The other night I was watching a program on TV called: Expedition Unknown. Josh Gates is a guy who travels all over the world to investigate different things. In one episode, he tries to find out what happened to the ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore in the Wizard of Oz, which had been stolen from a museum. In another, he travels to Argentina, to look for proof that Adolph Hitler lived there for a while after faking his own death.
The episode I watched was about the afterlife; what happens when we die. Josh interviewed a lot of people in order to get different perspectives. One of the people he spoke with was Penn Jillette, a magician and staunch atheist. Josh asked Penn about his beliefs. Penn believes that when we die, we just cease to exist. That we only live on through the memories of others and through our DNA if we have children. He said it will be like it was in 1910, meaning, we didn’t exist then and we won’t exist after we die. He goes on to talk about his mother who died a slow and painful death. He remembers sitting there, holding her hand and thinking: if he believed in a god, he would be enraged at this god for allowing suffering. By focusing too much on the afterlife, Penn said it’s possible to miss the little things in life. In other words, he believes this life is all he has. He ends the short interview by saying that there is much solace in atheism. Yet, he looks anything but peaceful. There is no light in his eyes.
Atheism is without hope. It believes in nothing but in one’s self. To believe we are here for no reason or just a product of happenstance and that when we die that’s the end; we are no more. Where is there any solace in that?
God’s word says: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
We who are Christians have an eternal blessed hope in Christ. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. We live on after this life. Forever.