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Atheism - Proclaiming Success or Failure?

Atheism - A Proclamation of Success or Failure?

Faten Sabri


A Word From the Heart

Seeking Succor

Sharing something amazing I have read:

"At the time when Napoli was upended by the performances of the comedian Karlinija, a man asked a famous doctor to prescribe him medicine for severe depression. The doctor advised the patient to attend some of Karliniga’s shows and pastime events. However, the doctor was surprised to know that the patient was Karlinija himself."

The author proceeded saying:

"The seekers of truth and skeptics only visit psychiatric clinics, while believers and atheists do not. A believer searches and finds, whereas an atheist neither searches nor finds. A third type still searches but has not yet found. Without the Creator, life turns into a mechanism; it becomes lifeless. If I say that I went to the metro station early in the morning and took a metro, arrived at the university, attended my lectures, and then returned home, these events are not suitable for a novel or a short story because they lack elements of good and evil. Throughout history, novels and short stories never lacked these two elements. They are the basis of human existence and the secret behind the assignment."

The assignment mentioned by the author is the deep feeling inside the human soul that drives him to do good and to avoid wrongdoing, then finds reward and punishment.

A Journey of Seeking Truth:

Non-believers claim that everything in life has no intrinsic meaning, and we are all free to find the meaning of everything by ourselves in the way we want to lead a fulfilling life. Denial of the purpose of our existence is self-deception. They convince themselves that there is a purpose for life by pretension.

They act as if we are children who play the role of doctors, nurses, mothers, or fathers. We can not achieve happiness unless we find our purpose in life.

Imagine a person who involuntarily found himself on a luxury train in the first class with a luxurious, relaxing and a comfortable experience. Would he be happy on this journey without having answers to the following questions?

How did you get here? What is the purpose of this trip? Where will this train go? If these questions are unanswered, how can he be happy?

Even if he enjoys all the luxuries available at his disposal, he will not achieve real and meaningful happiness. Will the delicious meal offered on the train make him forget these questions? This kind of happiness is a temporal and false contentment, which he can achieve by willful disregard of these questions. This case is similar to the false ecstasy caused by drunkenness that leads to destruction. He will not achieve real happiness unless he finds answers to these existential questions.

John Locke says:

“If human hope is exclusive to this world, and if we enjoy life in this world only, it is not strange or illogical to search for happiness, even at the expense of parents and children.”

Between Existence and Non-existence

Most of the deniers of the Creator believe that light is not affected by time, but they disagree with the idea that the Creator is not subject to the laws of time and space. The Creator exists before everything and after everything, and none of His creatures can encompass His knowledge.

Many of them also believe that the communication between connected particles remains when they are separating. Still, they did not accept the idea that the Creator communicates with His servants wherever they go. They believe that they have a mind without seeing it; yet, they refused to believe in the Creator without seeing Him.

Some of them also refused to believe in heaven and hell and accepted the existence of other worlds they have not seen. Even though science has let people believe in things they do not see, a mirage is an example. They believe in it and accept its existence, but they do not believe in a creator because they cannot see Him. After death, physics and chemistry will not benefit humans, as science promised humans nothingness.

The main difference between an atheist and a believer is that the atheist considers the believer backward for believing in something he does not see. In fact, the believer believes in what elevates his status and elevates his position; whereas, the atheist believes in physics, chemistry, and nothingness which degrade his status.

The Creator's Existence

Things do not happen without a cause. Based on this fact, there is a belief in the existence of a Creator for the universe. Coincidence is not a "main cause"; rather, a secondary result that requires the presence of other factors such as time, space, matter, and energy. These factors must be available for something to be formed by chance. Therefore, the formation of the universe is not a coincidence. The word "Coincidence" cannot explain anything because it is absolutely nothing.

Realizing the Truth

Science changes, and therefore believing in empirical material science that is subject to change is useless. Every now and then, new things are discovered and new theories refute the theories that preceded them. If we assume all sciences as established and accurate facts, then some of what we consider to be science is still theoretical, and thus, we still have a problem.

Experimental science nowadays glorifies the discoverer and disregards the originator. As an example, suppose a person walks into a room and discovers a beautiful painting, very meticulously painted, with incredible order and symmetry, and then comes out to let people know about it. The people get impressed with this man who discovered the painting and they forget to ask the most important question: "Who painted it?"

Humans are impressed by the scientific discoveries of the laws of nature, space, and matter to the extent that they forget the creativity of the Creator who created them. Scientists did not invent these laws, they only discovered them. It was all created by the Creator.

A human cannot refute the existence of the writer merely because he knows the book; they do not substitute each other. Science discovered the laws of the universe but did not set them, the Creator did.

Believers believe in science and some of them have higher degrees in physics and other sciences; however, they know that these laws and discoveries have a great creator who created them. Materialists are proud that material science has discovered the laws that God created, but science did not create these laws. Scientists will have nothing to study without these laws created by God. On the contrary, faith is beneficial to the believer in this life and in the hereafter.

When one person gets a severe flu or a high fever, he wouldn't be able to serve himself to bring a glass of water. How can he give up his relationship with his Creator?

William James says: “The tumultuous waves of the ocean never disturb the calmness of the deep benthos, nor disturb its security, and likewise a man whose faith in God is deepened, his faith and tranquility is not disturbed by temporary superficial fluctuations. A truly religious man refrains from worrying, he maintains his poise and is always ready to face whatever circumstances the days may bring."

Why Religion?

Hans Schwarz, a professor of theology, says:

This story is taken from the book "My Escape to Freedom" written by Alija Izetbegovic. Alija Izetbegovic is the first president of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and an Islamic philosopher.