Unholy Benefits of Atheism

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Examining atheism from the vantage point of Christianity motivates a Christian to ask two questions. First, “what would I gain if I convert to atheism?” Second, “is there any value to the benefits stockpiled from atheism?”

Unholy Benefits Atheims

What would I gain if I convert to atheism?

Thankfully, the “Creed” penned by the English poet and music journalist Steve Turner reflects the panoramic voice of an atheist whose godless worldview mandates an embrace of relativism:

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin

We believe everything is OK

as long as you don’t hurt anyone

to the best of your definition of hurt,

and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and after marriage.

We believe in the therapy of sin.

We believe that adultery is fun.

We believe that sodomy’s OK.

We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better

despite evidence to the contrary.

The evidence must be investigated

And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes UFO’s and bent spoons.

Jesus was a good man just like Buddha, Mohammed, and ourselves.

He was a good moral teacher though we think

His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same –

at least the one that we read was.

They all believe in love and goodness.

They only differ on matters of creation,

sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing

Because when you ask the dead what happens

they say nothing.

If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it’s compulsory heaven for all

excepting perhaps

Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Kahn

We believe in Masters and Johnson

What’s selected is average.

What’s average is normal.

What’s normal is good.

We believe in total disarmament.

We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed.

Americans should beat their guns into tractors

and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.

It’s only his behavior that lets him down.

This is the fault of society.

Society is the fault of conditions.

Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that

is right for him.

Reality will adapt accordingly.

The universe will readjust.

History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth

excepting the truth

that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,

And the flowering of individual thought.

Postscript:

If chance be

the Father of all flesh,

disaster is his rainbow in the sky

and when you hear:

State of Emergency!

Sniper Kills Ten!

Troops on Rampage!

Whites go Looting!

It is but the sound of man

worshipping his maker.

The benefit an atheist accrues is predicated on an assumption that atheism sets him free.

If I’m an atheist, I’d be liberated from religious demands. I no longer need to love and worship God.

If I do not love God, I’d not be shackled to a morally pure life required by Christianity. As Friedrich Nietzsche thought, if God does not exist, everything is permitted. I am my own god.

Decisions abhorrent to a well meaning Christian would be desirable to an atheist. An atheist can abort his / her unborn child. Gaining wealth by hook or by crook cannot be condemned by moral relativism. Fraud and bribery are acceptable. If anyone impedes his pursuit, he can bulldoze them, figuratively and literally. Thanks to atheism.

Pleasure in all forms is acceptable to an atheist, for atheism is sufficiently undergirded by the relativistic paradigm. An atheist is free to practice adultery, polygamy, homosexuality, child sex and what not. Thanks to the power of subjective moral values.

This is not it.

An atheist could also live a depressing life, for he would suffer a constant existential struggle.

This metaphysical struggle is between moral relativism and the law of the land, which is fundamentally predicated on objective moral values (you shall not kill, you shall not steal, you cannot rape etc.).

Although moral relativism prescriptively allows an atheist to gain wealth through unholy means, the law of the land legislates various stipulations that stifles and could imprison him for gaining wealth through unholy means. So he should painfully ponder over the wisdom behind the law of the land not being predicated on moral relativism!!

Jeffrey Dahmer, an American serial killer, expressed this struggle, “If a person doesn’t think there is a God to be accountable to, then—then what’s the point of trying to modify your behavior to keep it within acceptable ranges? That’s how I thought anyway. I always believed the theory of evolution as truth, that we all just came from the slime. When we, when we died, you know, that was it, there is nothing…” (Jeffrey Dahmer, in an interview with Stone Phillips, Dateline NBC, Nov. 29, 1994.).

Is there any value to the benefits stockpiled from atheism?

Atheists who wholly experience the unholy pleasures of this material world is destined to become weary of pleasure so to doom themselves into the darkened dungeons of meaninglessness.

Edward Young, in his work “Night Thoughts” ridiculed pleasure, “Sure as night follows day, Death treads in Pleasure’s footsteps round the world, When Pleasure treads the paths which Reason shuns.” And wasn’t it G.K Chesterton who said, “Meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure.”?

The author of Ecclesiastes pronounced the meaninglessness of pleasure, “I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. “Laughter,” I said, “is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?” I tried cheering myself with wine, and embracing folly—my mind still guiding me with wisdom. I wanted to see what was good for people to do under the heavens during the few days of their lives.

I undertook great projects: I built houses for myself and planted vineyards…I amassed silver and gold for myself…I acquired male and female singers, and a harem as well—the delights of a man’s heart. I became greater by far than anyone in Jerusalem before me. In all this my wisdom stayed with me.

I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11, NIV).

So atheism does not set anyone free instead it imprisons its devotees to meaninglessness. Atheism offers perishable benefits, not enduring benefits.

What about those atheists who have lost faith in God because of the problem of evil and suffering? If you’re one of those atheists, please read the book of Habakkuk in the Bible.

The author of Habakkuk complains to God about evil, injustice and God’s apparent inactivity. But after hearing God’s response, he wholeheartedly proclaimed, “Though the cherry trees don’t blossom and the strawberries don’t ripen, Though the apples are worm-eaten and the wheat fields stunted, Though the sheep pens are sheepless and the cattle barns empty, I’m singing joyful praise to God. I’m turning cartwheels of joy to my Savior God. Counting on God’s Rule to prevail, I take heart and gain strength.  I run like a deer. I feel like I’m king of the mountain!” (Habakkuk 3: 17-19, MSG).

To conclude, yes, atheism offers a plethora of unholy benefits. But unholy benefits cannot enrich life.

There’s a God. HE desires that we love HIM. When we love God truly and wholly, we don’t gain pleasure from anything the material world has to offer. We find pleasure in enjoying God’s presence and the peace HE offers us through the good and the bad days of our lives. Because we love HIM, we long to be with HIM forever – even beyond this earthly life.

So let’s echo the words of the author of Ecclesiastes, who after having considered everything the material world has to offer, finds meaning in God alone, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14, NIV).

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10 replies
  1. John B. Moore says:

    You might try asking some actual atheists, if you really want to know about atheism. None of the many atheists I’ve talked to are moral relativists at all. On the other hand, if it makes you feel good to imagine that atheists are moral relativists, I guess no one will stop you.

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    • Craig says:

      John,

      “You might try asking some actual atheists”

      This article asked me; i used to be an “atheist”. What I mean is probly the same you are referring to that is “I know there is a Supreme Creator God out there, but i rejected Him because He has rightful ownership rights to my life and has every right to demand moral accountability from me the moment i take my last breath” Tranlsation: I was really just a heathen and a darn good one at that. I loved my beer, dope, and chasing women (preferably married) and all the shenaningans that go along with said activities. That is, until I heard the Gospel, and that all went away.

      The word “atheism” just flows off the tongue quicker and easier and gives a lot more vague nebulous room to roam around in to accomodate any description and any view except that of the truth.

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      • Andy Ryan says:

        “I know there is a Supreme Creator God out there, but i rejected Him”

        Craig, that’s a theist, not an atheist.
        Atheists don’t believe there’s a Supreme Creator God.

        So if according to you this article is actually talking about theists, not atheists, then the title should be ‘Unholy benefits of theism’.

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  2. Andy Ryan says:

    “Examining atheism from the vantage point of Christianity motivates a Christian to ask two questions. First, “what would I gain if I convert to atheism?””

    You either stop believing in something or you don’t – no-one does a cost benefit analysis of whether it’s worth believing in this or that.

    “We believe that adultery is fun”

    Why should atheists believe this any more or less than a Christian? Certainly there’s no evidence that atheists are more likely to be adulterers. A recent survey by a Christian group found “55% of Christians look at pornography at least once a month and 3% cheated on their spouses in an extramarital affair.” Whether they believed the latter was ‘fun’ the survey doesn’t say.

    “Gaining wealth by hook or by crook cannot be condemned by moral relativism”

    And yet Christians today are loudly applauding Donald Trump, who got wealthy through famously dubious methods.

    Take a good look in the mirror because casting your stones at strawman Christians.

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  3. Ed Vaessen says:

    What a blog this is. One can ask the question if mr. Richard (nice name for a christian by the way) himself came up with his outrageously silly projections or that he learned to believe them.
    Anyway, the moral relativism of atheists is still good enough to condemn mr. Trump and they would condemn him too if he were not a christian. And I think a lot of christians condemn him too.

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  4. Bryan says:

    You don’t need to write stuff like this anymore. Evangelical Christianity converted to Trump ism. You have lost any moral high ground you may have had by following a man who really does think adultery is fun. Go listen to Trump on the Howard Stern Show. That amoral man is your leader! You guys put him in the White House. If there is a God you guys would make him sick.

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    • Ed Vaessen says:

      Perhaps an immoral man in the White House is not that bad according to good Christians, as long as he is not an atheist?

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      • Andy Ryan says:

        And of course there’s little evidence Trump is actually a Christian anyway. Certainly he displays no knowledge of the Bible. When asked for his favourite passage, Trump referred to practically the only Old Testament passage that Jesus repudiated.

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  5. Michael says:

    I ‘converted’ to atheism by the age of twelve, so I didn’t for a minute consider what ‘benefits’ might accrue from my decision – particularly in regards to what ‘sins’ I might now enjoy. And I can’t speak for all atheists, but I don’t think m(any) predicate their atheism on what they might gain from it. If there are those who do, I have serious doubts about the depth of their rationale. But this can be a convenient thing for Christians to think, rather than seriously address the real reasons people leave their faith. This kind of diatribe seems to be a part of living in that bubble created to protect a relatively fragile belief system.

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    • toby says:

      I guess one benefit is that I never have anywhere to be on Sundays and no one to think less of me for not being there or giving less money than them. Oooo, and less personal money wasted on maintaining a building and it’s office staff and a person who’s paid to sit around and think of new and interesting ways to spread fairy tales.

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