This article is written for atheists. It is easy writing articles for Christians because they already believe in God, and I don’t have to fight an uphill battle. We start with a common ground, thus a Christian audience is much easier to approach with religious subjects.
Atheists are much more difficult to reach. There is very little common ground, and they immediately turn their ears off when they find out that I am a Christian. However, there is some common ground. We are all human and are in the same human condition. We all have needs and are basically selfish. We want to be free to make choices, but we don’t like people telling us what the right choices are. What do they know?
Atheists do not believe in God. Atheists have that right. That is their choice. Nobody should take anything away from their freedom to make that decision. However, atheists must accept the consequences as part of that freedom to choose.
What are the consequences? Nobody knows. There have been some near-death experiences when people have been pronounced dead by a physician, but they returned to life and described an out-of-body experience. But even these people could not relate what consequences awaited those who did not believe in God.
There are a few books about those who experienced hell and have returned to life. These stories, if believed, may be more pertinent to what consequences might be in store for those who don’t believe. But first, let’s not even consider the possibilities after death. Let’s just consider the consequences during our lifetimes.
Atheists have a very negative existence. They choose to build their lives around not believing in something. They don’t have much to look forward to in life. They don’t have Christian ethics to build a life and family around. They don’t have any Christian support groups. They are not very likely to avoid selfish acts since there is no Father watching over them, who will punish them on Judgment Day. Consequently, they have the freedom to do anything they want, which typically involves satisfying their needs and desires at the expense of others. Thus, they live an unfulfilled life that they fill with meaningless wealth, property, sexual conquests, and power. Life is hollow and absurd without God.
But the consequences after death are the most ominous. If you are still thinking after death, you may be doing that for eternity. That’s a long time to be stuck with you. Most people who have gone through sensory deprivation have started hallucinating within minutes. Can you imagine what eternity would be like?
If you aren’t still thinking after you die, then none of this discussion mattered. But if you are still thinking upon death and you don’t believe in God, you will have a major, major problem. You will have nothing to hold onto in a world where your imagination could send you into a hellish environment. If you have not asked God for forgiveness of your sins, you will torture yourself for those sins that you committed. You will be harder on yourself than the Devil could ever be. Unfortunately, there may be both waiting for you. I don’t know, but I do believe in a Judgment Day. I have no idea how it will unfold, but it will not go well for you if you do not believe in God.
Since death carries the most potential for consequences, why would you gamble on there being no God? Even if the odds were one-in-a-million that there was no God, you should still bet on God because you have nothing to lose if you are wrong (you simply die and that ends it), but you have eternity to win if you are right. There is nobody in the world who knows with certainty that there is a God or that there is not a God. So, why wouldn’t you believe in something positive? There is no downside. There is plenty of upside. However, believing that there is no God has an unbelievably bad downside with no upside.
If you are going to believe in something, it makes no sense to believe there is no God. You would be better off not believing anything at all. At least an agnostic is telling the truth: he doesn’t know. But if you announce a belief, you at least should analyze the cost/benefit graph. Believing in God has little cost for great benefits, while not believing in God has little cost for no benefits.
There are just too many unknowns in the universe to state that there is no God or creator. As huge as the universe is with its hundreds of billions of galaxies, only 4% of the entire universe can be seen. That means that 96% of our universe is invisible, consisting of dark energy or some other strange energy or matter. We know so little that it staggers our imagination as to what may have created the universe. And then there is the quantum world where you can’t tie down much at all. Things can be in different places at the same time. The uncertainty of it all can drive you mad if you let it.
Many scientists believe in the Big Bang theory and point to that as the source of creation of our universe. But then you have to ask what made the Big Bang and what came before that? There is always a bigger bang. Scientists know that the galaxies are spreading apart at increasing speeds based on a detected red shift. But that could mean that if galaxies remain proportional to each other, they are shrinking rapidly headed toward dark energy where they will collapse in the Big Crunch.
Nobody knows, but it is fun to speculate. But quite frankly, we don’t have to know the answers to the great cosmological questions. And that’s a good thing, because we will never have enough information to know these answers since much is hidden from us. With all this lack of information, the best we can do is to rely on our gut feeling that something must have happened to create a universe that is in motion, whether expanding or collapsing. If the universe were not moving, then we could argue that nothing set it in motion. But since it is moving, it must have had a beginning to start the movement. That’s why I believe in God and creation.