I am sure most of you reading this know that a few days ago Christopher Hitchens died. For you atheists, he was one of your champions. He is known largely for his book, “God is Not Great.”. Someday on this blog we should perhaps have a debate about that book. In any case, that is not my purpose today. My purpose today is to focus on one of his quotes. Specifically, when he was diagnosed with cancer, he said the following:
"I'm here as a product of process of evolution, which doesn't make very many exceptions. And which rates life relatively cheaply. I mean, most human beings who've ever been born would have been dead long before they reached my age. And I would think in most of the rest of the world — well, I know it — is still true. So to be relatively healthy at 62 is to be dealt a pretty good hand by the cosmos, which doesn't know I'm here — and won't notice when I'm gone."
For us Christians, this is an extremely sad position that you atheists are required to take, namely this idea that the cosmos does not know that you exist and will not notice when you are gone. This is such a sad position because it has such negative consequences. If you are an atheist, and if you truly believe what Christopher Hitchens says then:
1. What is the purpose of life?
2. How can there be any basis for ethics?
If there are no consequences in the next life for my actions, then I am free to hurt as many people as I want in this life. If there are no consequences in the next life, then I suppose the purpose of life is pure decadence. If there is not life beyond the grave, then there is little purpose to this life beyond self-indulgence. If there is no God, you are on your own in life. To us Christians, that seems so empty and depressing.
Don’t you atheists feel like atheism is a depressing philosophy? If atheism is true, there is no point to anything. If on the other hand, Christianity is true, life is rich with meaning. What is holding you back from accepting that you are created, that your life has a purpose, and that eternity can be spent with God in heaven?