Just this past week an national atheist organization erected its monument in a Florida city. It recognized and professed religious principles, contrary to its intended purpose.
“An atheist believes that a hospital should be built instead of a church.” These people are unaware of health care statistics, evidently. Forty percent of the hospitals in the U.S. are build by religious organizations. In Columbus Ohio, Mt. Carmel East and Mt. Carmel West, St. Ann’s, and Riverside Methodist were all religiously oriented in their beginnings. They ‘compete’ with Grant Medical Center and the Ohio State University health systems.
“An atheist believes that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said.” Apparently these atheists do not comprehend how human creativity begins. Napoleon Hill wrote in true classical fashion in his book “Think and Grow Rich” in 1933; “What a man can conceive and believe he can achieve.” A prayer is the kernel of an idea for a better world. More than that, a prayer is an idea asking to be germinated and fertilized by something, Someone, greater than that which we as humans can perceive. Prayers are where the cultivation of God’s earth begins. So before ‘doing the deed’, we know the atheist had to begin with an idea. That they left off the inspiration part is to the detriment of their own success and journey while accomplishing it.
“An atheist strives for involvement in life, not an escape into death.” How misguided to believe that the Christian faith, in particular, would look towards death before being involved in life. The Judeo-Christian mission is set up by the book of Genesis. “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” (Gen 1:28) I’m no translator of Greek-to-English, but it’s my understanding that this means we are the caretakers of this world and all that is in it. It is a high responsibility, clearly understood by the atheists without the comprehension that they worship the ‘unknown god’ honored by the Greeks in Athens and spoken of by Paul of Tarsus when he visited that city.
This principle of involvement is further emphasized for Christians when they are given the Great Commission by Jesus of Nazareth. “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matt 28: 19, 20) Christians in particular are to be fervently involved with others throughout their lives according to the talents they are given.
As for ‘death’, it is a fact for all of us that these bodies we have will give out. Yet, as the Greeks of old, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle, similar to the Roman faith in their ancestral spirits, we who have faith, …all who have faith; Christians, Buddhists, Hindu, Native Americans, Muslims, and other religious around the world know in their being that there is an afterlife beyond the existence of this flesh. An atheist may chose to deny what most humans belief. It is their choice.
“He wants disease conquered, poverty banished, and war ended.” Please note the pronoun. Not ‘we’, not ‘she’, not ‘S/he’. This ends more like a personal manifesto than a creed of many. In essence, this person wants heaven-on-earth. So do those of us working to follow the ideals of the Ten Commandments this monument is set up next to. We pledge our allegiance to a higher power first, is all. And in the United States “…we pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
If this is the creed of a collection of humans that deny the existence of God, isn’t it curious that their creed seems so God-inspired?
Their monument further posts quotations from some founders, out of context of course, to bolster the idea that our country was not founded on Judeo-Christian principles. More on that in a separate entry.
It is an argument over the Bill of Rights and the First Amendment that was the inspiration for the building of this monument. It is a fight over this very Amendment that has the Bishops in the United States calling for a Fortnight4Freedom, a two-week vigil of prayer for the sake of the protection of this amendment. The Atheists have chosen their timing well to coincide with this vigil. For more information on the Fortnight4Freedom.org visit http://www.usccb.org.