Billy Graham Speaks on Atheism.
You gotta love Billy Graham. Someone asked him recently, “What’s up with all the atheists these days?”
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Do you think there are more atheists today than there used to be? I don’t remember hearing much about them 20 or 30 years ago, but now it seems like you hear about them all the time. — J.V.
DEAR J.V.: You’re right; atheism (the belief that there is no God) has become more visible in recent years, largely through the writings of a few prominent atheists. In their view, atheism is the wave of the future, and in time religion will simply fade away.
NO. Atheism is the disbelief in God. Atheists do not necessarily assert that there is no God. They simply state that there isn’t enough evidence to believe in one. Not believing in something isn’t the same as asserting it’s opposite.
Are they right? No, they aren’t (although I don’t doubt their sincerity). For one thing, atheism has no satisfying answer to the basic questions of life — questions like “Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? How do I know what’s right and wrong? What happens when I die?” Atheism says we are here by chance, and life has no meaning or destiny. Taken to its conclusion, atheism ends in despair.
But our hearts cry out for something more — something better and more lasting. Down inside we sense that we aren’t here by chance, nor were we made for this world alone. The reason we feel this way, the Bible says, is because God has put this conviction within us. The human being is not just another animal; we were created to know God and live for him. The Bible says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
Is that really a good enough reason to believe in God? Because he answers all the life questions you have? But what if the answers are wrong? Don’t you want to be sure your beliefs are true? Or is being placated enough?
Atheism does NOT say that we are here by chance. No one says that, not even scientists. Atheism simply says there’s not enough evidence to believe in a God. Not having the answers you prefer isn’t a good reason to adopt your pet belief.
Atheism does NOT say that life has no meaning. It’s just a position on the truth claim of there being a God. Many atheists lead happy, fulfilling lives. You don’t need religion to lead a happy, fulfilling life.
The fact that almost all Christians still believe these falsehoods about atheists just goes to show how little they ever talk to us. And I’m supposed to shut up and not speak my views, when the biggest names in theism don’t understand them?? How is this nonsense ever going to get corrected if we don’t speak up?
Many atheists, I find, reject God for one reason: They want to run their own lives. Don’t be swayed by their arguments, but commit your life to Jesus Christ, who demonstrated not only that God exists, but that he loves us and gives us hope for the future.
NO. Atheists reject God because there isn’t enough evidence to believe in one. Stop trying to tell us who we are. Find out for yourself by actually talking to us.