Consider the Skeptic
by Mike @ Renew-Your-Mind.org
Since We Can’t Know ‘For Sure’, Should I Just Remain a Skeptic?
"An atheist, like a Christian, holds that we can know whether or not there is a God. The Christian holds that we can know there is a God; the atheist, that we can know there is not." Bertrand Russell; Religions of America; pg 285
All believers believe, but no believer makes the assertion that proof of God is tangible. This is the essence of faith – why ‘believers’ are called ‘believers.’ Evidence for God is everywhere, if we’re looking for it, but there does not exist direct, indisputable ‘proof.’ But for an atheist to say ‘There is NO God’ assumes, in the absence of proof or knowledge, that the atheist is in fact ‘all-knowing!’ He has just disagreeing with himself, since he just made an omniscient (all knowing) claim by claiming to KNOW this ‘unknowable’ fact!
Since there can be no atheists, what remains in the world of skeptics are agnostics, or those who have no-knowledge (a-gnostic). There are two kinds of agnostics, those who are seeking for the answers, and those who are content in their not-knowing.
What are the consequences of not believing? Consider Pascal’s Wager. Blaise Pascal was an eminent scientist who invented the thermometer, and was highly noted for his scientific reasoning. He postulated that seeking and serving God has benefit in this life and the next if there is a God. So, serving God in this life has no cost. But if you were to wager that there is no God and you choose to ignore him, you may lose everything if He does exist. In this position you’ve lost your wager and there is no recovery. In other words, the atheist is making a large bet in which he could pay a terrible price if he is wrong
But what if the atheist is right? Taking atheism to its logical conclusions, life is meaningless. There would be no absolute truth, no basis for morals, and no reason to survive. The atheist will declare that he does in fact have basis for these items, but it seems that everything is relative if everything is based upon chance. How can we even be sure we are in control of our own thoughts if there is no design? Who is to say that evil is not ok as long as someone ‘wants’ it – who are we to say it’s wrong? If the majority rules everything, or if the strongest survive, we may not complain when we are crossed, for it was meant to be.
Dr. Ravi Zacharias has described the lot in life to be expected in a free-for-all worldview, and is called The Atheist’s Creed
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