When we have encounters with atheists, one immediately notices the sheer anger that they display, and the overwhelming hostility that they have toward people who believe differently than they do. This may be a testimony to the fact that they are unhappy within the confines of their worldview. It is a testimony to the fact that one cannot live happily and consistently within the confines of an atheistic worldview.
1- They are forced to ignore what they see plainly.
The most common argument for the existence of God, from laymen and scholar alike, is the surrounding world (formulated as a logical argument, this is known as the Liebniz Cosmological Argument). Everybody can see plainly from the existence of the natural world, that there must be a Creator. All of creation could not exist without a Creator. As the cause of the universe, this Creator must be timeless, spaceless, immaterial, and supernatural (since it created time, space, material, and nature).
Everybody recognizes this. That is why Paul said in Romans 1:20, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Atheists recognize that God exists, and they desperately hide behind anything that helps to avoid this truth, such as little questions like, “who caused the Uncaused First Cause?” But these questions fall apart upon critical examination, and that is why atheism is unlivable. It prevents people from thinking critically or questioning their atheistic presuppositions. They must ignore all of creation, which cries out, invariably, for a Creator.
2 – They are forced to deny human value.
The atheist philosopher, Doctor Michael Ruse, said, “I appreciate that when somebody says, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ they think they are referring above and beyond themselves. Nevertheless, such references are truly without foundation. Ethics are an aid to survival and reproduction. But any deeper meaning is illusory.” This is the position of most atheists, namely, moral relativity. Human value, on this view, is sort of like the extrinsic value of cash. If somebody decides that cash is worthless, then that cash becomes worthless.
Similarly, if a stranger were hanging off a cliff, and so was your loved one, you would obviously saved your loved one first. But why? Your loved one does not have more value, intrinsically, than the stranger. It is just how you see them. But on atheism, that is all human value is. Human beings are like cash. But who can live in such a worldview? Nobody views human beings like that. Nobody views human beings as though they were merely means to an end, rather than ends in themselves. The great atheist philosopher of old, Bertrand Russell, recognized this problem, saying, “Only upon the firm foundation of unyielding despair can the souls’ habitation be henceforth safely built.” As Russell acknowledged, atheism is overwhelmingly unlivable.
3 – They are afraid of God’s Wrath
God endowed atheists with a conscience. They know the difference between right and wrong, and know that they have violated God’s law. As Paul said in Romans 2:15, “They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right.” Atheists do not have an excuse, because they knew the difference between right and wrong, and know that they have committed evil.
Now that is not to say that they are condemned for rejecting Christ or any particular religious claim. Instead, they are condemned because they have failed the meet God’s moral standard (which is absolutely perfection, never doing anything wrong, ever). Christ is the only solution to this. Atheists recognize that they fall short, and in moments of clarity, perhaps as they lay in bed, they know that a righteous judge must give justice to wicked men. Thus, atheism is utterly unlivable.
4 – They are so hostile and bigoted.
If you encounter the typical atheist on the internet, you will find that this is true. They are hostile, bigoted, and just in general, people that you do not want to talk to. When I first learned the arguments for the existence of God a few years ago, I went to the internet to find atheists so I could hear their insight. But for every grain of insight, there was a whole beach of insults and just a general attempt to attack me as a person. Due to my time with them, I have extraordinarily thick skin, and am usually not sensitive about people disagreeing with or even insulting me. They are just the most hostile and unpleasant people I have ever encountered.
But of course, one wonders how somebody can actually live like that. How can somebody really live, constantly, as though they were better than other people for their beliefs? How can one constantly live lashing out at people? It seems to me that this model of life is radically inconsistent with truly living happily. Therefore, atheism is unlivable.
5 – They often have no intellectual depth.
Atheists constantly want to assert how intellectual they are, how guided by evidence and reason that they are. But then when one investigates the great majority of the things that they say, they turn out to have the appearance of truth, but are actually false. They turn out to be just things that sound good, or things that they like believing, but are not true. For instance, atheists claim to read the Bible and have a sound understanding of Christian theology. But when they cite the verses, they turn out to be just as poorly proof-texted as the Oneness Pentecostal proof-texts. I made this point in my article, 5 Bible Verses Atheists Misinterpret.
But then, how can one live in such intellectual shallowness? There is just absolutely no latitude to the claims that they make, and when critically examined, they just fall apart. Do not atheists want to investigate these issues? Do they have no curiosity about whether the slogans they are reciting are actually true? Of course not, they just sound like cool slogans. I made this point in my article, 5 Contradicting Slogans Atheists Use. So atheism turns out lacking and without any sort of depthful insight. But living with their ears plugged, never investigating or looking deeper, must be so difficult. For that reason, atheism is utterly unlivable.
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