Loveliest of lovely things are they On earth, that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour Is prized beyond the sculptured flower.
- William Cullen Bryant, American Poet and Newspaper Editor (1794-1878)
I’m really not sure what to think about the questions that transcend our existence on this Earth, namely, is there anything that actually does transcend our existence on this Earth or do we just die and end up food for the worms and maggots?
You think of all the monumental, life-changing, earth-shaking questions we have to deal with in this life, and all of it pales in comparison to the question of whether or not there is an afterlife. Unfortunately, short of some documented resurrection miracle, there is no possible way we’ll ever get a definitive answer on whether the afterlife does or doesn’t exist. And with apologies to all my religious friends, your beliefs in the afterlife are built entirely on faith.
The part that gets me is the fact that most atheists have no idea that their beliefs require just as much faith as the faith of the believers. An atheist will tell you that they would never believe in anything that can’t be analyzed, quantified and computed, with a smug certanty that there could be nothing in this universe that lies beyond the reach of their scientific instruments. To me, atheists really do seem like an arrogant lot for the most part.
I can understand agnosticism, because if you leave your heart out of the debate, you can find no more evidence to prove that a Creator does exist than you can find evidence that a Creator doesn’t exist, so if you’re determined not to take a leap of faith, agnosticism is the only logical way to go.
Most atheists seem oblivious to the fact that they’re making just as much of a leap of faith in their belief in the absence of a Creator as the believers themselves.
Dressing themselves up in a robe of scientific method, hailing their fellow atheists who have made some of the greatest achievements of the scientific world and telling themselves that they live in a world of cool, calculated, rational thinking, a world of weights and measures and tangible things that can be proven, the atheist will say, “Show me the proof that your God exists!”
As if the most obvious answer in the world wouldn’t be to ask the atheist to prove that your God doesn’t exist.
To me, it comes down to a simple question of, “Have you ever seen anything in this world that was created without a creator?”
Everything springs from something. Are you going to try to tell me the whole universe just poofed out of nowhere? Whether the universe is eternal or started with the flip of a switch, it seems obvious to me that it had to be created by an Eternal Creator.
Which leads me to a quote by Ronald Reagan . . .
Sometimes when I’m faced with an unbeliever, an atheist, I am tempted to invite him to the greatest gourmet dinner that one could ever serve, and when we finished eating that magnificent dinner, to ask him if he believes there’s a cook.