I would like to share with you my takeaways from the book, The Real face of Atheism, by Ravi Zacharias.
Stephen Hawking concluded his book A Brief History of Time asserting this question to be the most significant factor in the human equation. Hawking… brilliantly laid out his view of the universe and ended with a humble assertion: the one question in need of an answer is the question of God. Science, with all of its strident gains, must still remain contented to describe the “what” of human observations. Only God can answer the “why.”Excerpt from: “The Real Face of Atheism” by Ravi Zacharias. Scribd. This material may be protected by copyright.
I was surprised that this atheist would admit to that. Sadly, they continue to ignore God’s answer, which is already in the Scripture.
Activity does not create meaning; it is the other way around. If life in its existential expression has no meaning, then a change of attitude does not change the reality of meaninglessness.Excerpt from: “The Real Face of Atheism” by Ravi Zacharias. Scribd. This material may be protected by copyright.
When atheism “murdered” God in the hearts and minds of the people, they are left with the huge question of meaning. To compensate for this loss, the crate their own activities and try to define self-made purpose, which cannot really fill the void. Meaning precedes existence. It is birthed in the heart of the Creator.
The Christian contention is that God has spoken, and until he has his rightful place in our lives, neither the squandered, immoral life of a harlot, nor the rigorous, self-motivated, ritualistic life of a recluse will have purpose and meaning. The words of Saint Augustine of Hippo (354–430) are most appropriate: “You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee.” Or, as French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal was known to have put it, “There is a god-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man, and only God can fill it.”
Atheism walks with its head down, earthbound, which is why it grasps nothing of eternal value. It must admit its predicament: without God, there is no meaning to life.Excerpt from: “The Real Face of Atheism” by Ravi Zacharias. Scribd. This material may be protected by copyright.
The author of Ecclesiastes captured this profound truth. He began his book by crying out, “Vanity of vanities… all is vanity!” and concluded the same wi these words: “Remember your Creator while you are young… Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man….” indeed, without God, everything ‘under the sun’ is nothing but futile existence.
Lastly, a sobering conclusion to a life without God:
The questions about death demand answers, but atheism has none because there is no heaven to be gained and no hell to be shunned. Life finishes with the last heartbeat: all relationships are severed, all endeavors are ended, the arm of justice is cut short, eternity in the heart has been swallowed up by the finality of experience. There is nothing to fear or to hope for, no God to meet, and no hope to anticipate—all is truly and ultimately ended.Excerpt from: “The Real Face of Atheism” by Ravi Zacharias. Scribd. This material may be protected by copyright.
Have you struggled with the question of God’s existence? How did you find the answer? Does it make any difference? let me know your thoughts on these. God bless!