with Churchill. The political leaders with whom we are familiar generally aspire to be superstars rather than heroes. The distinction is crucial. Superstars strive for approbation; heroes walk alone. Superstars crave consensus; heroes define themselves by the future; they see as their risk to bring about. Superstars seek success in a technique for eliciting support; heroes pursue success as the outgrowth of their inner values.” – Henry Kissinger.