Abbot Tryphon · May 24, 2013
Atheists: I’ve Never Met an Atheist
The young man announced at the beginning of a college class, that he was an atheist. I’d been invited as a guest lecturer, and had opened the talk with the observation that everyone has a nous that hungers for God. This young man took exception, declaring there was no God, and furthermore stating that he certainly did not have hunger for a relationship with anything that could be defined as God.
I asked him to define the god he’d chosen to deny, and after hearing his definition, I declared that I agreed with him. I, too, did not believe in such a god. The average understanding of just who God is, has largely been based on a concept that is not in sync with the biblical description of God, nor the teachings of the historic Church. Furthermore, the false science that is the basis for the denial of God’s involvement in creation, and in the life of our world, has come about due, in large part, to this very misconception of just who God is, to begin with.
The God that has been revealed in the holy Scriptures, and the God we worship within the life of the Church, is a God that so loved us, that he took on our human flesh, that he might experience our hunger, our thirst, our sorrow, our pain, and even our joy. He is not a remote God, incapable of understanding his creation, but, rather, a God who has joined himself to his creation and invited us into communion with him. We have been invited to share in his divinity, and, through the gift of eternal life, to dwell with him forever.
Our God is present everywhere, and is Light in a darkened universe. Everything that is good is from God, for he is love, and has invited us into communion with his love. His light shines upon us, even when we choose to live in darkness, for he is everywhere present and fills all things. Our disbelief in no way cancels out his presence, nor does our disbelief in anyway negate the fact that he is God.
The person who declares himself an atheist, is in fact one who avoids the obvious. Refusing to believe in God’s existence in no way cancels out the reality that God indeed does exist. Just as refusing to believe the world is round because it appears from our perspective or vantage point that it is flat, or denying the existence of molecules because we can’t see them, the denial of God’s existence emanates from a narrow focus on self.
That one would deny the existence of God, yet accept the theories of quantum physics, which are based on an unprovable noetic science, is proof that we, as a species, have fallen far from that which our Creator God has intended, having become, in our pride, gods unto ourselves.