I’ve heard it said many times before that even non-believers of the after-life have a need to hold on to something that’s essentially eternal. There is a timeless craving in the conscience of man in which the atheistic worldview fails to satisfy. Look how desperately naturalism grasps for straw as it attempts to paint a picture of a sophisticated physicist trying to rationalize death at a funeral in order provide comfort to those mourning and to satisfy the human longing of an after-life. How? Simply by disguising it as nothing else but “less-orderly conserved energy” that remains not only with, but all around us.
The fact is if those who attempt to embrace such a worldview are consistent, they have to admit that we’re simply stardust in the universe with no meaning to begin with. So, it follows logically that this pseudo-rationale of death in the non-believer’s worldview is meaningless and pointless to express… yet here we are. If the atheistic-naturalist worldview were true, we humans would have just as much meaning as a piece of rubble, a fellow stardust member of the universe, in a deserted wasteland. Despite the contradiction, the sophisticated physicist not only assumes meaning to life, but also to the point of death and after in this speech below:
“You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy is created in the universe and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, ever vibration, every BTU of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid the energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got. And at one point, you’d hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off you like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever. And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue in the heat of our own lives. And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy is still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone. You’re just less orderly. Amen.”
I’m amazed at how far some atheists have gone in attempt to replace the desire of knowing the eternal mysteries of God. You see atheists creating their own churches, writing books on spirituality despite claiming to be naturalists, romanticizing and flirting with the idea of being one with the universe to now rationalizing death in an everlasting fashion in order to provide comfort and relief in the house of mourning. It’s moments like these when I sit back and contemplate on the truthfulness and validation of Scripture in regards to those who deny the self-evident.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-21)
As a Christian, you must know this. No matter how beautiful they try to portray their worldview, know that they must have a standard for beauty or truth to begin with, which cannot be found in their worldview – they will need to borrow from yours. No matter how rational they try to prove their worldview to be, know that they must have a standard or absolute for logic to begin with, which cannot be accounted for in their worldview – they will need to borrow from yours. The non-Christian worldview falls apart at a fundamental level – it will not because it cannot make sense of human experience or reality consistently, including the blessing of life and the tragedy of death.
Let’s prayerfully and humbly demonstrate their need for God. After all, what a relief it would be for them to finally know that there is an eternity that awaits them, so there will be no need to invite a physicist to speak at your funeral… We only hope and pray they will stand side-by-side with those who will be declared justified and righteous due to the person and finished work of Christ. Amen.