After years of battling for the removal of Ten Commandment Monuments in free speech zones around the United States, the American Atheists seem to have decided, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
They recently unveiled a monument to unbelief in front of the courthouse in Bradford County, Florida. According to David Silverman, president of American Atheists, this is the first of fifty monuments planned for locations around the United States. When a protester at the unveiling proclaimed Jesus is real, an atheist supporter declared religion is a fairytale.
What the American Atheists don’t realize is that their monument to unbelief actually validates the very thing they deny: the existence of God. From their perspective, God is no more real than Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, or the Tooth Fairy. But we don’t see atheists erecting monuments denouncing these make-believe characters or fairy tales such as Cinderella or Snow White.
If God is nothing more than a fabrication, why expend so much time, energy, and money trying to prove His non-existence? Perhaps – just perhaps – God isn’t the figment of imagination atheists claim He is. I’m reminded of the classic line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” GoEnglish.com notes, “To ‘protest too much’ is to insist so passionately about something not being true that people suspect the opposite of what you are saying.”
The psalmist wrote, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God’” (Psalm 14:1 NIV). There will come a time when everyone will know with absolute certainty that God is indeed who He declared Himself to be.
The American Atheists are on a mission (no pun intended) to prove God does not exist. My prayer is that, one by one, each member of their group will come to realize that simply declaring something to be true does not make it so.
As someone once noted, eternity is too long to be wrong.