I had my wisdom teeth out today, and can't sleep. So this post may get interesting, as I'm tired, and on narcotics.
OK, I saw a pickup literally covered with anti-God and anti-Christian bumper stickers a while back. They were about 8 columns across and 6 rows high... probably 50 or so.
What does this cat
have to prove?
Consider your average Christian, who takes "go into all nations" to heart, and tries to share the Gospel with others. He believes that God exists, Jesus exists, that one must go from a state that will not cause salvation on judgement day, to one that will cause salvation on judgement day. We won't debate what must be done to go from one state to the other.
If, there is no God - Jesus - Holy Spirit, that all there is to this life, is this life
- when he takes his final breath, what has living a "religious" life cost him?
By asking that, I'm posing the question - what does the "militant atheist" (like the guy on I-40 in Knoxville, or the guy I knew in high school 15-20 years ago) have to gain, by steering someone away from a certain lifestyle?
Consider the militant atheist - (my term) - he actively tries to disprove the Bible. Actively tries to disprove the existence of God. Convinces someone that the Bible is not true; that there is no need to become spiritually in a state that will lead to salvation from sin, because there will be no judgement; that there's nothing beyond this life.
Why does he care? When this life is done, according to him, that's it.
Does the Atheist feel as if he is liberating someone from some bounds that are imposed upon him? What does he gain from that?
Let's just say I quit a particular sin that is physically enjoyable, because I became religious. Being religious and overcoming that sin will cause me pleasure, too, because. Therefore, I am not "giving up" anything. If Mr. Atheist convinces me that everything I believe is wrong, then I am free to go back to my sin. Is that his purpose? To help me have the most possible enjoyment here?
The purpose of the religious person, is to encourage others to do whatever is necessary to avoid eternal future punishment, in a temporary life (here and now). There's sense to be made in that.
Bottom line - if the religious man finds out at the moment he enters biological death, that nothing's there - no judgement, no afterlife, no eternal dwelling with God - there'll be no regrets, no anger. No one religious would say, "I gave up partying and hookers and drugs and gambling, and now I don't get nothing????"
However, if the atheist man finds out at that same moment, that there is another life, with a judgement coming; and he ain't gonna be on the right side of said judgement....
I don't get these militant atheists. If they're proven right, then there's no venue in which to enjoy their proof. If they're wrong, time for the asbestos underwear. Why not just shut up about it?