An atheist said, "If there is a God, may he prove himself by striking me dead
right now." Nothing happened. "You see, there is not God." Another
responded, "You've only proved that He is a gracious God."
As Vice President, George Bush represented the U.S. at the funeral of former Soviet
leader Leonid Brezhnev. Bush was deeply moved by a silent protest carried out by
Brezhnev's widow. She stood motionless by the coffin until seconds before it was closed.
Then, just as the soldiers touched the lid, Brezhnev's wife performed an act of great
courage and hope, a gesture that must surely rank as one of the most profound acts of
civil disobedience ever committed: She reached down and made the sign of the cross on her
husband's chest. There in the citadel of secular, atheistic power, the wife of the man who
had run it all hoped that her husband was wrong. She hoped that there was another life,
and that that life was best represented by Jesus who died on the cross, and that the same
Jesus might yet have mercy on her husband.
Gary Thomas, Christianity Today, October 3, 1994, p. 26.
George Bernard Shaw is perhaps most renowned as a free thinker and liberal philosopher.
In his last writings we read, "The science to which I pinned my faith is bankrupt.
Its counsels, which should have established the millennium, led, instead, directly to the
suicide of Europe. I believed them once. In their name I helped to destroy the faith of
millions of worshippers in the temples of a thousand creeds. And now they look at me and
witness the great tragedy of an atheist who has lost his faith." Nobody talks so
constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.
Some years ago, when the news broke out that Joseph Stalin's daughter had defected from
Communism and Russia, many people were startled. Her statement given to reporters who met
her plane in New York, told why she defected: "I found it impossible to exist without
God in one's heart. I came to that conclusion myself, without anybody's help or preaching.
That was a great change because since that moment the main dogmas of Communism lost their
significance for me. I have come here to seek the self-expression that has been denied me
for so long in Russia."
That woman's struggle was a terrible one. To leave Russia, she had to leave two
children in Moscow and realize that it would be, as she said, "Impossible to go
Pascal said there is within every person a "God-shaped vacuum." He's right.
Historians Will and Ariel Durant observed in their summery volume, The Lessons of
that There never has been a significant example of morality apart from belief in
Morning Glory, February 5, 1994.
Near the end of his life, Jean-Paul Sartre told Pierre Victor: "I do not feel that
I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected,
prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea
of a creating hand refers to God. Protested fellow philosopher and long-time companion
Simone de Beauvoir: "How should one explain the senile act of a turncoat?"
HIS Magazine, April, 1983.
Have you not heard of the madman who lit a lamp in the bright morning and went to the
marketplace crying ceaselessly, "I seek God! I seek God!" There were many among
those standing there who didn't believe in God so he made them laugh. "Is God
lost?" one of them said. "Has he gone astray like a child?" said another.
"Or is he hiding? Has he gone on board ship and emigrated?" So they laughed and
shouted to one another. The man sprang into their midst and looked daggers at them.
"Where is God?" he cried. "I will tell you. We have killed him--you and I
We are all his killers! But how have we done this? How could we swallow up the sea? Who
gave us the sponge to wipe away the horizon? What will we do as the earth is set loose
from its sun?" Friedrich Nietzsche, 1889
Nietzsche's point was not that God does not exist, but that God has become irrelevant.
Men and women may assert that God exists or that He does not, but it makes little
difference either way. God is dead not because He doesn't exist, but because we live,
play, procreate, govern, and die as though He doesn't.
C. Colson, Kingdoms in Conflict, p.
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According to the teaching of our Lord, what is wrong with the world is precisely that
it does not believe in God. Yet it is clear that the unbelief which he so bitterly
deplored was not an intellectual persuasion of God's non-existence. Those whom he rebuked
for their lack of faith were not men who denied God with the top of their minds, but men
who, while apparently incapable of doubting him with the top of their minds, lived as
though he did not exist.
John Baillie, in Our Knowledge of God.
Of course, like the wary schoolboy who scoffs at ghosts yet whistles while passing a
graveyard, some atheists would seem to protest too much. The publications of an
organization called Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. include The Born-Again
Skeptic's Guide to the Bible; The Pillars of Religion: Ignorance, Inadequacy,
Indoctrination; Why I Am an Atheist; and its bestseller Atheism, The Case
Against God, promoted as an excellent manual for beginners.
From Thinking and
Acting Like a Christian, D. Bruce Lockerbie, p. 27.
In the book Gaily The Troubadour, published in 1936, Arthur Guiterman wrote the
following poem. Reading his observations, you wouldn't guess it was written 60+ years ago.
First dentistry was painless;
Then bicycles were chainless
And carriages were horseless
And many laws, enforceless.
Next, cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless
And coffee, caffeinless.
Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy hatless,
The proper diet, fatless,
Now motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religions, godless.
Arthur Guiterman, Gaily The Troubadour.