Part II – The Foundation of Atheist Science
In part I we examined Lucretius’ solution to the problem of death. His response resembled the typical answer given by atheists, that is, if you don’t understand or don’t like any part of reality, just shout it out, loud and long, “I don’t believe in that part of reality.” Your shouts will make that part of reality go away—at least, that seems to be what atheists believe.
Why do atheists work so hard to distort reality? Because if you believe in God, you have to follow all sorts of rules. Gods almost always produce a set of moral rules and values. With these come such dreaded concepts as sin and guilt and eternal accountability. Belief in God really gets in the way of a libertine’s lifestyle.
However, there is a way to get around the problem of God. Does belief in God keep you from living the sin-filled life you crave? Look up into the heavens and say, “I don’t believe God exists.” If fear of death causes you angst, boldly shout, “Life ends at the moment of death. There is no afterlife. Death is the end.” But remember, protests against reality have no effect on reality. Nor does disbelief.
Not an atom or a primal germ
Many of the beliefs of atheism are not supported by facts or evidence. Atheists deny the existence of God, an afterlife, and a soul. They have no authority to make such announcements. If they don’t know the truth, how can they discern what’s true? They claim they are guided by science but science cannot address metaphysics.
Today’s blog is quite different from my usual blogs; it features the Christian art of hymn writing, featuring the contemporary hymn “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.”
“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” was written by Stuart Townend and copywritten by Thankyou Music in 1995. This song became one of my favorites the first time I heard it. I’m not sure why. This song remains one of my favorite songs.
Perhaps it’s the mood set by the song. The first time I heard this song, I was convinced it was an old song. The melody is somber and reflective without becoming mournful. Its tone is that of a hymn. The song does not suggest contemporary worship.
Perhaps it’s the haunting lyrics. These lyrics harken back to crucifixion songs such as those written by Charles Wesley or Isaac Watts. The stanzas of contemporary songs rarely achieve the depth and expressiveness of these lyrics. This writer (Townend) undoubtedly was inspired!
But this song is not from another time. Mr. Townend continues to compose songs today. He was born in 1963, hailing from West Yorkshire, England. Stuart committed his life to Christ at age 13 and began songwriting at 22. He serves Christ today as a worship leader and songwriter. His most well-known song is “In Christ Alone” which he co-wrote with Irish songwriter Keith Getty.
Growing in Christ – Part IV
Now we come to the second horizontal arm of the Disciple’s Cross. Part I of this essay dealt with the center of the cross which is Jesus Christ. A close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ always is the center of a growing Christian’s life. Parts I and II also testified to the importance of prayer and Bible study. Part III examined fellowship with other Christians.
This fourth and final part analyzes evangelism. This activity is different from the others. Parts I through III identified essential activities required for Christian growth. These activities include Abiding in Christ (in the center of the cross), Prayer, Bible Study, and Fellowship with other Christians. Acts 2: 42 refers to these activities
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (NAS)
Acts 2:42 does not mention evangelism. But evangelism is so important that it is part of the Disciple’s Cross. Why is evangelism so important? Why do we evangelize?
Part I – The Fear of Death
Death awaits us all.
Need we fear death?
On my office bookshelf, I have a 54-volume set of the Great Books of the Western World. Most of these books now are available on the internet. But in the days before the internet this set of books was a valuable resource to have on hand.
It’s easy to see why some of the authors were included. Books by Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, and Milton certainly belong in the set. But I often wondered about the inclusion of other authors. For example, why have a book by this Lucretius fellow? Who in the world was he? What is the importance of his little book On the Nature of Things?
These questions displayed my ignorance at the time. This obscure, almost forgotten author from the late Roman Republic wrote a book that is transforming our world. His book On the Nature of Things was the inspiration for much of the Renaissance and Enlightenment as well as the liberal establishment today. But first his book was lost for more than a thousand years.