I was listening to an online sermon series recently, when I heard a phrase, which I suppose is old but seemed to strike me as relevant today, that “worry is practical atheism”.
Now, I know several people—many from the blogosphere realm—who call themselves atheists; and I’m happy to call them my friends. I’ve talked to several of them, both through online commentary and discussion forums, and through personal contact and face-to-face conversation and, though I may not agree with some of the conclusions they’ve come to, I can see, and understand, how many of them got there.
But what is atheism? How can someone be both a Christian and an atheist? And, how does all this apply to the phrase, “worry is practical atheism”?
From Webster’s Concise Encyclopedia we see that atheism is:
“. . . critique and denial of metaphysical beliefs in God or divine beings. Unlike agnosticism, which leaves open the question of whether there is a God, atheism is a positive denial.”
So, how can one be both a Christian and an atheist? How does it apply to the saying, “worry is practical atheism?”
In essence, when you worry–when you find yourself in life situations where you either have no idea how you got there, any idea of how you can possibly get out, or what the resolution is going to be, yet there’s this burning desire inside you wherein you desperately need those answers–what you’re really saying is:
- “I believe in a God who is in control of the universe, but not in one who is in control of my life.”
- “I believe in a God powerful enough to speak matter into existence, but not in one powerful enough to guide me through my current crisis.”
- “I believe in an all-knowing God, but my problem obviously caught him by surprise.”
You believe in God. Yet, you don’t.
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