Has ATHEISM Become the Opiate of the Uninformed?
September 7, 2016 in Religion
Do you think the knowledge of science has progressed to the degree that it proves God does not exist?… If so, you should think again! http://allsolutionsnetwork.org/blog/what-if-the-facts-are-wrong-facts-that-destroyed-faith
Religion is often touted as the OPIATE OF THE MASSES because it supposedly dulled their life’s pain with delusory promises of a beautiful existence in heaven. Therefore, there was supposedly less need to struggle for a better existence in this life because their reward would be in the next. In short, religion made them feel better about their lives.
IS THERE NOW AN OPIATE OF THE ATHEISTS?
The concept of an atheistic materialism; the belief that all we see and all we are is nothing more than chemical processes is all but DEAD! The empirical evidence proving there is more to reality than molecules in motion is overwhelming and continues to mount almost daily. However, for many, even the most powerful compelling evidence is not enough; WHY?… because he who will not see stands no better than he who can not see. Any objective analysis of the issues and facts makes it clear that the problems of strict materialism are not just legion but apparently insurmountable…
* Origin of life research
* The Fossil Record.
* The problem of mind and conciousness.
* The newest discoveries *Quantum Theory have actually destroyed materialism*.
In spite of the ever expanding mountain of objective data, why do so many continue to hold to a strict, intractable, unwillingness to examine new information and continue to embrace an unyielding dogma of materialism and atheism? For many, atheism is their opiate. It is often used to feel better and smarter than those who believe in God. They think a lack of theistic belief evinces higher intellect, advanced logical processing, a more scientifically informed status than the Theists. They often believe that those who belief in God don’t have a strong grip on reality; know nothing of science, biology or evolution. Some such as Richard Dawkins have even started referring to atheists as “The Brights”.
Also, as has been pointed out in many ways, often a main reason for atheism is the desire to avoid moral constraints.
AS stated by Aldous Huxely, “I had motive for not wanting the world to have a meaning … the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political”. Often, they take comfort in the belief that no matter what they do, so long as no one knows… there are no consequences for anything.
Personally, I enjoy living by the motto “Live your life as if someone is always watching… Not only is doing so the key to being a great person… I believe there IS someone watching!”
“A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS AND OFTEN DESTRUCTIVE THING”
From the origin of species through the ensuing 100 years or so, science supported an atheist worldview. During that time, various branches of science were used as sledgehammers in an attempt to destroy religion; to remove it from society. Although, the attempts continue, the evidentiary landscape has DRAMATICALLY changed! Virtually every new discovery in biology and cosmology over the past 50 years or more has created an new difficulty for atheism and materialism; difficulties that as of now seem insurmountable. Even a growing number of atheists are claiming that the materialist worldview is dead.
One of countless examples: Thomas Nagel is an atheist, who cannot accept God as a final answer, and yet he echoes some theological critiques of science. “Physic-chemical reductionism,” he writes, cannot tell us how matter became animate on Earth more than three billion years ago; nor can it account for the emergence in our ancestors of consciousness, reason and morality.http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/is-scientific-materialism-almost-certainly-false/ also see: http://allsolutionsnetwork.org/blog/the-truth-about-religion
DISCOVERIES THAT CHANGED THE WORLD!
* It was thought the cell was just a bag of protoplasm.
WRONG! It turns out each cell is the equivalent of a large city full of factories and biological machines that are constantly moving from one area to another to accomplish any needed objectives. see from Harvard Medical School https://youtu.be/FzcTgrxMzZk
* Darwin, explained how the incredible diversity of life we see all around us could be accomplished by random chance with new species created by the accumulation of selected mutations..
WRONG. We now know that there are definite limits to what DNA mutations can accomplish.
The fact is that virtually all mutations have either NO or NEGATIVE results; or those that provide positive results are caused by the LOSS of genetic information not the ADDITION of positive information. This has been shown in many research studies. See one: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn27760-cradle-of-creation-evolution-shapes-up-new-ecosystem-in-the-lab/#.VYjMnE3bKuV
Although, this study is touted in the media and science journals as resounding support for Darwinism and evolution, the fact is that it actually produced nothing more than the duplication of an already existing gene (this is not unusual), plus the breaking of another gene. What was this great evolutionary discovery?
It was stated that the bacterium had “evolved the ability to feed on citrate”. NOT SO!
Normal E. coli ALREADY have the ability to feed on citrate — they just don’t typically do it under oxic conditions. There was nothing new here, just something different.
* At the time that Darwin’s theory came into to play, we still believed in abiogenesis i.e that life readily arises from non life. Therefore, the “fact” that life could arise without a creator was “not even controversial”
WRONG. Issues of how life could possibly have arisen “naturally” are now known to be the most difficult problem in science. see… http://allsolutionsnetwork.org/blog/category/religion
I literally could site 100’s of other examples. See How Materialism Died.
The fact is that no one can PROVE the existence of God any more than Science can DISPROVE his existence.
However, as science progresses, the facts increasingly create evidentiary inferences that God Does Exist.
As was stated by Steve Laufmann,
Evolution’s grand challenge: The complex programs and amazing molecular machines at the heart of life simply cannot be explained by any current or proposed theory of evolution, nor by any other completely material cause.
Apologists for materialism cannot hide this fact much longer. Neither the volume of their arguments nor any level of vitriol can change the fact that the data is skewing against them.
Rarely has any field of science had to deal with questions so difficult, or that cut so deeply into the worldviews, minds, and hearts, of thoughtful men and women.
Evolution sits at the center of a front-and-center debate — with too much to explain, in too little time, with insufficient causal power, and with so many watching and so much at stake.