At times it appears that some members of the scientific community, allied with the humanists, wish to destroy religious faith. They demean our cherished religious beliefs and traditions as being concocted from a miasmic fabric of ancient myths and medieval superstitions. They believe this world is all there is, and we should make the most of it.
Are they winning the struggle for our minds? At times it appears to be so. The irreligious have firm control of most of our most prestigious institutes of higher education. For example, an atheist, Gregory Epstein, was recently elected as next president of Harvard University’s organization of chaplains. An atheist as head chaplain? Four centuries ago, Harvard was established to educate the ministry, and its motto was “Truth for Christ and the Church.” It was named after a pastor, John Harvard, and it would be more than 70 years before the school had a president who was not a clergyman. How things have changed.
But are Epstein and his fellow atheists correct? Are we Christians living a lie? What is truth?
Atheists deny God’s role in creation, but they offer nothing as a substitute. Ex nihilo nihil fit. How does nothing come from nothing?
Scholars of Egyptian antiquity often deny the Old Testament narrative of the Exodus. They say there is no evidence that it happened. How then do they explain the Passover tradition that is so indelibly written on the minds and hearts of the descendants of Abraham?
Many atheists also consider the resurrection of Christ a myth, but few events from any period of human history are so well documented by the testimony of witnesses and by its effect on the lives of people of that era.
And how does an atheist explain the Shroud of Turin? I believe that strange and miraculously preserved burial cloth is an enduring record of the scourging, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I doubt not that atheists may live productive and ethical lives, but I compare them unfavorably to the people of faith who have created great works of art for God over the centuries and demonstrated love for their fellow men through countless acts of charity. Such selfless, agape love is not a mark of atheism.
I would find it extremely depressing to believe that this sad world is all that there is.
Search for truth, my friends. As the Bible says, “The truth will set you free.”