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June 29, 2021
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last several years, you know that atheism seems to be on the march. So, naturally, I wasn’t surprised when over a thousand atheists rushed to IMDb in 2016 to give a film I’d released, The Atheist Delusion, a one-star or “awful” rating.
When we made the film, I had a feeling I’d stir up anger, because that’s what happens when someone has no comeback. Ad hominem attacks are almost always the result of a lack of evidence. In just over a week, it had nearly half a million YouTube views—with a massive 26,000 comments, most of which were nasty.
I made the film for those who have been told that the existence of God is just a matter of blind faith. We wanted to show that there is irrefutable scientific evidence for His existence, which we get at by asking one scientific question that shows the unscientific nature of what atheists believe.
“It is utterly impossible for DNA to have made itself. There had to be an intelligent mind behind it.”
The Illogical Nature of Atheism
Early in 2016, I went to a local college to make a short film promoting my book Made in Heaven for a publisher. I was filming an atheist named Adam when I asked one question that I’d never asked anyone before. While he was looking at the book, I asked him if he thought it could have made itself. Could ink have fallen from the sky and formed itself into coherent sentences with periods and commas and capitals? Could more ink fall onto the pages and form itself into sequential numbers for the page numbers?
He said it was impossible. I then talked about how DNA is called a “book” by scientists. DNA is full of information on how to make eyes that can see, ears that can hear, hair, skin, blood, bones, a heart, and a personality. I reminded him that the “book” of his DNA contained everything about him from the moment he was conceived. And it wasn’t just information about him. Every living thing on earth has DNA, from animals to trees.
When I asked him for his thoughts on the intelligence of someone who could believe that a book could make itself, we agreed that such a person would be insane. Then I asked for the mental capacity of someone who believed that the book of DNA made itself. Adam was speechless. It was obvious that he suddenly saw the illogical nature of atheism.
It is utterly impossible for DNA to have made itself. There had to be an intelligent mind behind it. I decided to conduct more interviews with self-professed atheists, and I was pleasantly surprised when many of them also had changes of heart when presented with evidence. And I kept the camera rolling for all of it.
Atheism and Suicide
One of the most moving parts of the film is when an atheist said that he was seriously considering suicide. When I pleaded with him not to do it, he said that he had no reason to live anymore. I told him that he only believed that because he was an atheist.
According the New York Times, suicide rates are skyrocketing. In the last decade, we have also seen a revival in atheism. I don’t know if there’s a correlation between the two, but I do know that it makes practical sense for an atheist to end his life when things get tough. He has no idea of his origin. Neither does he have any reason for his existence. He is told that he is nothing more than an animal and that death is the end. Life is survival of the fittest, and if he is no longer fit to survive, why not end this meaningless existence when problems become unbearable?
More Open-Minded Than We Thought
As a believer in the existence of God, I’m convinced that every human being, including my friend the atheist, has great worth and was created by God in His image—with an intuitive knowledge of right and wrong and a unique sense of justice. While it may be true that Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the other atheist leaders believe that we are all here by happenstance, my film shows that their disciples are far more open-minded. When they are able to escape from the trance-like state induced by the cult of atheism and its leaders, they are actually remarkably open-minded and able to be reasoned with, open to new information and new ways of looking at things. This gives me great hope for our future.