Never has a more vain and vacuous statement been uttered than “God does not exist.” Yet, these and similar empty, egotistical words have been expressed with increasing frequency in recent times. From Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion (2006) to Christopher Hitchens’ god Is Not Great(2007), Satan has used some of the most popular works in the world (New York Times bestsellers) to deceive millions. More recently, the world-renowned atheistic cosmologist Stephen Hawking was given an entire hour on Discovery Channel’s new “Curiosity” series to allege that God did not create the Universe. He concluded the pilot episode (titled “Did God Create the Universe?”) with the following words:
We are each free to believe what we want, and it’s my view that the simplest explanation is there is no God. No one created the Universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization. There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the Universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful (“Curiosity,” 2011, emp. added).
Sadly, these kinds of “profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Timothy 6:20; cf. 2 Timothy 2:16) have had an extremely negative impact on America.
Three extensive surveys over the past 20 years have revealed that a growing number of Americans are becoming less and less religious. In 1990, 8.2% of Americans claimed to be non-religious, most notably agnostics and atheists (Kosmin, 1991). In 2001, that number had jumped to 14.1% (Kosmin, et al., 2001), and by 2008 it had reached 15% (Kosmin and Keysar, 2009). The percentage of non-religious Americans has almost doubled in two decades. Whereas in 1990, one out of every 12 Americans claimed to be non-religious, today nearly one out of every six Americans claims no religious affiliation. [NOTE: The percentage of non-religious individuals would be even higher were it not for the many millions of Catholic Hispanics who have migrated to the United States over the past two decades.]….
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