Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Questions for Atheists

I often hear atheists make the claim that religion makes its followers unhappy, dumb, and dull. Atheists wish to save Christians from these evils by enlightening us dull religious fools with the truth - the truth that there is no God.
Whenever I hear this claim, I wonder if they have met any of the Christians I know. For all the Christians I know are incredibly happy, exciting, smart people. And the more fervently they live their faith, the happier they are.
I have several questions for atheists:
Would you have us be happy? But we are already burning with happiness, the depth of which you could not possibly fathom.
Would you bring us excitement? But we are already thrilled beyond comprehension, staring into the mystery of the eternal.
Would you have us be free? But we would not trade obedience to the “rules” of Christianity for all the “freedom” that you offer us. Our adherence to those rules brings us joy, and if it is slavery, it is sweet slavery indeed.
Would you enlighten us with truth? But we are already filled with a wisdom beyond human comprehension. If this be madness, we would rather experience that fantasy than humdrum reality.

The great Christian writer C.S. Lewis put this argument into the mouth of a fictional character, in his Narnia story The Silver Chair: "Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things - trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan Himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that's a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We're just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playinga game cam make a playworld that licks your world real hollow."

If our faith in God be madness, we embrace it willingly, and would not barter it for any price.

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