Dear Ricky Gervais, Atheism is silly.
Though I would love to sleep in on Sundays, atheism grinds my gears. As a former atheist, I respect the right of people to not believe. People should be allowed to be wrong. It makes things more entertaining for those who are right. None of us is right all the time, but atheism is ridiculous. You don’t have to believe in my God, but having no god is ignorance incarnate.
Ricky Gervais is funny, and he is an atheist. He shared about his unbelief in God in the Wall Street Journal. His next article is on the Tooth Fairy. I love The Office, and I enjoyed his movie The Invention of Lying. Mr. Gervais understands the weirdness and hypocrisy of humanity, but not the universe.
He says,“I don’t believe in God because there is absolutely no scientific evidence for his existence and from what I’ve heard the very definition is a logical impossibility in this known universe,”
He says religion is good as a “moral compass”. That’s true. Evangelical Christians give 9 times more then the average Britain. Giving to others is the sign that God is at work because it’s His nature to give. And, Church goers are some of the happiest people.
1. Stuff is Here
Everything here has a cause. Only the Federal Reserve can create things out of thin air, everything else comes from somewhere. My socks stink because my feet sweat. Eating too much makes me fat, and a chicken laid the egg. This universe has guaranteed that every effect has a cause. The question is not, “How could a god in this universe create it?” The question is, “Where did this universe come from?” What caused it? God did. He is the source.
2. Stuff is complex
Look around. The human body, the solar system, and the eco-system are complex. Complex things don’t build themselves. Even simple things take work. The scientist who created synthetic DNA back in May took 15 years and truck loads of money to do it. They proved that it takes a lot of time, thought, and effort to make life. God gave us life.
3. Stuff isn’t falling apart as fast as it should.
Everything is falling apart. Nothing lasts for ever. Everything is dying, species being extinguished and cars are breaking down. The second law of thermodynamics is the standard, and it takes a lot of effort to keep things together. I spent 3 hours today repairing a 4 year old fence made out of wood and nails. My 3 year old almost dies on a daily basis. Cars are money pits for a reason. The universe couldn’t last without some help. God keeps it going.
These 3 thoughts form the foundation of my belief in God. Things need a source, things are complex, and they couldn’t survive without some intervention.
Who Created God?
God doesn’t necessarily need a “creator” because He would have to have been from outside our universe before it was created. And, wherever He is “from” or “is” doesn’t have to have the same rules as here. They may not need a cause for an effect. Think of it like another unimaginable land. Just like different countries have different laws, different places have different rules.
How could this place be so messed up if there is a God?
It sucks here because we have taken it out of His hands. I want you to hear this. God is God, and He is in control–but He is not making every decision here. He lets us make some. You are making some, I am making some, the weirdo down your street is making some, and the person serving in the homeless shelter is making some. Most of the evil here is either caused by us or not solved by us.
Why does the world suck?
The world sucks because there is an absence of God. Plain and simple. Good and evil are not opposites just light and dark are not opposites. You can turn a light on, but you can’t turn “a dark on”. Darkness is the result of an absence of light. Same with evil–it’s an absence of good.
People who believe in God aren’t perfect.
Sorry your holiness, either are you.
Where is God, and why can’t I see Him?
He is supposed to be reflected in you and me. So, let’s get with it.
Gervais lists some statistics about the percentage of atheists in prison being lower then in the rest of society. Well duh, they changed in prison. Everyone finds God there. He reveals His care exponentially to those who need it most.
You may be an atheist. I mean no disrespect. It’s cool we can still be friends on FaceBook. You may be an agnostic. I really believe God is real. I think He puts a lot of time and energy into this place. I think He even put Himself into this place in Jesus Christ. It’s not perfect, but I think that’s our fault.
I promise you this, If you seek God, you will find Him.