Monday, April 27, 2009

Yahoo Atheist Wonders About God Disappearing

For 13 more hours, you can reply to a Yahoo atheist named "Jefferson S" by logging onto http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090424080059AAcKGvO.

Jefferson's query: "Believers, what would you do if God disappears? I'm atheist but I'm just interested about what you would do if your imaginary god hypothetically poofs out of existence? What would happen to your morals when there is no reason to be righteous anymore? (no eternal punishment)."

As you can imagine, a lot of atheists and Christians alike have submitted responses over the past three days.

Here's what I said in my reply:

My father is an atheist. While I was growing up, he emphatically told me there was no god and, therefore, no rules. "Don't obey anyone," he told me in no uncertain terms. "Don't even obey me."

When I decided for myself that I believed God has appeared and that I wanted to be a follower of Jesus Christ, however, I found out our family did have a religion and a hard and fast rule. The religion was atheism and the rule was you couldn't follow Jesus Christ.

Buddha? Fine. Confucius? Terrific. The great atheists of the past four centuries? All the better. But Jesus Christ? Absolutely not. My paternal grandparents disowned me. My father unleashed his anger on me.

I paid my dues by studying under a German existentialist philosopher. My challenge to her: Convert me back to atheism or I'll be a follower of Jesus Christ all my life. After studying the great atheists over the past four centuries, I came to some amazing conclusions. They could write brilliantly about any subject under the sun except God, the Bible, and Christianity. Even those who wrote great textbooks on logic couldn't piece together a logical essay against God's existence.

For them, God's non-existence was a matter of faith. It's a faith I couldn't accept. I've written two books telling my story and addressing these issues in depth. I've listed both below.

If God Disappears: 9 Faith Wreckers and What to Do about Them by David Sanford (SaltRiver, Tyndale House Publishers, 2008), www.IfGodDisappears.blogspot.com, www.IfGodDisappears.com

God Is Relevant: Finding Strength and Peace in Today's World by Luis Palau and David Sanford (Doubleday, 1997)

2 comments:

PhillyChief said...

Unfortunately, they let anyone breed and be parents. ;)

That's too bad your experiences, starting with your family, were so negative. If that was your only experience with atheism, then I can understand comments like:
"For them, God's non-existence was a matter of faith. It's a faith I couldn't accept."However, you claim to have studied "the great atheists" of the last 4 centuries, and if you indeed had, then you'd know how ridiculous that comment was, on par with challenging your philosophy professor to convert you to atheism.

It seems then that the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree. As aggressively narrow-minded and non-understanding as your family was, so too are you. I suppose all that alleged study is proof of one thing in the Christian bible, "cast not your pearls before swine".

Quantum_Flux said...

David Sanford: I'm just interested about what you would do if your imaginary god hypothetically poofs out of existence? What would happen to your morals when there is no reason to be righteous anymore? (no eternal punishment)."QF: Clearly there are man-made rules that are created by officially appointed human authorities and those are enforced by humans and the consequences are decided by humans. In the USA, at least, we have rules imposed on the elected legislative and judicial authorites that say no cruel and unusual punishments (i.e. no eternal punishments or torments). Besides that, there are natural consequences and risks inherent for all actions i.e. just because you won't burn in hell for eternity for doing it, doesn't quite make it any more or less desireable to stick your arms into a bear trap or have sex with AIDs victims, or to drink and smoke excessively, etc. Each action has a natural and logical consequence that is being risked. People can look at the probabilities of, say, getting addicted to a substance and what the probable short and longterm risks of using that substance are, or performing whatever action is without the non-causal, unproven, and cruel consequence of eternal punishment.