"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
The Nihilist, The Atheist, and The Christian
I am sure that everyone has been paying attention to the shooting in Arizona. Jarod Loughner, went to an event hosted by Representative Giffords. 9 people died, including a 9 year old child. There is news out now that Loughner is a nihilist. Now I have heard of nihilism before from movies, or jokes but was never sure as to what it actually was. Today being a snow day here in Kansas City…I figured I would take a look.
I did a Google search on the word nihilism and landed on an Encyclopedia article which talks about nihilism. Here are a couple of excerpts:
“While nihilism is often discussed in terms of extreme skepticism and relativism, for most of the 20th century it has been associated with the belief that life is meaningless. Existential nihilism begins with the notion that the world is without meaning or purpose. Given this circumstance, existence itself–all action, suffering, and feeling–is ultimately senseless and empty.”
“In his study of meaninglessness, Donald Crosby writes that the source of modern nihilism paradoxically stems from a commitment to honest intellectual openness. “Once set in motion, the process of questioning could come to but one end, the erosion of conviction and certitude and collapse into despair” (The Specter of the Absurd, 1988).”
It would appear that nihilism is the conclusion to atheism. Everywhere I go atheists are always talking about one thing…skepticism. Atheists are always talking about a lack of evidence for God. At some point they must come to a conclusion. If they conclude that there is in fact no God, there is only one logical conclusion…life is meaningless, there is no purpose, and that it all is senseless and empty.
If in fact this is the conclusion that one draws; life, your actions, your family, everything has no meaning. There are no moral rules. Nothing to govern you or society. Nothing that would prevent you from gunning down 9 people because there are no consequences. If that seems a little harsh then I would advise that you think this all the way to conclusion. The thought process for a nihilist would be as follows: “I question the existence of God. There is not enough evidence to demonstrate that he exists (atheism). Well if God doesn’t exist, and there is no afterlife, then what is the point. Life is meaningless, my actions are meaningless. Why bother with anything (nihilism).” Here I would agree with Donald Crosby in the quote above when he says that this belief, or this thought process can only lead to depression and despair.
With all of that said…
God exists. The primary evidence for Gods existence is his creation (Romans 1:20). God loves you. If you are sitting in despair or are thinking that life has no meaning…think about this, God sacrificed his son for YOU! (John 3:16). He sacrificed his son for those who continue to deny his existence. Who continue to deny the existence of his son. How powerful is this love? So powerful that God will forgive ALL of the things that you have done, and will do. That is so important that it should be said again… God loves you so much, that despite denying his existence, that he will forgive you for everything that you have done. Call on God, ask for his forgiveness, accept Christ as your savior in your heart and you can inherit the Kingdom! You should know that you are not meaningless in God’s eyes (Matthew 6:25-33). Each one of us is precious to God. He knows you. I am not meaning the proverbial you as in everyone…HE KNOWS YOU! (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:16). This is the good news that Christian’s talk about!
Do not despair! The God of the universe knows your name, and loves you unconditionally!