How Do Atheists Celebrate Easter?

If you follow atheists to their logical conclusions, their world ends on Good Friday. Death and decay are the end of their philosophy.  There is no Easter. By its very nature atheism necessarily excludes any and all ultimate hope.  It inexorably leads to ultimate, overwhelming, unyielding, existential despair.

If there is no God, there’s nothing ahead of the universe except demise. You will die, and there’s nothing more. Your children will die. Your grandchildren will die. We will all die and our existence will cease forever and there’s nothing more. Eventually this planet itself will die. Given enough time, the sun will burn out, the universe will collapse within itself, and everything will become as though it had never been.

All our progress will collapse. All our joys will evaporate. All human purpose and meaning will be futile, empty, and meaningless. If you are an atheist, your life may have some momentary meaning to you, but it has no ultimate purpose and no lasting meaning.  We’re just the accidental byproducts of matter plus time plus chance that appear for a flash of a moment, then are extinguished forever. That in itself doesn’t mean that Christianity is true; there are other ways of demonstrating that. It simply means that atheism and non-Christian faith systems are one-way roads to meaninglessness and absurdity.

In contrast to this, I’d like to offer the message of the Gospel of John. Exactly fifty times in the fourth Gospel, we find the word LIFE!  As we read through the Gospel of John, this is what we find:

In Him was life, and that life was the light of man…. He who comes down from heaven… gives life to the world… I am the bread of life…. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life…. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and more abundantly…. I am the way, the truth, and the life…. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish…. These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Life, life, life, life, life—that’s the message of John, and that’s the message of Jesus. And that’s why I’m celebrating Easter. 

(This is from my 2010 Easter sermon. To read the entire message, check out our TDF website at www.donelson.org.)

2 thoughts on “How Do Atheists Celebrate Easter?

  1. Wow, where to begin here. It’s very apparent from the beginning that you have never had a conversation with an atheist that was longer than three minutes. It’s also extremely apparent that your narrow minded approach to religion has kept you from actually learning one single thing about other faiths.
    I’m fine with religious fervor. I have great respect for people who have faith. However, sheer ignorance of a subject hurts both sides of the argument. Finding a passage with the word “life” plastered all over the page does not render an atheist hopeless or decrease his value of life. Saying that an atheist has nothing to live for is the equivalent of saying that a Christian has no purpose in life. If this is all some test from the invisible man in the sky, why would life have any value? Anything any Christian ever wanted is out of their reach. So what’s the Christian’s point in life? To get to heaven. A Christian’s life is dedicated to “being good” in order to receive a reward. If I were to sum that up as you have with atheists I would come to the conclusion that any good deed is inherently selfish. If Heaven was not the reward, would a Christian still want to do them? Of course any righteous minded person is going to say yes. So will any atheist. The tone of your post carries a connotation about atheism that a lack of religious faith means a lack of interest or caring for our fellow beings.
    This is incorrect, and frankly, ignorant. The single greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who confess Jesus with their mouths, but deny him with their lifestyles. Jesus loved outcasts. Alienating and offending a group of people is the worst way to sway their opinion, and doesn’t seem very Christ-like. You yourself, a pastor, are approaching a subject you clearly know nothing about without wanting to know what the people you are attacking believe or feel. I would never tell a Christian that I was trying to educate that they had been brainwashed their entire life. That kind of broad sweeping flash judgment would most likely not be well received.
    Please feel free to open an actual dialogue with me, and because I know you really want to, pray for me.

  2. Your tone is spiteful. Why do you think you know about something so thoroughly when you clearly hate it so much? You obviously don’t understand atheism at all, you fear it. If we are generally pre-judging people- I don’t know atheists to be wallowing in despair. You believing them to be and that being true are not the same thing.

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