Checkmate, Atheists

Checkmate, Atheists March 26, 2014

J. Lee Grady, former editor of Charisma News, has an article in that magazine with a list of 7 things that prove God is real. It’s a devastating list, I’m sure you will agree. But he begins by telling us all why he feels so sad for us because he once spoke to a nasty old woman on the phone.

When I was a journalist in my 20s, I needed to verify a fact about atheism. This was before the Internet age, so I phoned the Texas headquarters of American Atheists. Madalyn Murray O’Hair, the mother of modern atheism in this country, answered my call. Apparently she had a very small staff!

Her voice was gruff, and she sounded angry and cynical, even before I identified myself as a Christian. She answered my question and I hung up. Ever since then, I’ve felt intense sadness for people who deny the existence of God. Explaining her beliefs, O’Hair once said, “There is no God. There’s no heaven. There’s no hell. There are no angels. When you die, you go in the ground; the worms eat you.” What a sad way to view life!

Really? You talked to one person decades ago and now you feel “intense sadness” for everyone else you place in her category? Madalyn Murray O’Hair is hardly a role model for atheists. She was a nasty, mean, bigoted woman that I had and have pretty much no use for. And no, that isn’t a sad way to view life. It’s just reality. And it has no bearing on how we actually live our lives between birth and death.

I’m sure Mrs. O’Hair would be upset about the new Christian film God’s Not Dead, which opens in theaters this Friday. The film features Kevin Sorbo (who played in the 1990s TV show Hercules) as an atheist college professor who tries to force a Christian student (Shane Harper) to rethink his beliefs.

Yes, I’m sure she would. And she should. The atheist college professor character could not be any more of a ridiculous, cartoonish version of an atheist if they put him in red tights with horns, a pitchfork and fangs and had him walk into the class eating deep-fried baby. No reasonable person could find it anything but laughable, but I have no doubt it will slip easily into the minds of millions of ignorant people because it fits their preconceived notions of what an atheist is like.

And now, on to those things that allegedly prove God is real. Like #3:

3. Flowers. There are more than 400,000 species of flowers in the world, and most of them are not edible. Their job is to simply make the world beautiful. Did they just haphazardly evolve over time, or did a loving God create each individual shape and color scheme for our enjoyment? People who choose to deny God don’t spend enough time looking at tulips, snapdragons, orchids, lilies, lotuses or magnolias. This is why it’s really important to stop and smell the roses!


4. The Bible. Paul wrote that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). The Bible itself is proof of God’s existence because He used 40 unrelated people over a period of 2,000 years to write His unique love letter to us. There is nothing like the Bible because it carries the same consistent message throughout all of its 66 different books.

I’m always amused when people quote that passage from Timothy (which Paul almost certainly did not write, by the way). It was written before there was such a thing as the Bible, so it can’t possibly refer to the Bible. There wouldn’t be a Bible for another three centuries or so. And yes, it just goes on like this. Rigorous arguments, don’t you think?

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