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Discovery Magazine 1/1/2010

Atheism has Terrible Consequences

When the Founding Fathers of the United States of America decided to break away from Britain, they wrote a famous document called the Declaration of Independence. In that document, they said: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words are very famous. They show us that the men who founded our country understood that human rights come from the Creator. If God made each person in His image, then all people are equal and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

But what if a person believes the false idea of atheism? According to atheism, people were not created in God’s image. In fact, according to atheism, humans are just another kind of animal that arose by accident over millions of years. Since atheists cannot say that God created humans with certain rights, the idea of atheism has led to some very bad things. For instance, some people in the past believed that certain groups of humans were not as highly evolved as other groups. Some atheists and evolutionists believed that the Aborigines in Australia were not “totally” human. They believed the Aborigines could be treated like animals and killed. This never would have happened if these people had understood the truth that all humans—Aborigines, Caucasians, Asians, Africans, and all others—are created by God and deserve equal treatment.

The idea of atheism also leads to an incorrect view about unborn babies. According to many atheists, unborn babies are not really people, and they should not be guaranteed the right to life. In fact, one atheist named Sam Harris said that he views unborn babies like he views rabbits. Because of his atheistic views, he believes and teaches that it is fine to kill unborn babies, just like people kill some types of animals. Another atheist named Peter Singer believes that if a child is born with certain physical or mental handicaps, it would be alright to kill that child, even after the baby is born. These men believe it is right to kill babies because they do not believe that all humans are created in God’s image. Yet knowing that God did create humans, we can see that men like Sam Harris and Peter Singer are wrong. All humans, even unborn babies and those with handicaps, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Also, since atheists believe that people are just complex animals, many atheists believe we can watch animals and learn how to behave. They believe that since we see animals killing their babies, fighting each other, or stealing food from other animals, then it would be right for humans to do the same things. But this idea is wrong. Humans are not merely complex animals. People are
special creations designed by God. Humans cannot say that stealing is right just because some animals steal food from other animals. Humans are different from animals. We do not learn what is right or wrong from watching animals. We learn what is right and wrong from listening to our Creator’s teaching found in the Bible.

In the year 1880, a man named George Walser started a town that he named Liberal, Missouri. This town was going to be different from other towns. Liberal was different because it was founded on the idea of atheism.Walser did not want anyone who believed in God or the Bible or heaven or hell to be a part of his town. He wanted to show the world that a group of atheists could live together in peace and could be productive citizens. Walser’s town failed miserably. A believer in God named Clark Braden visited Liberal and wrote about all the disgusting things that were happening there. He reported that many of the people got drunk often. He mentioned that many of the men, women, and children of Liberal used bad language and curse words, and the children did not obey their parents. Braden wrote about other terrible things that were going on in Liberal. Soon after Braden’s report, people began to learn the truth about Liberal, Missouri. The town was a complete failure. No society based on atheism can be productive or good.

In Psalm 14:1, the Bible says: “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” God has always known that if people reject Him, they become corrupt and live sinful lives. Only a belief in God can help people understand what actions are truly right and truly wrong.



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