One of the things that we’ve talked about so much is how the atheist mindset is so destructive — but I also want to talk about how the atheist is really missing out.
Yes, missing out. On so much of the beauty that the world has to offer. I’m not even talking about God necessarily. But you cannot have beauty without God. We’ve talked about this at length before as well.
Look, there’s an expression: It’s like giving pearls to swine. What does that mean? It means that pigs will never appreciate beautiful pearls. That’s the way it is I think in terms of appreciating what the world and the universe has to offer — to even the atheist.
The atheist loves beauty. He claims to love music. He claims to love art. He claims to love entertainment and a good story… but in reality they shouldn’t. Because all of that is provided by way of God.
Now, what do I mean by this? I’m saying that the atheist is missing out. Think of it like looking at the great Leonardo da Vinci painting “The Last Supper” — but through the eyes of a dog. The dog would have no sense of its beauty. To him it’s just a bunch of colors and it appears to represent some men… and that’s about it.
And that’s the way ultimately the atheist has to look at the world. The beautiful seas, the beautiful mountains and such. Without appreciating how complex those mountains and seas have been and what it took to get there.
More significantly, he cannot appreciate how incredible it is that all the stars lined up the way they did. That we’re perfectly adjusted next to the sun in a way that’s in a Goldilocks orbit as they call it. We’re not too close, we’re not too far away… To say nothing of the ozone. To say nothing of how all the vegetation on the planet is sufficient to give us all the all of our minerals and nutrients that we need. To say nothing of the vitamin D that we need. To say nothing of how we have an exchange between the carbon that we spew out to the trees — and the trees spew out oxygen back to us. There’s beauty in all of this.
And yet, the atheist cannot possibly meaningfully appreciate it. Any more than that dog can appreciate the Leonardo da Vinci painting that I just spoke about. To him it’s just a slab of colors that may or may not be recognizable as human forms — and that’s about it.
And so I put it to you my dear atheist friend — you may very well be missing out. The believer appreciates all that it took to get there. Just like we humans appreciate the extraordinary talent to finally get to something like “The Last Supper”.