Friday, 19 October 2018
I don't know whether you have them where you live; but we have them here in Britain.
These are people who have been successful in life, actors, singers, sportsmen, comedians, even scientists; and they don't believe in God. Fine. I have no problem with that. They have a perfect right to believe, or not believe, what they want. That's their prerogative. I believe in God. They don't. And that's fine by me; as it should be fine by them.
Yet, these celebrities seem to have made it their mission in life to tell the world that God does not exist. And to convince everyone else that they too should not believe in God.
You see them often on TV, or on the radio, or social media expounding their thoughts and their views. It could be a chat show on TV or radio and suddenly there's a mention of Christianity, or religion, and they would say, "... of course ... I don't believe in all that ..." implying that if you do believe then there's something wrong with you.
Often, these celebrities are well educated and fluent at putting their argument forcibly and convincingly. I would guess they most probably do influence certain people who feel that it is logical, learned even, to emulate them and not to believe in a "bearded man sitting up there on the clouds!" (Actual words used on TV).
As a Christian, and having known a number of Christians, I find that they sometimes have doubts about their beliefs. Some have crises of Faith even. I must confess that many a time I have questioned what I actually believe.
Doubt is good. It makes us question what we have been taught and often we may find an answer, or a clarification, of something we did not understand. Doubt can indeed strengthen our Faith.
But there is one thing that has always intrigued me about atheists in general. They are always certain in what they believe. They have decided that there is no God and that is that. There is no room for doubt or manoeuvre in their intellect and in their conclusion. In effect, one would admire their Faith in what they believe.There certainly is no doubt amongst atheists that God does not exist.
I would never try to convince an atheist that God exists. He has made his mind up and the discussion would just turn into a pointless debate. I would, however, tell someone willing to listen about the love that God has for him. Someone who is willing to consider the possibility of God's existence. Someone willing to accept that perhaps his non-believing views might possibly be wrong. Someone with the courage to dare to believe without any evidence or proof. Someone willing to take the first step in blind Faith and leaving the rest to God.
But despite all that, I like atheists.
And it has nothing to do because Jesus said so. "Love your neighbour and all that!"
No, I like atheists for my own selfish reasons.
You see ... the more atheists there are the more room there will be for me and you in Heaven.
The way I see it is like this. If atheists don't believe in God, therefore it follows that they don't believe in Heaven either. This being the case, then they would not want to be somewhere which they believe doesn't exist.
So it follows, fewer people, means more room for me and you in Heaven.
Just think about it. Not having to join long queues to learn how to play the harp. Or to go to Prayer Meetings. Or to go to where they fit you with wings and teach you to fly like an angel.
With all the atheists somewhere else discussing how wrong they were, there will be a quick service for us in Heaven as well as more room at the beach, the park, or wherever we choose to relax.
Oh bliss ... I think it will be Heavenly in Heaven.