It has been said one of the loneliest moments in the life of an atheist is when he finds himself feeling genuinely thankful, yet realizes he has no one to be thankful to.
Apparently atheistic writer and spokesman Christopher Hitchens had just such a moment on the mean streets of Beruit, Lebanon.
Forbes Magazine writer Lawrence Osborne relates the following incident.
Weekend In Lebanon: A Dispatch From Beirut
But later that night, three of our “scoop” brigade–Jonathan Foreman, Michael Totten and Christopher Hitchens–got involved in a street brawl with some thugs of a Syria-loving skinhead party called the SSNP after Hitchens rather gallantly insulted their swastika flag. On our way to a meeting with Minister of State Nassib Lahoud, Hitchens showed me the gashed knuckles and bruises suffered during the punch up. The attackers had apparently come out of nowhere on posh Hamra Street, where they had gone to buy shoes. “I was on the ground,” Hitchens said, “and getting it in the head.” It was a miracle they didn’t pull Kalashnikovs.
Wall Street Journal.com’s James Taranto offers this ironic observation:
Hitchens is author of the book “God Is Not Great.” If Osborne’s account is accurate, God intervened to save the hide (though presumably not the soul) of a professional atheist. The Lord does work in mysterious ways.
There is an old saying that atheism lies in the lip, not the heart of man.
And although hard bitten deniers of even the existence of God like Christopher Hitchens don’t like to admit it, they find themselves constantly borrowing from a Christian world view to find meaning in life.
Christopher Hitchens is a great example of this phenomenon.
I will openly admit Hitchens and I agree on a number of issues.
During the debate on the moral validity of Operation Iraqi Freedom, few expressed more eloquently how crucial it was to remove a horrific, brutal, Hitlerian style dictator like Sadaam Hussein from power.
And yet, Hitchens’ appeal to decency and that deposing Sadaam was “the right thing to do” only makes sense from a Judeo Christian world view.
If the atheists are right and all we are is the top of the evolutionary dog pile, who is to say that gassing your potential opponents is wrong?
If the driving mechanism that got us to where we are as a species is survival of the fittest, doesn’t that also imply the non survival of the less fit?
If we are merely the outcome of the brutal, savage struggle of nature red in fang and claw, why not toss more of our potential rivals for resources, territory and mates in the old wood chipper as Uday and Quesay Hussein were known to do?
“That is an outrage!”, sputters the atheist.
But no atheist has ever been able to tell me why that is an outrage.
That is, without borrowing a concept or two from Christianity – like the notion that human beings are valuable and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.
Oh, like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Or that kicking someone inthe head on the streets of Beruit was “wrong”.
Or that Christopher Hitchens life was spared perhaps was more than just a random outcome.
The bottom line? Many today try to deny God.
But God won’t be denied.
His truth keeps speaking to our souls.
Many angrily reject Him, but still can’t seem to erase terms like “miracle” from the back of their minds.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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