The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. – Psalm 14:1
In one sense, the atheist denies the reality of the Lord God on high, that particular God of the Bible, manifest in the man Christ Jesus. In another sense, atheism denies that there are no gods at all, no persons that man is bound to worship. They deny that man naturally worships something.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is working to post billboards throughout Sacramento, California promoting an atheist message throughout Christmas to counter the spiritual tone of the season.
Atheism does not seem understand its own contradiction. They fancy themselves as a group that is devoid of worship. Yet, they do still worship. The billboard says, “believe in humanity, not god.” Belief here means more than simply an intellectual assent, as if they encouraging the reader to accept the reality of humanity’s existence. Rather they are talking of faith, that state of committed belief that Christians often talk about.
Yet, humanity and god as terms are used in a sense as if they were mindless, impersonal forces, like George Lucas’ fabled Force. However, humanity is made up of millions of individual men, each with his own will. So, in practical terms, to believe in humanity is to have a committed belief, what a man calls faith, in millions of men. This makes each man an individual god, worshiped by his fellow gods, and each god worshiping himself.
Even though the atheist desires to escape worship, he inevitably worships the man closest to him, his self, and every other man on the planet, in the name of humanity. But, that is not atheism, that is paganism.