Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Fighting the argument for atheism on its own terms.

Lately I've been besieged by atheists in public discussion forums. All of whom believe me and my ilk to be the stupidest form of human life on the planet. We Christians just "don't get it." Despite their every argument, the fact of faith always remains. To prove this fact, here is an argument for Christianity versus the decree of atheism... And for this argument I'm going to take the fight on their own turf.

Let's assume for the sake of this argument that there is no God the Father... Granted a BIG assumption, but stay with me on this. Despite that, the fact is Jesus of Nazareth did exist. He was a real person. For the sake of this argument, we'll leave him as man (and also I'm starting with Christianity, but the same applies for Judaism and Islam, but I'll get to that in a moment). Jesus taught wonderful life lessons and taught us the power of belief. He asked his pupils to go and make disciples of the whole world. Disciples, people who follow his teachings and beliefs. Despite persecution, those beliefs and teachings have persevered. And the reason they survive is that the spirit of Christian faith is passed from father to son, mother to daughter, generation to generation. This spirit lives within us and is shared by 1/3 of the world's population. Now in Judaism you have Moses, David, and all the prophets, who also expressed belief, wrote laws and psalms that are followed to this day... and also the basis of much of our western legal systems. Again, real people that did exist. The spirit of their words of faith lives on generation to generation. And in Islam, which also reveres the prophet Jesus and their main prophet Mohammed, the same model holds true.

The main point is the spirit of faith lives. It is bigger than the individual and it is passed on, continuing to grow. All told, more than half the world resides under that similar belief... Add the other faiths throughout the world and even greater numbers follow a belief of some sort that is passed on. There are certainly flaws and problems with each faith, but I won't dwell on that in this argument. The point is there is a living faith that passes on and will continue for generations to come.

Atheism has nothing to believe in and therefore has nothing to pass on. It does not live... Each atheist dies with his or her own non-belief. You cannot pass "nothing" to your children. With atheism, you get, well, nothing! There is no good or bad... Those are spiritual concepts. There are no goals in life. You are simply here and then you're not. There is no human nature, we're just a higher order of animals on the planet. It's all so very pointless.

Always my argument remains, if I have to choose between believing in something and believing in nothing, I will side with the Holy Trinity every time.

St. Monica, pray for us!