Without the belief in a “god,” there is a vacuum in the meaning of human existence and the purpose of life which most self-proclaimed “Atheists,” such as Karl Marx, rather deny than grapple with. Niethstze, the son of a Lutheran pastor, was never able to reconcile his “disbelief” in God after the death of his father, with the vacuum his disbelief had created in his life.
The reason most, if not all, self-proclaimed “Atheists” say they don’t believe in a “God” may be mostly due to the fact that it is not easy to reconcile an “almighty, merciful, and loving god” with the pain and suffering that they have encountered in life, let alone that of innocent creatures. Or perhaps it is because they see God as an absentee landlord with “nasty rules” such as “Look, but don’t touch,” “Touch, but don’t taste,” “Taste, but don’t swallow.” Or maybe they just dislike the fact that religion has been used to manipulate the masses.
In any case, it is quite understandable to struggle with the reality that there are millions of innocent creatures, such as children, who suffer and die on a daily basis. What kind of a “loving god” can allow these atrocities to take place?
Now, here’s where things get a bit hard to comprehend.
All physical suffering, including human suffering, is limited to our dimension of time and space.
Think of suffering in a scale of 1 through 100. Let’s imagine you’ve lived to be 100 years old and you feel that you have suffered throughout your entire life, that is 100 years of suffering, and then you die. Then what? Was that it? What was the purpose of all your suffering?
But wait a minute, let’s further imagine that your death was only at the physical level and that you are still alive beyond our dimension of time and space. Obviously, 100 years is nothing compared to an eternity, isn’t it?
Could all your suffering be for nothing?
What kind of sadistic god would allow that?
Of course not, all human suffering is an opportunity to grow at the spiritual level and to transcend this dimension, even if we are not aware of it.
Think about it?
To begin with, if there were no human suffering, we would be living in paradise, right here on Earth! So, what would be wrong with that? Nothing, of course.
However, it would simply defeat the whole purpose of our creation to begin with.
You see, without adversity i.e., suffering and pain, there can be no joy or pleasure. In other words, without adversity there can be no growth as human beings!
O.K., fine, you don’t agree. So then, how can you explain the fact that an innocent man was crucified more than two thousand years ago? Further, how can you explain the fact that this man without even a profession, hence referred to as “the son of the carpenter,” tells an illiterate fisherman named Simon “I now call you Peter, and upon this rock I shall found my church” and two thousand plus years later, Peter’s representative is sitting at the Vatican? Or how about Saul of Tarsus, the fiercest enemy of the disciples and first Christians who all of a sudden became one of them and was baptized as Paul? There are plenty more facts like these.
Please keep in mind that I’m not talking about religion here, because religion is a human construct and, as such, it cannot transcend our dimension of time and space. Only spirituality transcends the mundane. It’s just a matter of desire or true free will, but that’s a whole new topic.
O.K., forget about religions, all of them, and think about the very first human who thought about life after death. Where did this human get such a thought? How could a thought that transcends the physical world come into the mind of this mortal being?
You still disagree? Now what?
Your only “option” based on your thinking as an “Atheist” is that you will die and that’s it! You may even try or pretend to feel fine with that idea, even if this idea would mean lowering yourself to the level of the rest of creatures and losing the fundamental purpose for the existence according to the majority of human beings.
But, what if there is an eternity?
You have nothing to lose and an eternity to gain. Even a simpleton would be able to see the better option, the option to believe.
Let me finish by saying that I believe that there are no real Atheists for, in order to be a true Atheist, we would have to be able to deny our own existence.
The ability to reason beyond life and death has separated humans an order of magnitude from every other creature on Earth. Only humans have developed the ability to be conscious of a higher state of being.
Denying the existence of a Creator — regardless of whatever name we give it — or as Hawkins once put it “the embodiment of all physical & mathematical laws,” is analogous to denying our own existence.
Further, Atheists are said to believe only in facts and objective truth. Well, it is a matter of fact and objective truth that we, humans, along with everything else in the universe, do exist and must have come from somewhere because nothing can come from nothing. Or can it?
Finally, it has also been said that “God is love,” and love, as Einstein put it, is the most powerful force in the universe. Now, I dare you to deny that.
JC Wandemberg Ph.D.
President & Founder
About the author: Dr. Wandemberg is an international consultant, professor, and analyst of economic, environmental, social, managerial, marketing, and political issues. For the past 30 years Dr. Wandemberg has collaborated with corporations, communities, and organizations to integrate sustainability through self-transformation processes and Open Systems Design Principles, thus, catalyzing a Culture of Trust, Transparency, and Integrity.