Joy or Despair?

We all love something.  We all live our lives pursuing what we believe is in our best interest.  We make our choices based on what we think will provide us the best life.  But if you have no way of defining what your best interests are or what your best life is, then there will be some real inconsistencies between what you say you love or how you define what you love  and what you really love.


Many atheists and agnostics chafe when they are told that their worldview doesn’t provide an objective and transcendent standard for morality or for what is good, beautiful, and true.  They especially bristle when told that their worldview is much thinner than a Christian worldview that defines both what is best, why we should love what is best, and how we should love what is best, i.e., God.


There are some atheists, however, that have admitted as much.  Here are some examples.


…the absolute immorality of nature and in the utter purposelessness and meaningless of our psychologically necessary human impulses and affections.   ~Nietzsche


Nature averse to crime? I tell you that nature lives and breathes by it, hungers at all her pores for bloodshed, yearns with all her heart for the furtherance of cruelty.   ~Marquis de Sade


Man is a useless passion… There can no longer by any good a priori… Everything is indeed permitted if God does not exist, and man is in the consequence forlorn.   ~Jean-Paul Sartre


[Man is the] outcome of an accidental collocation of atoms.  ~Bertrand Russell


We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous – indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose. ~Richard Dawkins


 At least they are being honest.  For my part and if I have the choice, I would rather believe in something that allowed me to both define what is best and encouraged me to love it. 


However, it’s not up to me to do this. The object of my faith isn’t something man created or man discovered but what the Creator has revealed.  I believe in God, ultimately, because he exists and because he has revealed himself to us, not because believing in him makes me happy. But the icing on the cake is that the self-revelation of God gives me every reason to not only believe in him, but to love him with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength and to be truly happy.


No disrespect intended to the atheists mentioned above, but I like joy as opposed to despair.  Here’s how one biblical author has put it:


Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.


I believe in God because he exists. He’s gone to great lengths to reveal himself. And faith placed in the greatest object possible provides the only way to be truly happy.  That’s ultimately what he rewards us with.