Everybody knows who Richard Dawkins is. It won’t surprise you that Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) disagrees with Dawkins. Ol’ Hambo is the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and other creationist enterprises.
Hambo has criticized Dawkins before — see Ken Ham, Richard Dawkins, and God, but his latest blog article at the AIG website is Richard Dawkins: Religion a Force “For Evil”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us, and Hambo’s scripture references omitted:
In a recent interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins talked about religion and his recent stroke. While we’re thankful to hear that he has recovered, we are saddened that he still refuses to consider that there is life beyond this world and that one day, sooner or later, he will indeed stand before his Creator.
Hambo is saddened. Then he discusses the recent interview, which we haven’t seen so we can’t verify his quotes. He says:
The interviewer asked Dawkins if his stroke caused him to consider “what lies beyond.” He replied, “Nothing lies beyond.” And when the interviewer questioned, “That never changed?” he said, “Well of course not. Why ever should it? I consider mortality from time to time myself, I expect we all do, but certainly nothing lies beyond.”
Hambo’s response to that:
Now, if nothing lies beyond this life, and Richard ceases to exist as he believes, then what’s the ultimate purpose of him preaching his atheistic religion to the masses? What’s the ultimate point? None! Dawkins may be certain that nothing lies beyond the grave, but he’s certainly wrong! God’s Word says that we will all spend eternity somewhere, either separated from God in hell or rejoicing in His presence in Heaven [scripture references]. Someday Dawkins will know this reality.
Yes, Dawkins will realize his error — too late! — when he finds himself in the Lake of Fire. In this next excerpt, the bracketed material is in Hambo’s original:
During the interview Dawkins was asked, “Do you think religion now is a force for good or for evil?” He replied, “For evil.” He appealed to the violent actions of various religious groups around the world and said that “appalling things [are] going on in the name of religion.” Actually, the wrong religion (i.e., Dawkins’ religion of atheism) is a force for evil! His religion is not only one of ultimate hopelessness and meaninglessness, but it is also leading people against the truth of the saving gospel that people need to hear and respond to.
Aha — it’s Dawkins who is evil! Hambo continues:
Now Dawkins is free to believe that religion is a force of evil. But by what standard does he call it “evil”? It certainly isn’t from a biblical standard. …. So by what standard does he think terrorism, oppression, and persecution are evil? It is ultimately nothing more than his personal opinion. Without a foundation for morality, he has no authority to say that any of these things are evil. His moral code is just opinion — it’s all subjective. Christianity, however, has a moral code based on the absolute authority of God’s Word!
Powerful rebuttal! It’s not surprising that Dawkins has never been foolish enough to actually debate with Hambo. Here’s more:
As a Bible-believing Christian I can condemn terrorism, oppression, and persecution as evil. I have a standard — God’s Word — by which to do so.
Right. Drowning almost everything that lived on land in the Flood, which Hambo celebrates with his Ark Encounter tourist attraction, shows how much the bible opposes terrorism. Let’s read on:
Now, it is true that some people have done horrible things supposedly justifying them on the basis of Christianity — but certainly not true Christianity in accord with a correct understanding of God’s Word.
Ah, all those evil deeds don’t represent true Christianity, i.e., Hambo’s version. Moving along:
But religion is not the ultimate cause of these evils or any other evils. The problem isn’t religion — the problem is sin.
All the bad stuff that happens is the Devil’s fault. Another excerpt:
Getting rid of religion won’t make the world a peaceful, harmonic place — that didn’t (and doesn’t) work so well in Communist countries that outlawed religion. All they did was replace religion with their religion of atheism, resulting in all kinds of horrible evils (e.g., Stalin’s Soviet Union).
[*Groan*] Stalin is presented as an example of what Dawkins advocates. But witch trials and the Inquisition aren’t counter-examples, because that wasn’t true Christianity. Hey — did you notice that Hambo was clever enough to leave Hitler out of his atheism rant? Hitler wasn’t an atheist, but he wasn’t a true Christian either. And now we come to the end:
The problem isn’t religion. The problem of every single person living on this sin-cursed planet is the sin nature that condemns us before a Holy God. Everyone needs the mercy that the gospel of Jesus Christ offers — Richard Dawkins included.
Dawkins should listen to Hambo before it’s too late. Everyone should.
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