Recently I got into a mild debate on my twitter page with a user who goes by the moniker ‘Love An Atheist’. The blurb about the user states:
“FOUNDER of The Love an ATHEIST Movement. Apologetic Ambassador for Jesus. Ending Religion-Produced Fallacy. We are a becoming a non-profit organization for you.”
Apologetic Ambassador for Jesus? We are a becoming a non-profit? Curious, I thought, so I clicked over to their web page to further investigate.
Immediately there is an option to take a survey which asks numerous questions relating to why you’re an atheist. The owner of the site, who identifies herself as Marciela Flores, has made it her mission in life to bring the love of Christ to atheists. She explains the dark place her life started and how it was only though the redeeming love of Jesus that she found peace and happiness.
She also states, interestingly, “Everybody has one life, and anybody with curiosity is going to seek answers to the unknown. Some people will make a decision prematurely, but the strongest in wisdom will continue seeking answers until they have a full knowledge for the ultimate reason of life.”
What I find so incredible about this statement is the majority of atheists who were previously religious had left religion specifically because they started asking uncomfortable questions about the reason for life. The Creationism model is intellectually unsatisfying and the “love is Jesus” is just as much as a myth. I told Ms. Flores that telling an atheist Christ loves them is about as effective as a hippie telling you they’re hugging your aura. It’s not that I don’t appreciate her optimism, or how a personal relationship with Christ has helped her carry a pocket full of sunshine.
I guess I don’t understand why she seems to convinced atheists are miserable and unsatisfied. The atheists I know are some of the happiest people alive, because they’re truly enjoying this one life we have and not lying to themselves about there being something “better” waiting in the cosmos after we check out. Is love a wonderful thing? Yes. But its not necessary to love a 2000 year old magic jew to experience real love and share it with others.
I encourage anyone with the time to fill out the poll and test Ms. Flores’ insistence that any atheist can find comfort in the teaching of Christ.
If she wants a challenge, we can bring it.