Several atheist assemblies are springing up around the world, which troubles me.
Of course, as an unshakable believer, I cannot comprehend atheism and what it's like to think there is nothing beyond this life. Hopelessness and loneliness must permeate someone who believes this world — with its rampant selfishness and greed, violence and hatred, arrogance and haughtiness — is all there is.
Atheists must see imperfect Christians' sins and declare, “If that is what Christianity is about, I want no part of it.” Or they prayed for something — like healing for a loved one — but didn’t receive the desired answer. As a result, they conclude there is no God.
But while science and reason can't prove God’s existence, and we can easily dismiss what we don't understand, that doesn't make God less real.
I hope those who attend these atheist gatherings will find what they seek. But they will not find the kind of fulfillment for which they truly long.
Not until they realize they seek God.
The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.