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Atheism: 5 reasons I'm not an atheist
Atheists are “consistent people,” says Pastor Alexander Garth. Nevertheless, for him atheism is no alternative to belief in God. Why that is only apparently a contradiction.
Is that possible? Just imagine: an atheist, a philosopher and a theologian are locked together in a dark room. You should find a black cat. The atheist doesn't even look. For him, one thing is certain: there is no black cat in this room. The philosopher gropes uncertainly in the dark, looking for the cat that might well be there. The theologian yells: “I have it!” But it is only an assertion. - The question is whether the black cat is actually in the room. Does the cat exist and can you really find it?
Actually, atheists are consistent people. They conclude from how they experience reality that there can be no God. After all, you can't see God, you can't even imagine Him. If you really need a god, he doesn't help. You don't feel it. You can't prove it. All philosophical proofs of God are considered refuted. The reasonable consequence is: it doesn't exist. Basta! That's why I find atheists sympathetic. Only what can be seen, measured, proven is real. “And what a realist is, he knows that what is, is,” says the poet. Conversely, that means that the realist also knows what is not. Namely God!
And how did the idea of God come about? Man has simply projected all his longings, hopes and questions onto a fiction that he admires and from which he hopes for help and a finding of meaning. Christianity agrees with the atheist - at least when it comes to analyzing the problem, not as a consequence. God cannot be imagined because he is infinitely superior to us. A god that would fit in our head would not be a god, just a human idea of God. How can the ocean fit in a cup? The Bible describes how people experience that no God hears and helps. The reason is not that God does not exist, but that there is an insurmountable wall of alienation between God and man. The prophet Isaiah describes it as follows: “You think that the Lord is too weak to help you and that he is deaf so that he does not even hear your calls for help. Oh no! Your guilt stands like a wall between you and your God. "
Actually, atheism arose from the consistent reflection of this reality. Christianity does not stop at this reality. It invites people to follow a path that helps them to find God out of their alienation from themselves and from their Creator. The center of the Christian faith is that a person can find through Jesus to experience the love of God. If you were to ask people on the street in a major German city today what is most important about the Christian faith, one answer would surely be the front runner: “Charity.” Charity is certainly very important. But at its core it is about people finding a relationship of trust with their Creator.
Five consequences of atheism
I always go to the gym in winter. While lifting weights, you can have interesting conversations. Some Berlin pop music station is playing over the speakers in the ceiling. A short message about something ecclesiastical is reported. An elderly gentleman in the gym, who obviously didn't know that I was a pastor, was angry about the stupidity of people who engage in religion. I asked him, “Are you an atheist?” He answered yes to this question, not without a certain pride. "How did this happen to you? That's awful, "I replied, happily worried. “Do you actually know what you're saying when you call yourself an atheist?” I wanted to know. He looked puzzled. Then I tried to show him the consequences of atheism.
- If there is no God, then man does not know who he really is, that he is loved and created. He thinks it's a coincidence.
- Man would have no final great goal. His life would be a journey without arrival. We were like children who don't know the way home. We would concentrate all our hopes and expectations on this life alone. We'd have to get everything out of him. We would try to take what is available to us and subordinate our morals to the enjoyment of life. The result would be an insatiable lust for life with dire consequences.
- There would be no reliable, absolute standard of good and bad. Man could be manipulated at will.
- There would be no final account that man would have to give to a righteous God for the fruits of his life. The exploiters and rulers of this world would end up being right and triumphant. People like Martin Luther King or Dietrich Bonhoeffer who died for the good would be the big fools and losers.
- There would be no God who would hear the cries of our hearts. In a cold and senseless universe, humans would be completely on their own. “I find it all so terrible,” I continued, “that I set out to find the truth: whether there is a God, whether he is interested in me and whether I can find him.” The disciple of Unbelief just looked at me puzzled and said: “Are you a professional believer?” I would have loved it if we had started a serious conversation.
"An atheist is one who forms a picture and denies it."
(Austrian musician and author)
The misery of the atheist
A few months ago: In front of me sat a desperate, broken man. His wife had recently died. From today to tomorrow. A radiant Christian. Two school-age children had lost their mother and a man had lost his beloved wife. We cried together and didn't understand God. Why does he allow such a thing? What shoud that? Is God Trustworthy? And then we played through the question: How could things go on if someone so disappointed in God loses his faith and now walks the path without, without God, without the fellowship of the Church? What could life be like without faith? What if God didn't exist? Can one even remain a believer after such a stroke of fate? What is the alternative to Jesus? We created scenarios of a future life without faith.
The conclusion of our atheistic fantasy journey was just depressing. I heard the young widower's words: “There is no alternative. No matter what happened, without Jesus everything is much worse. Without belief, there is absolutely no meaning and no goal for me. ”The entertainer, journalist and TV presenter Robert Lembke (1913 - 1989) remarked aptly:“ Atheist? A person who has to get by without invisible support. "
Alexander Garth is a Protestant theologian, founder of the Junge Kirche Berlin and pastor at the Stadtkirche in Wittenberg since 2017.
The text above is an abridged section from his book:Why I'm not an atheist: Belief for skeptics
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