Dearly beloved friends,
Cordial greetings and a very good day. Here are some further thoughts for your perusal, as regards our mission to Atheists.
Atheism is found chiefly among men who find the belief in a Personal God an irksome check on the indulgence of their passions and students of physical science who, from too intense concentration on their own particular line of work, which is concerned exclusively with material things, sadly come to doubt all that is spiritual or moral - everything in fact, save those things which the tests of the laboratory can be applied.
In addition to bringing men’s notice to the undeniable civilising influence of Christianity and the hostility against the Church (men naturally hate anything that shames them), it should be observed that Atheism is actually contrary to the well-being and nature of man.
Society is necessary for man, because it is only as a member of society that man can attain to the normal development of his faculties; and society can have no stable and happy existence unless its members observe the moral law. Now the moral law requires justice and kindness in those that govern and a willing obedience and loyalty in their citizens. It forbids murder, lying, fraud and every kind of wicked desire/vice. It unites a husband and wife in lifelong wedlock and it binds the family together and ensures the proper rearing of children. That society is necessary for man and that its success is dependent upon the observance of the moral law - these are truths which no sane man would seriously stop to deny. They emerge naturally out of reason and cannot be rejected unless a man surrenders all trust in human intelligence and confesses that the discovery of truth is impossible. However, for the mass of mankind, observance of moral law, certainly over any great stretch of time, is quite impossible, unless, that is, there is belief in a Personal God - All powerful, All-knowing, who will reward the good and punish the wicked. Belief in a Personal God, therefore, dear friends, is a demand of our very reason and nature and must be true. “If God does not exist, everything is permitted” (Dostoievsky, The Brothers Karamazov, Bk. 5).
If it be objected that in many countries today large sections of the population either deny or ignore the existence of God, and yet are generally well-behaved, I would say by way of reply that these are people whose good habits that have been derived from believing parents or at least from the Christian consciousness, even if they are unaware of that or flatly deny it. However, the momentum of Christianity by which they are now being carried along will inevitably exhaust itself, if not in this generation then certainly in some future one. Many Atheists are unaware that today we are largely living on the spiritual capital of the past, but it will not last forever and is even now rapidly diminishing. Moreover, Atheism, which removes the only effective check on sin and wrongdoing, will inevitably lead to moral degradation and the destruction of human society. To this extent one could rightly say that Atheism is man’s greatest enemy. Amid the spiral of crime, corruption, violence, decadence, scandals, greed and unprecedented family breakdown since the permissive revolution of the Sixties, who can honestly deny that this is the case?
Warmest good wishes,