I do not understand neither do I comprehend the real purpose of atheists' ads that are expected to arrive in Toronto and displayed on the public buses.
As there are religious fanatics who believe that heaven is only reserved for them and everyone else is bound to hell, there are also hardcore fanatics in atheism who try to put their ideology into people's throats by any means necessary.
They do so by attacking believing men and women in coordinating such 'pre-emptive' adds on buses hoping to win converts down the road and create doubts about the existence of God.
Their main message as it had recently appeared on the London Buses is, 'there is probably no God. Now stop worrying and start living."
I wonder whether they have carefully considered the other side of the coin of whether there is probably God out there who is in charge and in control of everything.
The word "probably" in their statement shows that they do not stand on a firm ground and their denial of God is only based on probability.
As they assume that there is probably no God, they should also consider it otherwise.
I cannot understand why they had put enjoyment of life and happiness as something that only comes to a person when he does not believe in God.
People who believe in the Creator do indeed enjoy their lives and have a much meaningful life than their counterparts.
I am a faithful person who believes in the Almighty. This does not mean that I am worried at all times and live in misery as their ads stipulate.
I enjoy my life to the fullest and do whatever an atheist might do in having fun under the sun.
Aside from having fun, I also conduct myself according to the teachings of my faith in doing what is right, loving my neighbour as my faith commands me to do, helping the orphan and the needy as my religion urges me to do and avoiding what is harmful to me and to the society at large.
On the contrary, a person who does not believe in a just higher being is the one who lives in worries and enjoys an empty and meaningless life that has no real purpose.
He does not have any aim in life, nor does he have real answers as to why we are created, who had put us on earth, where are we going next and what will happen to the person who has been wronged and victimized on earth.
To the believing men and women, the wronged person will see justice at some point in his life or in the next.
To the atheist, however, such a person is out lack as there is no such thing as order and justice on earth and everything including humans are in a total sham and chaos.
The stronger eats the weaker and the powerful rules the day and there is no tomorrow to worry about.
The atheists have failed already in convincing me about the existence of God even before their ads are displayed on the public transportation.
They do not have a convincing product to sell. I would only lose if I take a chance to abandon my faith and get on their station wagon.
What about if I buy their argument and later on find out that, God does indeed exist. I would lose.
On the other hand, if the atheists join hands with me and believe in the Creator, they would have nothing to lose. If the Almighty exist, they would win and even if He does not exist, they would have nothing to lose.
Therefore, I wish they had changed their ads into urging people not to take the chance of rejecting God, as they would lose in the end if they were wrong.
They should try to sell something that has a lot of probability and assurance of winning rather than the opposite.
An atheist might try to make us believe that we as complex creatures have come into being by a mere chance. On the other hand, if you tell them that the CN Tower or an airplane has been found by chance, the atheist will consider you insane.
How such a highly sophisticated structure could come to exist by chance, the atheist will argue.
There must be an intelligence force behind it and who has managed to put it together and create it with wisdom, accuracy, knowledge and superior intuitiveness.
Nevertheless, according to hi, it is possible for the human being who is much complicated and sophisticated than an airplane to come from nowhere.
Despite to the blood that has been shed by some fanatics in the name of religion, people without religion would have acted worse because they would have no purpose in life and no boundaries and teachings to adhere to.
The sky would have been the limit as to what they could have done in fulfilling their desires and whims.
Religion puts prospective into a person and gives him a sense of direction and belonging. It trains him throughout his life into becoming a more humble and balanced being who knows that there is someone above watching him at all times and everything he does will be held accountable for.
Faith transforms a human being and elevates him into a higher level of spirituality until he eventually makes peace with everything he comes in contact with - peace with the Creator, peace with fellow humans, peace with the environment and peace with all other beings.
Religion also put boundaries as to what a person can and cannot do. It stops man from crossing such boundaries and transgress against others.
It also teaches a person to help others, forgive those who have wronged him, establish justice and be good to others whether he knows them or not.
It also teaches the faithful to be tolerant to those who might see things differently as everyone is being created by the same God anyway.
Having said that, there are indeed extremists who have gone wild with their belief system in considering that anyone who holds a different opinion to be an infidel who deserves to die.
All religions have these mad men in their midst who consider themselves as divine and everyone else as devils.
The same can be said with atheists who have gone wild in trying to spread their belief system by advertising their ideologies on buses and influence others with their way of thinking.
This extreme phenomenon should not distract us from the countless benefits religion has had on humanity throughout history.
Atheists should ask themselves whether the world would have been a peaceful place had mankind never knew religion.
I strongly believe that mankind would have been in a much disastrous shape had he not have any religion to keep him intact in making him behave.
He would have acted worse than animals in killing one another and destroying earth and whatever it contains therein.
Although there are many religious beliefs on earth, all falls into the same universal divine messages that promote tolerance, justice, respect and loving one another.
When humans abandon religion and forget who they are, they commit atrocities and mischief on earth. They don't care about the poor and everyone lives for himself. Abandoning faith lead people to act worse than animals.
This is exactly our planet is currently suffering from wars, starvation, global warming, ozone depletion, and now the economy crisis. All this is due to the human neglecting the higher being and transgressing on earth and acting wildly and savagely.
Instead of asking people to abandon God, atheists should have done the opposite by reminding humans of whom they are and their need to humble themselves and recognize God, with humility and respect.
They should have put ads that read, "O Human! Beware of God who has created you and do not transgress on earth as you have already done so."
Abubakar N. Kasim is a freelance writer based in Toronto.
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