To the true believer, it is a preposterous suggestion. “How to become an atheist”. However, out in the big wide world, unsurprisingly this will not seem such a ridiculously useless instruction.
Ray Comfort has been taking the Gospel to unbelievers (and sharing it with believers) in a variety of effective ways for a long time. It is rarely a quiet affair, certainly never boring, but then neither is the subject of his ministry boring, which is the Gospel of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Since the internet has become a ‘place’ which is frequented regularly by people in search of information regarding almost all things pertaining to our lives, it has provided an additional platform for Ray’s work in proclaiming the Truth of the Word to unbelievers and in particular those of atheist persuasion.
Atheists employ information technology and social media on the extreme scale in their unending and frantic quest to find any trace of truth which could substantiate the fallacy of the athiest concepts. The virtual world and it’s faceless, formless inhabitants provides a perfect sounding board where unbelievers can proclaim the deceptive thoughts which constitute atheism, without having to deal with the physical reality of the devastating consequences in their life, or in the lives of those whom they influence. Of course, the extreme use of information technology and social media is not a distinguishing characteristic restricted to the atheist, neither is information technology or the social media the domain of the atheist.
The Bible certainly regards the deceptive, and quite frankly cowardly and ridiculous, cop-out of conceptual Atheism, as foolishness. By it’s very definition, atheism is a self-contradicting impossibility. That fact is also confirmed in no uncertain or unclear terms in that God has revealed sufficiently, all we need to know about His creation, something which becomes abundantly clear in the life of the true Christian. Prior to the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer, all these things tend to be approached as the atheist would do, from a scientifically or philosophically speculative position.
The following verses, which are rejected by unbelievers and atheists alike, as forming part of the Bible, specifically address the condition described above:
Romans 1:18 – 23 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Considering that we cannot even know our fellow finite human beings fully, how can we expect to fully know an infinite God? It is like trying to pour the ocean, which is seemingly infinite in quantity, into a finitely small bucket! Nonetheless, even as we can have meaningful relationships with others that we have grown to trust because of our limited knowledge of them and of their character, so God has revealed enough about Himself through His creation to realize that atheism, being an impossible concept, is cowardly foolishness.
It is therefore understandable that the moral obligation placed by God on man, is a fact which the atheist is ill-equipped to comprehend or respond to. Any reasonable person would not expect someone who is physically blind from birth to be able to distinguish between red and blue in the same way that a sighted person would. Although there are many other ways that the physically blind person can compensate for this during this earthly life, his or her absolute acceptance through perception, of the reality of red and blue, is absent.
Similarly, any reasonable person would not expect someone who is spiritually blind, to be able to distinguish between truth and lies in the same way that a spiritually enlightened person would. Although there are many ways that the spiritually blind atheist can compensate for this during this earthly life, his or her absolute acceptance through proof in conviction, of the reality of truth and lies, is absent.
Ray Comfort often includes in his writing, a generous dollop of sarcasm and wit, particularly when he addresses the subject of the strong-willed atheist. As the effective deceptions and mirages provided for by atheism take root and flourish in the mind of the unbeliever, their conscience, by the very nature of human conscience, seeks salvation in intellectual reasoning. The atheist is often ostentatious and even obsessed with an over developed intellectual approach to life, and their intellectually top-heavy ramblings are often employed to camouflage the inevitable failure of their arguments.
It seems that sometimes, it is with these attributes in mind, that Ray Comfort aptly approaches the subject, appealing to the atheist’s sense of intellectual superiority with tongue in cheek. He does so again in the piece I have attached below, with appreciation to Ray.
Posted: 01 Mar 2011 08:22 AM PST
There are two main hard and fast rules for anyone who would like to become an “atheist.” If you are tempted, beware. It’s not an easy thing to do.
The first rule is to ignore design in nature. You will see it everywhere; from the planets, to the atoms, to the birds and the bees, to the seasons, to the design of the human body, the design of fish, flowers, fruits, feet, and even fungus. And of course, the amazing-looking human eye. Everywhere you look and everywhere you can’t look, you will see design.
Now here’s the hard part. Ignore your God-given common sense. Admit that everything man made is man-made, but be uncompromisingly adamant that everything in nature came from nothing, with no Designer. Once you have set aside your acumen to do this, crown yourself as being intelligent. Very. Then find other atheists and they will confirm to you that you are indeed, intelligent.
The second rule is to “believe.” This is very important, because if you let doubt in, it will let in fear, and that can be a scary thing when the issue at stake is a place called “Hell.”
Believe that you are right in your beliefs. Believe that evolution is indeed true. Believe that it’s scientific. Believe that there are no missing links, and believe that Richard Dawkins knows what he is talking about.
Believe that you are an ape, that you are not morally responsible because apes have no moral absolutes. Believe that your conscience was given to you by your parents and society, and not by God (always use a small “g” for God, if possible).
To grow as an atheist, you will need to learn believers’ language–phrases like “There is no creation,” “Evolution is a proven fact,” and the powerful “Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Learn the fine art of cutting and pasting, and responding with “Straw man!” That means you won’t have to respond to anything challenging.
All this will give perceived intelligence. Never question evolution, and don’t think for yourself.
Do these things, and you will be able to call yourself an atheist, or even a “new” atheist. How cool is that! Well, I should say, as much of one as you can be called one. No one can be a true atheist because you need “absolute knowledge” to say that there is no God. So until you are omniscient (like God), you will just have to do with pretending to be one.
Photograph by Manuel Brambila. Click on the eye for design details.
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