March 29, 2012

Happy Atheist Day, Dr. Clay Nuttall

I am sure you know this title is a tongue and cheek statement. On the other hand you may not have heard of National Atheist Day. I have no way of knowing if the following really happened, but it should have. For now we will just accept it as a story that someone made up.


In Florida, an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days. The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring, “Case dismissed!"

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, “Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.” The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.” The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.” The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.”


There can be little doubt that we have become a nation with a majority of fools. I understand that most of them would not claim they are atheists but even this rabble category is growing. The fact is that most of the people we know live like there is no God. That makes them “practical atheists”. From that perspective a majority of the people in our country are atheists.

It is very easy to confirm this argument, just listen to the media, entertainment crowd, business community, academia, religion, the courts and government. Almost every conversation and report makes it clear that man has become the god of our society. Not only has human reason become the authority of our culture, but it has invaded the churches. The theology of man is not only prominent, it is the standard and it will not tolerate the voice of those who are truly biblical Christians. Real truth as defined by the sovereign creator is ridiculed and shouted down in every venue. The only arguments that are given any value are those from the atheist majority, who have chosen finite man to be their god.


There are several reasons why the practical and stated atheists have won the day but the number one culprit is state education. It is also where their victory is most evident. Any cursory study of these schools at every level of education produces an irrefutable illustration of the problem. While academia touts its open mind and ability to think critically the evidence is against them. There is no room or tolerance for anything that flows from the true God.

Before you get all bent out of shape, I am fully aware of and thankful for, the tiny minority of believers in that system who try their best to be faithful to the eternal infinite God. Every little victory has worth but we have lost the battle and it is time to admit it. The atheist (man is god) theology is taught every day in the majority of the classrooms. There is no room in the majority of these educational settings for prayer, the bible and the real God. Falsehoods like evolution, Mother Nature and psychobabble are the rule of the day. The religion and theology of the atheist is freely taught and it has been successful.


The rise and great growth of this false religion has been made possible by the wrongful use of tax dollars. Biblical Christians have been forced to pay for the dissemination of this sad farce and the teaching of other religious beliefs. These Philistine schools have taught the children of true faith to think like worldlings. The majority of the teachers in the state system are dead spiritually and incapable of communicating what God wants His children to know. God specifically prohibits the taking of advice from those who are spiritually and morally deficient. (Psalm 1).

The arguments of believers here are a sure sign that the dominant atheist religion has reached deep into our own Christian community. Some believers argue that these unbelievers are intellectual and smart. Of course they are intellectuals, but they are intellectual pagans. Other believers argue that in secular things it doesn’t matter who does the teaching and here you have another answer. For the believer, there is nothing that is not sacred. For us every thought is sacred before God (1 Cor. 10:5). This is what I meant by people in our crowd who have been taught to use human reason as the final authority rather than the Word of God. Why not admit it, they are the majority and most of us don’t even know why we lost. So “Happy Atheist Day” to you.

Shepherd’s Staff is prepared by Clay Nuttall, D.Min

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  1. This true & revealing statement has been said by many: "I don't have enough faith to be an Atheist."

    Atheism is a willful defiance against the truth that is plainly evident. The Atheist is so committed do his denial of God that he willingly accepts endless violations of established, verified, and valid physical, chemical, and logical laws.

    The Church which is His Body is failing in holding these people to account for their lack of reason.


  2. Kev: 

    Good to hear from you again. Sad commentary isn’t it? I always look to the Word of God for understanding of the atheist, atheism.

    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good,” (Psalm 14:1).

    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened,” (Romans 1:21)

    When I do meet a self-described atheist I always ask him/her, “When did you decide to become an atheist?” 

Without exception they can point to an event, and/or point in time. The goal is to let them see they made a decision to reject the living God that in their heart he/she knew as real. I find that the place to hone in on and begin to teach.

    Of course, only the Word of God can do the convincing and convicting (John 16:7-11). So, with His Word I let Him do the work. They may have rejected Him, but he IS God and will accomplish that which He wills with and where His Word is sown.

 (Isaiah 55:11).