Friday, February 01, 2013

Atheism: "A Personal Relationship With Reality"


Recently I have pointed out how Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and other abortion advocates who wish to expand the abortion industry have begun using new and different words to push their agenda.

They are not alone in revising the way they deliver their message.

Now atheists are doing their own makeover and co-opting a phrase from evangelical Christians.

Their new message appeared yesterday on a 14' x 48' billboard in San Diego, located on MLK Freeway near College Avenue.

The billboard plays off a phrase and concept long associated with evangelicals. This is likely not an accident.

Deception most often shadows Truth.


Evangelical leaders and Christians have long emphasized a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The atheist message?

"Atheism--A Personal Relationship With Reality"

The link above includes a picture of the billboard and some local news stories.

The words on the billboard appear over an image of a curtain, held open by a stack of books. Behind the curtain is a pastoral nature scene.

The atheists are paying $1000 a week for the sign. As they say, they are putting their money where their mouth is.

What do they hope to accomplish with the sign?

"We want express how using intelligence to free oneself of the god idea can open the curtain to a inspiring new outlook," says Debbie Allen, local atheist coordinator.

Replace God with human intelligence.

Fred Edwords, a national director says, "We hope they [the general public] will discover that we are a regular part of local communities everywhere. Non-believers like us live all over America, we're your friends, your neighbors, your co-workers and family members."

This message is very similar to that of Sen. Ed Murray and the homosexual lobby as they worked to redefine marriage in Washington.

Allen sums up the outreach: "When you raise the curtain between the known and the unknown, there is nothing there but the natural world. No wizards, no spirits, no deities."

There is another view: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." And that same God, "so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever would believe on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Behind the curtain there actually are wizards and spirits who seek to deceive. And not behind a curtain, in that it was torn from bottom to top, is God presiding over the entire universe, revealed to everyone who will accept Him, by the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ. A God who loves each human being, who can forgive and restore a broken life.

Atheists certainly have the freedom to believe what they choose to believe, but there is a better way.

One can have a personal relationship with the meadows and mountains.

Or, a personal relationship with the eternal creator God, who created the meadows and the mountains.

I'm with Billy Graham and more than 2 billion Christians who have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

Believe. Be Blessed. Be Free.

21 comments:

  1. I so remember living as an atheist while in college and beyond. If one truly engaged in intellectual reasoning with a skilled debater of the truths of scripture, the atheistic belief system has no base in reality.

    Easiest example is a camera. "Billions and billions of years ago metallurgy began to evolve from the early building block particles. They then, through trial and error, over a long time formed into this camera." If that sounds ridiculous then how can one possibly credit the human eyeball to that theory? Of course the camera had a creator - Polaroid, Howell - so of course the human body had a creator. How ridiculous to imagine otherwise.

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  2. Atheist claim they are not religious because they have no God. I would counter that Atheist are VERY RELIGIOUS and they set themselves up as GOD by submitting everything in the universe subject to their own intellect. It takes a lot of faith to be an atheist, against the manifest witness of all in the created order!

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  3. There needs to a picture of a fetus and then a baby that simply states, the simply reality of life....Aborption kills (NARAL & Planned Planned Parenthood kills babies)

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  4. All of the atheists I’ve known are cognitively, spiritually, and morally disabled. All of the communists I’ve known are atheists. Not all atheists are communists, but that suicidal ideology is their natural inclination. The communists who say they are Christians are liars playing the Sojourner-Gamaliel/liberation theology/social justice/humanist/Christ-was-a-communist scam. Consequently, discussing God with atheists is like discussing the color green with those blind from birth. Just as the blind should not drive school buses, atheists should not drive governments. Not surprisingly, even atheists survive better under Christian-led governments than under atheist-led governments.

    The very small atheist minority does not have the right to inflict their disabilities on our vast, fully functioning majority. There are sound reasons why atheists are discriminated against and have extinction level birthrates worldwide. Turn your other cheek to fellow Christians, but never to atheists. As a rule: Atheists destroy, and Christians build.

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    1. Ernest, I think you need to get out more and meet some people representative of the real world.

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  5. You're missing the real point. The billboard is helping spread the message that it's ok to be atheist. There are lots of us and if religion seems to be mythology to you, you're not alone.

    In the past, atheists were regarded as the worst of the worst, even worse than - gasp - homosexuals. It wasn't safe to admit you were atheist or you could kiss your next promotion good bye among other things.

    Times are a changin'. Atheists are coming out of the closet and are comfortable living a reality based life.

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  6. I don't think anyone's arguing you don't have the right to believe as you wish. Just don't say it's not a faith-based belief, it's a religion with man as god. It takes more faith to be an atheist than anything else in the face of the scientific evidence for an intelligent designer. You may think your comfortable in this reality, I'd rather by comfortable in the next.

    Craig in Lacey

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    1. Rhat's sophistry. Atheists don't say they know absolutely there isn't a 'intelligent designer' they just say there is no evidence there is and no seeming requirement for there to be one to explain the world.

      Using your hardline definition everyone who doesn't think aliens landed in Roswell New Mexico is taking it on faith, there's no proof they didn't is there?

      Most atheists are what the philosopher Bertrand Russell called 'teacup atheists' - there may be a perfectly formed teacup floating between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and no they can't prove there isn't, but the chances that there is is so low its not worth spending more than a second considering.

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    2. Just a note, we not only live in reality based world, it's also evidence based - our brains just aren't wired to accept mythology with no supporting evidence.

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    3. I live in a world that clearly points to God . Scientificaly evidenced for sure . Nothing in this world has come from nothing . Science teaches us that , something does not come from nothing . What ever created matter here , did not create it from itself .


      To believe something came from nothing is a leap of faith . Dawkins actually stated he believed Christians should be barred from Oxford . I assumed he would have stated Muslims also but considered the possible conequences I guess.
      It is interesting you do not see your own emotion wrapped up in your beliefs . Evil and Good may have evolved from your perspective , but I suggest evil and good have always been with us . Your recognition perhaps may be new to evil. Regardless I do see a moral framework in this world . To suggest it just evolved somehow and physically the world has come from nothing is not really evidence to your stated position .

      Mick

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  7. Your definition would actually describe an agnostic, they neither confirm nor deny the existence of God. A true atheist does deny the existence of God.

    So what if there is a teacup? or not? That has nothing to do with the topic at hand. If I throw together some trees,rocks,sand, and water, after a couple billion years of random chance processes, I should have a house, school, apartment bldg, etc.. Yet the fossil record shows no such thing. Where did the info come from to build a house? Intelligent purposeful design. Something doesn't come from nothing. Things tend toward disorder, not order. 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

    We see this also in nature, where did the info come from for the human genome? A bird? A flower? The evidence I think clearly points to the one who revealed Himself in The Bible. You may want to seek Him while there is yet still time.

    Eternity is a long time to think about what you should have done =)

    Craig in Lacey

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    1. Start out with the True Scotsman argumentative fallacy and the one straw man fallacy after another.

      No wonder you are so seduced by superstition.

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    2. Seems like your seduced by your own emotion . For an athesist that can be quite dangerous .

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  8. Not at all, there is clear scientific evidence supporting an intelligence behind creation, its not a blind faith. Atheism has no evidence to support it at all. Again, you are free to believe as you wish, but you say that you see, therefore you remain blind.

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    1. Really? Clear scientific evidence? I guess I missed it. Could you please share?

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    2. Absolutely, first lets define scientific. It must be observable and repeatable, this is the scientific method.

      1. Nowhere in the geological record do we find evidence of small random mutations of one species into another. On the contrary, we find the fossil record with complete species, no small changes, no fish with feet or wings, etc. We still don't see it in nature today. (Gen 1:20-25) We do find evidence of a world wide flood, millions of dead things laid down in rock layers all over the earth, even covered in miles of ice. (Gen 7)

      2. The archaeological record again and again has proven the places and events of the Bible to be true. Sodom and Gomarrah and the cities of the plain, the Red (or Reed) Sea crossing, the taking of the census during the reign of Quirinius (he was governor of Syria twice)

      3. The incredible complexity and diversity of life demands an answer. Reason dictates that this didn't happen by chance. When your eyes behold a car, house or even the computer you're reading this on, you know instinctively that it was created. Why? Because something doesn't come from nothing. In nature we see the same, intelligent, purposeful, design for a tree, flower, animal, whatever. Again, something doesn't come from nothing.

      Why? Because God wants us to see the beauty and majesty of Himself revealed in the things He has made, including each other.

      Why so much death and destruction? Because of man's disobedience and hardness of heart, the sin that so easily entangles us.

      But you know the best part, God didn't leave us like that, He made a way back to himself. Through to death of Jesus Christ your sins can be forgiven. God loves you that much, don't close your heart to him. Eternity is a longggggg time!

      It is my pleasure to share the good news!!! I live in reality also, put my shoes on one at a time, go to work, all that. But, I know this is not my home, so I can live with joy and peace that doesn't depend on my circumstances.

      I know who's got my back, whose got yours? = )

      Craig In Lacey

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    3. As I said, no scientific evidence. Present that as evidence in actual science class and you'd be laughed out of the room.

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  9. Do you know what the word 'science' means? Knowledge. Conscience means 'with knowledge'. My faith stands because it's with knowledge that the eye can see and the heart can appreciate. Has anyone seen God? No, the Bible declares that no one has seen God at any time. I don't need to see him, no more than I need to see the people who built my car. The evidence is plain to see.

    " Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" (Heb 11:1)

    " The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood by what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:18-20)

    As I said, the evidence is plain to those who WANT TO SEE!

    Craig in Lacey

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    1. Yes, if you want to believe, you will. That's called faith, not science. There is no proof that the flying spaghetti monster didn't do all the things you claim your god did. Your brain seeks to believe in a divine being. If you'd been born in the middle east, you'd be worshiping allah with the same fervor convinced that the 'evidence' could only mean one thing.

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    2. Big difference, if you're born in the Middle East and don't accept the evidence you'll be killed, hardly a choice huh? Actually there are Christians born in the Middle East and they are persecuted for there faith.

      Of course, if I step off the curb in front of a car, I have faith that I'm gonna get hit. Sounds like science to me.

      Of course it's about faith, whatever you believe. Science and the Bible aren't mutually exclusive as I explained before. There's plenty of scientific evidence that something doesn't come from nothing.

      I guess it could have been my dog who created everything, but I doubt it.

      Craig In Lacey

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  10. Grief is a process that involves a person's emotion, spirituality, physicality experienced after a tragedy or loss, such as divorce, separation or Paarberatung

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