Ever wonder what happens to an atheist after they die? Well, there are two distinct possibilities. The first is: absolutely nothing. That is what happens if their belief turns out to be right. Most atheists do not believe in anything supernatural, just what they can see and feel. No God, no creation, no afterlife. So they assume that when they die it’s all over. Their consciousness is snuffed out, a concept known in theology as annihilation. So there can never come a moment when they have the satisfaction of finding out that their belief turned out to be right.
The other possibility is that they discover their belief was wrong. This is where it gets interesting. This cannot be a good moment for an atheist. Now some of them do acknowledge that there might be some kind of continued spiritual existence beyond this life, as a way to explain paranormal phenomenon such as ghost sightings. However they refuse to believe in God or the Bible or creation for various reasons. (Atheists are typically rather vehement in their denial of God.)
Therefore if the Bible turns out to be true, dying is going to be a rude awakening for atheists. A gigantic oops! Now Papa Riah does not endorse any particular religious belief, nor does he belong to any particular theological camp. I’m just a guy who is completely detached from everything and happens to be blessed with a keen sense of unbiased observation. So I’m not religious, nor am I an atheist. That may sound like a contradiction to some people, but it’s really not. I am a smart gambler and have my bets hedged. If the Bible turns out to be true I’ll be in fine shape. If atheists turn out be right I have nothing to worry about either.
The thing that really bothers me about some atheists is their willingness to argue their point of view. This makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. I can’t understand the motivation behind it. What is the point of trying to convince somebody else that there is no God and existence ends at death? That just seems like a complete waste of energy to me. If you are right it doesn’t matter what anybody believes. But if you are wrong the stakes are enormous.
Since there is no possible upside to your belief and a huge possible downside, why in the world would you spend an ounce of effort attempting to recruit others into this dangerous position? Does it make you feel better to think that if you are wrong you won’t be going down alone? There is no need to be concerned about that! In fact if the Bible turns out to be true there will be plenty of religious people in hell.
Ask an atheist how we all got here, that is to explain existence itself, and they will usually give you the explanation that everything happened by an incredible series of coincidental accidents. The protein cell, the DNA cell, the fact that if the earth were 5 miles closer to the sun we would all burn to death in 8 minutes and if the earth were 5 miles further from the sun we would all freeze to death in 8 minutes - all just random chance. Our ancestors crawled out of the sea and this chain of accidents eventually led to us hitting golf balls on the moon. It all started with a big explosion a long time ago - however they can’t tell you where the combustible material for that explosion came from.
Perhaps I sound a bit hypocritical to you. Perhaps you think that not being an atheist just to have my bets hedged is an insincere stance on the issue and therefore doesn’t count somehow. Don’t worry about me; I have that handled as well. Just to make sure I have everything covered, I have taken a sincere position on the Bible in order to hedge my bets. According to the Bible the reason you believe doesn’t matter, as long as you truly believe. Not being an atheist because it’s a stupid gamble is apparently an acceptable line of reasoning to God. Perhaps that’s why the wisest (and richest) man to ever live said The fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom.
If you insist on arguing with an atheist, they will probably ask you Why the Bible? Why not some other religion? What makes that the thing I should go with? Trust me, if I needed to hedge my bets with any of the other world’s religions I would. But as it turns out, there are only two other types of religions - those that were invented centuries after the Bible was completed in an obvious attempt to directly contradict it, and ones that do not claim to be a communication from God at all.
Read my post on What Different Religions Believe for a breakdown. When you really start researching and studying this subject, it becomes obvious that it’s either atheism or the Bible that is going to end up being true. If there is no God and no Heaven then nothing really matters. But if there is a God and a Heaven then that’s the only thing that matters. Why risk everything you own on a bet that can lose and not win anything?