I find it amusing whenever I encounter someone who says they don’t believe in God. What is amusing is that they actually believe their delusion. The ego is so dominant and the belief in separatism and permanence are so entrenched that there is a rational refusal to go beyond the mind to consider the existence of an eternal and infinite soul which is itself ‘god’ or at least finds its essence in ‘god’.
These individuals are literally living the Scott Peck definition of ‘people of the lie’. They actually believe their lie that God cannot and does not exist. I think there are probably many definitions which atheists give to ‘god’ so as not to believe in ‘him/her/it’. However the truth is that to deny something which doesn’t exist is a veritable waste of time, like saying that zero is a real number. Without falling into disrespect or arrogance it is important to point out that a-theism or absence of a ‘god’ is a way of saying that we are alone; alone from everyone else, from nature, and from the eternal and infinite omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient essence which we call euphemistically ‘GOD’.
Those who don’t want to believe in God think that their belief makes it so. They don’t want to attribute the complexity and beauty in the world to ‘intelligent design’. They would rather let their mind rule and attribute the existence of the Universe and everything within it to chance and random acts of physical evolution. There is no willingness to accept the mystery of the alpha or omega of reality, no attempt to unravel the mystery of space and time, of light and gravity, of acts of random kindness. For there is no greater mystery for the atheist than to understand why someone would commit an act of random kindness to a stranger, unconditionally, expecting nothing in return.
The atheist is incapable of understanding the inter-connectedness and emptiness of all which is material. The atheist is unable to accept that what is invisible such as electricity, magnetism, and gravity are beyond our ability to understand or control. otherwise we would have invented a way to exceed the speed of light, to travel to distant galaxies, and to de-materialize like the characters we see in the fictional science movies about star travel. Atheists confuse truth and fiction.
The atheist has a need to control that which is beyond our control through rationalizations and the use of deductive reasoning, This defies the truth that we cannot identify who we are, why we are conscious, why we are here, and where we are going, if we posit that there is nothing beyond this physical life and that birth and death are the only two real states with a short life between them, and that there is nothing beyond those two points in time and space.
The atheist believes that there is no essence beyond that which is physical and material. There is no room for understanding the nature of the fabric which holds matter together, that energy and life force is that which keeps beings alive, and the mechanism by which energy becomes matter or even how a soul can inhabit a physical body or leave it when the physical body clock runs out. The nature of quantum physics attempts to understand that fabric and those mechanisms whereby life comes and goes in living beings and in planets and galaxies. The truth lies in the suggestion that there is more energy and dark matter in the universe than there is matter.
As Carline Myss points out that one rarely encounters a atheist which is old and sick, as these individuals are searching for a miracle to provide them healing from pain and suffering and delay the inevitable onset of decay and disease and death to the physical body. The young atheists have not yet lived, suffered, or endured the dark night of the soul where separation from one’s soul is tantamount to eternal suffering alone in infinite space and eternal time.
Once someone discovers that it is better to believe than not believe one opens oneself up to the reception of grace and redemption from disbelief in the ‘eternal and infinite essence’ called ‘all that is’. This essence identified itself to Moses as ‘I am that, I am’. This is the claim that God is ‘all there is’, ‘all there ever was, is, and will be’. God is ‘eternal and infinite creation, destruction, restoration, and annihilation’. And God is the sum total of emptiness and fullness, of energy and matter, visible and invisible.
The delusion that God doesn’t exist lives in the mind of atheists who are alone, unfulfilled, and unwilling to be vulnerable to other living beings who require a commitment of love and compassion in return. They have truly lost their way home and become dis-spirited having lost their connection to their Higher Soul which is part of the infinite and Eternal Essence. Reasoning can’t take you there, but I’m not attempting to convince you. Only your heart can open the door to that mystery of eternal and infinite love. No one can hold your hand to walk through the door of grace, but an open heart can find the strength and courage to do so.