Death Looms for Atheist Christopher Hitchens

August 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM 4 comments

I want to address two things with this blog.  The first is about Christopher Hitchens and the second is about MTV’s The True Life.

Christopher Hitchens
I learned recently that outspoken atheist, Christopher Hitchens is dying of esophageal cancer.  Hitchens is remarkably realistic about it when he says that he is dying, but quickly noted that everyone is dying.  He simply is doing what he can to die like the rest of the population, naturally of old age.

In spite of the fact that he’s dying, he “still views all religions as manmade and all of its claims to divine revelation as false.” [1]

While he appreciates people praying for him, he says he is offending by those who are praying for his conversion from atheism to Christianity (or whatever religion people are from who are praying).  He indicates that he will never become religious, and if it is said after he dies that he did become religious prior to his death, it would be due to either the ravages of the illness and/or treatment, or a lie told by someone from the religious community.

The tragedy of course, is that this man, knowingly so close to death will be going into eternity and will know for certain what – if anything – is there after this life.  If the Bible is true, then Hitchens will become “religious” whether he likes it or not.

Listening to one particular debate that included Hitchens, he stated that his biggest problem with Christianity is the vicarious atonement (my paraphrase).  He had a difficulty that God would impose upon someone the concept that he must die for the sins of humanity in order to “please” or “appease” God.  I agree that this would be not only tragic, but sadistic, if it were as simple as that.

The vicarious atonement is the concept that one individual bore the sins of humanity and actually bridged the gap back to God that our sin had created.  Many to most within Christendom believe that this individual was Jesus Christ.  If Jesus was merely a human being, then the idea of God tapping Him on the shoulder and telling Him that He had been chosen to die for the sins of humanity would have likely been far more than Jesus (if He were simply and only a human being) would be able to bear.  It would be no different than God tapping any individual on the shoulder and making the request.  It would also have been extremely unfair.

For those who believe that Jesus is merely “a” god, or had somehow found a way to tap into some inner deity that He possessed from birth (as we all are said to possess), the idea of Jesus being perfect and living a fully sinless life throughout His entire life is too much to ask us to believe.  How could any one human being rise to that level.  The natural response is that no one could, without the help of God.

However, it would be far more than just “help” from God.  It would require a complete oneness with God because all people have sinned and because of that sin, all have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  2 Corinthians 5:21 states that “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  Paul states here in 2 Corinthians that Jesus knew no sin.  In other words, He spent His entire life living it without any sin at all.  How could a human being do that if “all have sinned and fallen short”?  There seems to be a contradiction here.

The contradiction exists only if Jesus is merely human.  The Scriptures tell us though that Jesus was God.  John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made,” (John 1:1-3).  In spite of the tactics that Jehovah’s Witnesses use to reword that so that it reads “and the Word was ‘a’ God,” the reality is that it is correctly translated “and the Word was God.”  John here is teaching that Jesus was and remains God, from the very start (not that God had a start).  Speaking of Jesus, God the Son, Paul states in his letter to the Colossians 1:15-17, “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

People get confused by the words “who is the image of the invisible God” as if the word “image” here only means reflection.  It means far more than reflection.  Jesus is God in bodily form and He is what people have seen in the past and will see again.

Why am I telling you all of this?  To point out that God did not simply pick some hapless human being out of the lineup as it were and appoint him or her as the link between God and man.  He counseled with Himself – the three Persons of the Godhead – before time began that this is what HE would do.  He saw that humanity would sin.  He saw that Satan as Lucifer would sin before that.  He saw it all and yet went ahead with it.  He had preplanned to send His Son, the second Person of the Godhead, to be born of a woman because she would be overshadowed with the Holy Spirit and impregnated.  In the process, the sin nature that is normally passed down from the father, did not touch Jesus as He grew in her womb.  Born sinless, He remained sinless throughout His entire life.

In other words, God knew that the problem of sin would enter the world.  He also knew what it would take to satisfy absolute justice because He is just and can accept nothing less.  Because He is just, He HIMSELF opted to become the one who was to die for humanity in order that some would find their way back to God.  It is really very simple, if you stop to consider it.  God knew that the penalty of sin is death.  That is the natural outcome.  He also knew that the predicament could be fixed if someone perfect – who had never sinned – opted to die in humanity’s place.  If this were to happen, justice would be satisfied.

From that point on, the way for humanity’s walk back to God was reopened.  What must be done?  Believing.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed,” (Romans 10:9-11).

So to Christopher Hitchens, I hope you have a change of heart.  I’m sure this has been explained to you too many times for you to count, but it is likely too preposterous for you to believe.  It is probably easier for you believe that aliens exist, than a God who loves so much that He willingly gave Himself to die a sinless and bloody death on Calvary’s cross for you…and me.

The sad fact is that if this is true, what you will encounter after death will be nothing less than horrific.  No amount of wise-cracking, intelligence, intellectualism, or anything else will save you from it.  The worst part is that you will know.  You will then have experiential knowledge of God and as the writer to the Hebrews says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31).  The word “fearful” should be translated with something that packs more punch, as it does in the Greek.  Terrible, horrible, or something along those lines brings us closer to the original meaning.

Leaving this life without a loving God will place us directly in the hands of an angry God, which will do nothing except strike abject horror in the hearts of those who do not know Him.  Hitchens knows this in his heart, or he used to, but over time, he has massaged his ego, and ignored his conscience until his conscience no longer makes a peep.  It is sadly tragic and when I consider what Hitchens is heading into, I shudder.  I just shudder.  While we have breath it is never too late to address our own lostness before God.  While we have a beating heart, it is never too late to receive salvation from the very hand of God.  While our eyes remain open, we may yet see the truth of Jesus Christ.  Christopher Hitchens, may you, in your last days, allow God to open your eyes to His truth so that you will see that truth and embrace it.

MTV’s True Life
I was eating lunch today and flipping through channels trying to find some news station that would present news, unadulterated, unbiased, news that matters.  I found nothing.

The Situation Room was filled with three individuals who seemed to be tripping over one another trying to impress the audience with how much they know about politics and what Obama needs to do for the Democrats to win this coming November.  The weather channel provided nothing except a green screen map of the U.S. with a meteorologist weaving from one side to the other in some type of ballet, while spouting about weather patterns and the highs and lows.  Neither CNN or Headline News really had anything worthy of note and there was not even a good “Cops” show on, so I played a game of seeing how many times I could flip through all the channels before I finished my second hot dog.

Interestingly enough, I came across a show that read essentially, “True Life – Newlyweds” and the description was something like, “Couples get married who have never lived together.”  At first I thought it was a joke, then I looked again and realized it was actually a reality show broadcast by MTV.  What I came to realize is that apparently this whole concept of people getting married before they live together is unheard of anymore and because it is so outmoded, a reality show about it is just the ticket!

I have never seen the show, and admittedly I did not watch the episode I’m highlighting.  Maybe I should have, but it seemed to me that it would be what it was advertised to be.  I did some checking and found that MTV produces this show as a type of reality show, not merely covering marriage-related subjects, but virtually any subject.  Some of the titles include:

  • I’m Happy to be Fat
  • I’m Getting Out of Prison
  • I Need Anger Management
  • I’m Coming to America
  • I Have a Husband in Iraq
  • I Work in the Sex Industry
  • I’m a Compulsive Shopper
  • I Don’t Trust My Partner

The above are merely a splash in the bucket.  Is it really that odd to highlight a couple who are going to get married, but do not live together?  I guess for the world as a whole it is, but not from within my circle of friends.

Recently, I had the privilege of giving my daughter away to a Christian man.  It was easier than I thought it would be largely because we are so comfortable with the man she married, who is a Christian, whose parents are Christian, and whose grandparents are Christian.  I also took the time to notice my daughter and how much she literally glowed prior to and certainly the day of the wedding.

The other thing both my wife and I noticed was how much our daughter and her new husband did not want to be apart at the reception.  They were around one another, not like some couples who seem to go through the wedding as if it’s just another bit of business.  For my daughter and her husband, they did not live together prior to marrying.  It was something they looked forward to once they became married, but they were certainly willing to wait until marriage to begin that process.  They wanted to honor the Lord and I believe that they both did that throughout their courtship and on the day of their wedding as well.

I have seen my daughter begin to settle into married life and she seems very happy.  It’s new to her of course, and to her husband, but like all of us who believe in the sanctity of marriage, it is an important step.  I’m happy for my daughter and I’m happy that she is so happy.  She loves her husband and it is obvious that he loves her.

People who live together outside of marriage ruin the experience of marriage, in my opinion.  While some will say “Look, it’s only a piece of paper,” the truth of the matter is that the “piece of paper” represents a contract.  If you are a Christian, it is a contract in the sight of God that you will remain married until one of you dies.  Without that paper, and without taking the terms of that paper seriously, there is no reason to remain together when things get tough.

I guess I should not be surprised that the world finds it odd that two people who are going to marry do not live together.  That seems to be the implication of the MTV show – “it’s weird, so we’re highlighting it!”  What’s weird is that by today’s standards, it IS strange; however, it is NOT strange to God.  It is not something that He finds weird enough to change.

Marriage should be for keeps.  That’s the way it was designed.  Marriage should be experienced after the ceremony, not before and living together is one of the tremendous benefits of being married.

This world is amazing because of how strange things seem to be getting.  Christians can certainly expect more of the same and for things to get much weirder before they get better!


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  • 1. amc  |  August 24, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    Christ’s divinity isn’t reliant on one solitary text. That fact can be found throughout the Bible. Good luck to them plugging all those holes.

    BTW, Modres, I’ve noticed an increase in universalism and annihilation being taught on the internet promulgated via various blogs. Have you noticed the same thing?

    One particular site – which I won’t mention -has been actively teaching these tenets.

    I had a link pointing to a friend’s blog on my own blog and noticed he was now pushing this site and its teachings. I decided to remove the link.


    • 2. modres  |  August 24, 2010 at 9:24 AM

      You’re right, AMC. The book that the poster spoke of claims to deal with ALL the verses referencing the Trinity and Christ’s deity, etc. It’s foolhardy though since the claims of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been more than adequately been answered for years.

      I have noticed an increase in annihilation, but only a slight elevation in universalism. Too many people who do not like the idea of eternal punishment, believing that God is love and therefore would never act in such a “capricious” manner, prefer to believe that God will simply destroy (annihilate) individuals. Of course, that goes against what is taught in the Bible and by Jesus Himself, but many of these individuals simply discount aspects of Scripture because it’s easier than trying to prove it to be incorrect when it’s not.

      I don’t blame you for removing the link. The “falling away” continues to expand.


  • 3. JohnOneOne  |  August 23, 2010 at 11:12 PM

    Regarding Jehovah’s Witnesses’ “New World Translation” Bible and its rendering of John 1:1, it may interest you to know that there is soon to be published an 18+ year study (as of 08/2010) in support and explanation of their wording of this verse entitled, “What About John 1:1?”

    Agape, JohnOneOne.


    • 4. modres  |  August 23, 2010 at 11:27 PM

      An 18+ year study? That’s ridiculous. No one needs 18 years to study one verse, but leave it to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

      The truth of the matter is that Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and other relatively new religious groups have interesting histories.

      The reality is simple here for you. You say – as a Jehovah’s Witness that God is NOT a trinity, correct? But you also say that Jesus is “A” god, correct?

      The simple fact is that you are a polytheist, because while you are trying your hardest to disprove the Trinity, you wind up proving that you believe Jesus was A god, while the Father is THE God. It is pure polytheism.

      The orthodox Christian view is that God is three Persons in One. Because you have a difficult time wrapping your brain around it, you do not believe it can be genuine.

      Either Jesus Christ IS God, or He is nothing but a human being and NOT God. If He is NOT God (definite article), then the problem lies with Jehovah’s Witnesses, who admit that God is God, and Jesus is A god – polytheism.

      I’ll have to look it up in my resource library, but I find it interesting that on the witness stand years ago, the “translators” of the Watchtower version of the Bible admitted to a judge and jury that they could neither read or write Hebrew or Greek. I find that amazing, don’t you? Yet, they were able to somehow translate the entire Bible into English from Hebrew and Greek (not to mention Aramaic in a few places) with no knowledge of Hebrew or Greek.

      Look, do the research, and stop focusing on minutiae surrounding one particular doctrine because you lose sight of the whole. If you are wrong, you have lost your soul and you are pinning your hopes on the errant New World Translation and the man-made doctrines by people like Charles Taze Russell. You owe it to yourself to determine what the truth of the matter is and you cannot simply rely on the individuals who have come before you.

      I removed the link you provided. I’m not in the habit of highlighting books from cults or groups that I do not believe have a solid Scriptural foundation on my own blog – sorry.


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