R.F.Wilson writes from Rome: Christmas is here and it’s probably a good time to remind some people out there who call themselves atheists that all things considered it’s probably not a good idea to upset the Almighty, especially taking into account that no one has ever been able to prove that He does not exist but everyone accepts that if He does, he possesses awesome powers. So even if, from the atheist point of view, there’s a very small chance that God exists, it would still make sense not to offend Him, considering the punishment He can come up with, even in this life. (I actually noticed that aggressive atheists are usually not very attractive people and come across as neurotic and not very bright – a punishment in itself already.)
And then there’s the boredom of the atheist message that demotes all humans to the role of relations to the animal kingdom, with some outstanding minds even going as far as saying people have roughly the same DNA as mice and chimps. It basically proves that we are one big happy family. These strange individuals miss one simple fact: considering the huge difference between humans and animals, intellectually, spiritually and physically, isn’t it logical to conclude that the DNA doesn’t really mean all that much when it comes to comparing man and beast.
Yes, peddling Charles Darwin and his evolution myth has become more difficult these days, especially as most serious scientists have long ago discarded it as unscientific and are more inclined to talk about ‘intelligent design’ that implies some sort of coherent plan in creating life. People like Dick Dawkins and other aggressive atheists can bang on as much as they want about evolution but once it comes to the hard hitting questions such as where are all the remains of all those ‘links’ that have supposedly existed in the chain of evolution, they can’t give a coherent answer. Just as they can’t explain how it happened that the vast majority of great scientists were deeply religious people which didn’t prevent them from making great discoveries.
As regards people who are actually comfortable with the notion that their ancestors swung on trees, had sex with immediate relatives, relieved themselves all over the place and even ate each other when the going got tough, well, as they say, different strokes for different folks. Savage tribes in the depths of Africa also accept the idea that animals are related to people. They even worship them as gods. But I will never accept that anyone would be prepared to go to a zoo, stand beside a cage with their supposed ‘ancestors’ in it and say out loud: ‘These are my relatives and I’m proud to be their descendant.’ You really have to be very plain to fall for such a primitive scenario of human life evolving.
And what’s so great about the idea that every human being is born only to die and turn into dust? Where is the incentive in it for the people to strive to become better, if all they can expect in the future is a place in the graveyard? That is so uncool that it just makes life not worth living. And that is why, by the way, atheists tend to do all sorts of weird things, as they subscribe to the notion that we only live once.
I’d personally prefer to exist in the knowledge that there is a God up there somewhere, who watches over me, allowing me to screw it up from time to time and learn from my mistakes. I like the notion that I have an eternal soul and can look forward to an endless existence beyond this life. I’m also given the choice to be either good or bad, but warned that my standing in eternity rests on how I cope with it. And that’s what life is all about really: you shape it making your own decisions.
The way I see it, religion is much more exciting than atheism. It’s just that people tend to make fools of themselves and then blame God for all their mistakes. They start wars out of greed or spite and then claim that it was religion that forced them to do it. Yeah, sure, and was it religion, by any chance, that drove all those bloodthirsty dictators of the past like Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Mussolini, Pol Pot? These are all big names in atheism and huge fans of Darwin. Religion was not their thing at all.
So once again I’ll say this: if there is a one in million chance that God exists, it makes sense not to upset the Old Man. Think about it this Christmas.
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