Just the Product of Change?

“If Christ is not raised, your faith is vain; you are still in your sins.”

— 1 Corinthians 15:17

Are we just random accidents, with no future hope beyond the grave? Evolutionists essentially believe we are. Listen to what British atheist Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) said in his book, Why I Am Not a Christian: “…man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving…” Evolution says we’re here by accident.

Continues Russell: “…his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; …no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave…” The grave stops it all.

Death not only overtakes us all, but everything else, too, says Russell: “… all of the labour of the ages, all of the devotion, all of the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins…”

He concludes, “Only within the scaffolding of these truths, and on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.” Begin with the premise that life is meaningless and then you can build meaning into it, says Russell. What a phrase, “the firm foundation of unyielding despair.” What a contrast God gives us in His Word—we have a firm foundation of truth because Jesus definitely rose from the dead.

O Lord, give us hearts of compassion for those around us whose lives have no meaning and no purpose and no Savior. Help us to be shining lights in their darkness. May the light from the empty tomb dispel the darkness…