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When Atheists Die

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; ... that no flesh should glory in His presence.” (1 Cor 1:26-29)


Christopher Hitchens was well known in the atheist and skeptic community. He died in 2011 from cancer. As he faced the end of life, many thought he might “see the light” and “come to his senses” before it was too late. However, in a televised interview with Anderson Cooper, Mr. Hitchens said that if it was ever said that he had a deathbed change of heart, that no one should ever believe it.


To get an idea of this man’s view of God, one need only read his book, “god is not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” Here he described his young rebellion against indoctrination into the Church of England. Interestingly enough, most of us would share many of his objections to that religious group. His disgust at the doctrines of priesthood, original sin and many other denominational perversions of scripture are justified. He hotly denounced the practice of so-called priests who claimed marriage was forbidden to them, yet secretly practiced rampant homosexuality and pedophilia.


But in the end he was wrong about God. He refused to accept what could not be proven by science or “what would offend human reason.” Albert Einstein consistently marveled at the intricacies of the universe as a cosmic watch, though he acknowledged he did not know how to comprehend the “watchmaker.” Antony Flew, another famous atheist, toward the end of his life said that DNA, the built-in blueprint for all organic life, was just too complex to deny that it was created by intelligence, an idea flatly rejected by all evolutionists.


Paul noted that those with the greatest success in the world, were unlikely to accept the truth of God. In Noah’s world there were only 8 saved from the flood. All of the adults who God saved from Egypt died in the wilderness because of unbelief. Many Christians have secretly sought the validity that would come from ”worldly” authorities or noted celebrities embracing God. But the prideful world at large will never be turning to God.


Conservative radio talk show host Bill Bennet said of Hitchens’ death, “He’s in for a big surprise.” Indeed.

- Tim Orbison

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