Cute Puppies May Make the Best Atheists!

I hate my roommate’s dog. My roommate loves his dog.

I hate way his dog charges the front door when I arrive home. I hate the way he watches my every movement as I eat. I hate the way that he follows me when I am cooking. I hate the sound that the hardwood floor makes as he gently walks around. I hate the way he stares at me as I walk up the stairs. While at work, I have daydreams of doing “things” to that dog.

My roommate adores his dog. He loves the way his dog joyfully greets him every time he comes home. He loves the way his dog easily follows instructions. He loves that his dog will relax with him on the couch and also go jogging with him. My roommate loves to tell people about his dog. Even if they are separated whenever my roommate is out of town, he is constantly worrying about his dog.

I do not necessarily hate the dog. However, I do not like him. However, my roommate does like him. Who is correct in their thinking? Him? Me? We have two opposite and competing solidarities. Who wins? I have a coworker that is from a country where they eat certain dogs in their soup. There are numerous other countries of the like. Are they more hateful than I am since there are killing dogs? Or are they better than me because it is purely acceptable in their country?

I have joking debates with my co-workers at least twice a week about the benefits, or lack thereof, of owning dogs. Usually I am alone against 20 other people. It is safe to say that I have yet to win one of those arguments. At least once a week my roommate will ask if his dog has won me over yet. Haha, he honestly believes that I am going to “cave in”. Maybe I was born during a full-moon and, therefore, have been genetically predisposed into disliking dogs because of werewolves.

Ohhh yes, the werewolf. Such a mythical, fairytale creature. Speaking of fairytales, here is the thing about atheism: There are similar age-old questions that many people have asked since the beginning – Is God good? If God is real, the why is there evil? Is Christianity good for the world? The believer would say that God is good and Christianity is good for the world. On the other hand, the atheist would say the opposite. Who is correct?

Lets presume that the atheist is correct. Lets say that because there is so much evil in the world, that there is no such thing as a god. With that in thought, if there were no god, then religion would also be bad since it is based off of a false notion. The collapse of atheism occurs because there is a problem with stating that there is evil in the world:

  • When you say that there is such a thing as EVIL, you are also assuming that there is such a thing as GOOD.
    • If you say that then you must also assume that there is a moral law/moral standard that differentiates between GOOD and EVIL.
      • Now if we admit there is a moral law, then there MUST be a moral law-giver who supplies this information … hence, God.

Therefore, if there is no God, then there is no moral law-giver. If there is no moral law-giver then there is no moral standard. If there is no moral standard then we have no way or reason to distinguish between good and evil. If we cannot differentiate between good and evil then we cannot even say that there is evil in the world. Atheism, in this argument, collapses on itself. #Fairytales. Yeah, fairytales.

A rebuttal is that humans are able to differentiate between good and evil due to human solidarity. From evolution, we have evolved into having an innate sense of “knowing” good and evil. The problem here is that if macroevolution is indeed real, then morality has to have evolved along with it. Our behavior as a people should be improving. This does not seem so as the 20th century was historically the bloodiest time in the history of the universe. Even today we have a plethora of technological advances and medical breakthroughs, but our selfishness allows for people to die from curable illnesses EVERYWHERE (violence of omission). Our greed has caused breakdowns in ALL aspects of our society. With technology we build more efficient warfare weapons. The 20th century alone drew more blood than the previous 19 centuries combined. Second and third-world country rebellions and causalities have become so cliche that our news media would rather talk about Justin Bieber’s latest excursion.

It can be said that we have evolved into knowing morality because we have learned to help one another in order to survive. This is a half-truth. We have also killed one another, conquered countries, and cheated on exams in order to progress together as human beings. Who can then say that one way is correct and one is not when they both achieve the same goal. Some people prefer to cheat on an exam rather than study for one. Some people do not like dogs staring while they eat. Where do we find objective standards? It will sound arrogant to some, but the source has always been God.

Romans 1:20 is going to claim that evidence of God’s existence can be seen in everywhere. It can be seen in the greatest, extraordinary things of this world. It can also be seen in the smallest particulars of this world. Are we opening our eyes to see the Truth? The same problem that was blinding our grandparents, Adam and Eve, still blinds us to this day. Luckily, Jesus left his throne and came to earth to die and resurrect for forgiveness of our sins. Luckily, for those who believe, the blinders have now been lifted (2 Corin. 3:14-18). We have freedom to see! Praise God, we can see!

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The Good Surprise: Joyful Tears for Soldiers & Heaven

It will occur like a thief in the night. Or a sudden surprise knock of the door that changes our demeanor – whether good or bad. The mystery of surprise twists are captured in the best of movies. The genuine joy that can be gained from an undeserving, loving surprise practically outweighs any other combine of feelings. When surprise meets grace …. uncontrollable emotions ensue.

Once again, I have caught myself looking at YouTube videos of soldiers spontaneously coming home to surprise their loved ones. The look of awe and tearful incredulity by the family members is simply AMAZING (2:59 is my favorite). Question – How is it that I can empathize with the shock of the family members? No one in my family is overseas fighting for war. The closest that my family has experienced this was the first time that I came home for a visit after first leaving for college. That is an unfair comparison to someone that has been overseas for 8 continuous months and who’s life can be taken at any given second. Maybe the reason that I/we can resonate with the emotions presented in these videos is because at the deepest part of or being we KNOW that a greater day is coming when we shall feel the APEX of that emotion.

The Bible describes the day Jesus returns as impossible to be predicted or anticipated; not even by the angels (Mark 13:32). The day is described as a thief in the night and a flash (Matthew 24:26 and 1 Corinthians 15:52). To better paraphrase, the Bible says: “One day some of you will be looking at videos on Vine, some will be shopping at Whole Foods, a few will be washing dishes, playing in a football game, a few will be praying over their cancer-ridden child, some will be in the mission field, some will be joyfully skipping in the rain on their first date, some will be watching Netflix before bedtime, waters will be flowing, trees will be dying. Then suddenly, POOF, Jesus and all of his supremacy and glory will come down and do what He was destined to do for the sake of the Father.”

Now for the beauty:

In that moment, when we are facing this holy and supreme being, we will finally see just how infinitely undeserving we are to be with Him. We wouldn’t help but tremblingly bow down in His presence. As 2 Peter 13:10 describes, everything will be laid bare. In that moment, we will FULLY understand how “All of our righteous deeds are filthy rags”. As our life is reflected on in that instant, we’ll be aware how all our earthly “good” lacks in comparison to this epic God before us. Remember that time we read our Bible for quiet time? It does not match up. Remember the time we worshiped for hours? When we see God’s ultimate glory, we will realize that we should have worshiped infinitely longer.

Nothing we did or can do will protect or save us. It is in that instant where will FULLY see the importance of the cross. The magnitude of the love that was shown will blow us away. How can we speak? What emotions will we be feeling? For those that truly believe Christ is their Savior, we may hesitantly mutter something similar to this, “Oh my oh my, why are you choosing me??? Really?? Just crush me. I am dirty and damaged. I can’t even look at your bright perfection.” God, in his warm nature, will then happily tell us, “Jesus has made you clean. He has absorbed the curse and provided the perfection that your soul needed. No wrath for you. Come, join in the wedding supper of the lamb and see true paradise. Come celebrate with ALL my children.” [Galatians 3:13; 2 Peter 1:11]. After all the tears we will rejoice that the curse has been lifted. Mercy Grace Mercy Grace. Those times that you doubted Jesus was real = Grace. That time you were angry at God because of your mother’s terminal cancer = Grace. The staunch atheist that spent his whole life hating God, but in his last days he “genuinely” accepted the faith = Grace.

Oh the joy. The joy. The joy!! May we see and savor the supremacy of Jesus Christ. The One who loves us. Let us see that He is supreme over the missing Malaysian plane, over all universities, March Madness, all the internet, hurricanes, all of science, over Fox News & MSNBC, our jobs, over our stocks & investments, the Frozen soundtrack, EVERYTHING. Yes, currently this all feels abstract; but the writers of the Bible make it seem as if this is right around the corner. Let us dive into his warmth now. Let us put on his armor as we are warned to be watchful as the time approaches (Ephesians 6:13-18). With the same token … let us still enjoy these tearjerker YouTube videos. Honestly speaking, they are AWWWESOME!!

 

Here lies Jesus, King of the Jews: