Atheism is on the rise, according to Psychology Today. I concur, according to my time in the blogosphere. It seems people are fed up with biblical counsel and want to be the master of their own “destiny.” Notice this excerpt concerning the deconversion of clergy,
The spiritual struggles of ministers and priests and rabbis remind us that, amid encroaching fundamentalism, atheism is also on the rise. The neo-atheist movement is fueled by outspoken academics and intellectuals including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and others who bombard the airwaves and bestseller lists with their calls for deconversion. You can now send your kid to an atheist summer camp or get yourself certifiably “de-baptized.” (Britain’s national Secular Society offers the service: “Liberate yourself from the original mumbo jumbo that liberated you from the original sin you never had.”) -Psychology Today Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008; Last Reviewed 29 Jan 2008, Article ID: 4493.
You don’t have to do much reading from Richard Dawkins before realizing he declares those who believe in God as deluded and must have a disease, a virus of the mind. Those who follow his thinking are called “Brights” – which begs the question – are the rest of us “Dims”? He is getting some backlash from his elitist position – note this article.
However, his belief is nothing new. Throughout history people have had the choice to believe there is a God, or not. In the Roman Age if one did not believe in the pantheon of Roman gods, h/she was declared an atheist. That declaration put Jews and Christians in the same boat, and was cause for much persecution. Wise King Solomon wrote that there is nothing new under the sun.
My concern is not the “new” thought of atheism, but the “encroaching fundamentalism” of the “new atheist” movement. The elitist rhetoric is dividing – most of the world is considered “diseased” because of our belief in God. The Church of Virus and the Brights Movement give some clue concerning their fundamental beliefs.
This whole topic brought to mind the verse, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Humanism is not the answer to one’s destiny, nor is any “path” that leads away from the One True God. You may be sincere about your belief, and yet you may be sincerely wrong. It “seems” right, but it leads to death.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?…I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Don’t follow a path that “seems” right, follow the path which leads to life.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
For further reading, The Church of the Non-Believers – it’s quite telling.