Hambo: Life Has No Meaning in the UK

This one is a wee bit depressing. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The title is Life Has No Meaning? 9 in 10 Young People in the UK Believe That, and it was written by ol’ Hambo himself. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A recent poll [Link omitted.] in the United Kingdom revealed that 89% — nearly 9 in 10 — of young people, aged 16 to 29, “believe that their lives have no meaning or purpose.” This saddening statistic is explained with a corresponding statistic shared in the same article — only 1% of this age group identifies as belonging to the Church of England, the largest denomination in the UK, meaning that very few young people in the UK hold to any semblance of Christianity (half of UK residents are atheists). This is being reflected in decreasing church attendance. In England, such attendance is down to less than 5%.

Obviously, they won’t be customers for Hambo’s museum or his ark. He says:

The study also found that 30% of these young people say they are “stuck in a rut,” and 84% don’t believe they are living “their best life.” But if there is no meaning or purpose to life, what makes you “stuck in a rut” or not stuck in a rut? What is your “best life”? In this worldview, there is no way even to define these things, apart from arbitrary feelings and opinions.

There’s no meaning to life unless you’re a creationist! If you doubt that, Hambo explains it in his next paragraph:

This belief that life has no meaning or purpose is the outworking of the religion of evolutionary secularism that permeates the education system and the media throughout the UK, and here in the United States. When you adopt the religion of atheism [Oh, the horror!], you have to deal with the consequences — and one consequence is that ultimately there’s absolutely no meaning or purpose to life!

That makes sense. He continues:

Atheists just don’t want to face the fact their worldview means, as Bill Nye said to me, “when you die, you’re done.” In other words, an atheist has to admit that when they die, that’s the end of them since everything is purely material in that worldview. So ultimately, nothing matters! [Gasp!] More and more the younger generations, who have been indoctrinated in evolutionary naturalism (atheism), are realizing the hopelessness and purposelessness of the naturalistic worldview.

What about you, dear reader? Are you feeling hopeless and purposeless? Now you know why. It’s because you’re an evolutionist! Let’s read on:

And the incredible inconsistency is that, from an atheistic perspective, eventually everyone dies, the whole universe dies, and no one will know they ever existed. So, why do so many of them get so emotional over fighting Christians/creationists?

Good question! Why are you so emotional, dear reader? You probably don’t know, but Hambo does! He explains:

The fact that they get so emotional about it is because it’s a spiritual battle, and in their heart, they know they’re rebelling against God. Otherwise, they wouldn’t care! It shows their hypocrisy and utter insecurity in their ultimately meaningless and purposeless existence in the here and now that, to them, is doomed to become. . . nothing!

But all is not lost, dear reader. Hambo can help you — if you’ll listen. Here’s another excerpt:

Where do meaning and purpose come from? It comes from our Creator! It comes from having a proper perspective on the history of the universe and humanity — one that starts with God’s Word. We’re not accidents, the result of millions of years of random, chance processes. [Got that? Phooey on evolution!] … We’re created to bring glory to our Creator and enjoy him forever. That’s ultimate meaning and purpose.

There ya go — that’s your purpose! There’s a bit more to Hambo’s post, but we’ve covered it pretty well. Don’t be like those lost souls in the UK. Give up your false religion of evolution, dear reader. Listen to Hambo. Believe what he tells you. That’s the real meaning of life.

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11 responses to “Hambo: Life Has No Meaning in the UK

  1. Frankly, the meaning I get from life is due to the relationships I have with other people and my effort to understand the universe. None of that includes Hambone’s favorite god (blessed be he/she/it) or any of the other thousands of gods people have invented.

  2. The meaning of Ham’s life is apparently to deceive as many people as possible before he expires.

  3. Michael Fugate

    If we had a creator, acting as Ham does couldn’t bring glory to said creator. And who would possibly enjoy Ham’s company for 10 minutes let alone eternity?

  4. Ol’Hambo may surprised, but “arbitrary feelings and opinions” usually mean a lot to people who hold them. My arbitrary feelings and opinions tell me that spending a lot of money to see a collection of crappy, artificial and mendacious displays and supply the bank account of Ol’Hambo won’t give any meaning to my life. However very unlike Ol’Hambo and many more abrahamists I’m not nearly arrogant enough to conclude that this applies to the rest of mankind as well.

    “you have to deal with the consequences”
    Which I manage just fine.

    “and one consequence is that ultimately there’s absolutely no meaning or purpose to life!”
    Fortunately for me there still is temporary (and really, 90 years at the max is enough for me) and relative meaning and purpose to my life. One of them and far from the most important one is mocking Ol’Hambo and co.

    “doomed to become. . . nothing!”
    This is the key difference. To me it’s a blessing.

    “That’s ultimate meaning and purpose.”
    Thanks for providing a good reason to swear it off, Ol’Hambo.

  5. Why does God need to have glory brought to him? Is he deeply insecure about His own existence, or something? Sarcasm aside, why do religions tell us to flatter God as if he were some ancient tyrant, or Donald Trump, or what?

  6. @Paul Braterman
    God wants us to praise him because it is for our good. Obviously, he is worthy of praise. That is beyond doubt. So it would be perverse for us not to praise him.

  7. Hambo claims

    an atheist has to admit that when they die, that’s the end of them since everything is purely material in that worldview. So ultimately, nothing matters!

    Trying turning that one around: for the worshipper in Hambo’s Cosmic Magician, the belief is that oneself is the only thing that matters, that if the world isn’t ‘meaningful’ to me then it can’t be meaningful to anyone else. If I don’t exist in the future–at least, as some winged harp-player in a celestial paradise–then there is no point to the world, so sod everyone else.

    The next stage, it might be, is to further insist that, as I didn’t exist in the past, the past has no ‘meaning’ either–and should therefore be ignored. Or else rewritten to ones liking, just as the MAGA-hatted Trumpies and our very own Brexiteers are so fervently doing.

    Hambo’s is the religion of Pure Solipsism and Narcissism.

  8. Plus Utter Arrogance.
    Imo this is the ultimate failure of creacrap, not even the rejection of science.. Its fanboys and -girls behave 180 degrees the opposite of what their hero Jesus of Nazareth preached.

  9. The whole narcissistic attitude of religion as emotional crutch is so disgusting and contemptible. It elevates the ego of the believer to the status of ultimate arbiter of truth. I’m confident that it’s a first world perception, too. African Christians probably believe in Christianity because they think it’s true, not because it makes them feel good. Fat suburbanite neuroticism is of no concern to them. As usual, shambo’s tirade is really only about him.

  10. Steve Gerrard

    The omitted link leads to an article with a link, which leads to an article with a link, which leads to an article in that scholarly British newspaper known as “The Sun.”

    It reports on a survey done by a company named Yakult UK, which makes yakult, a yogurt like beverage. This beverage, of course, will fix all your ills and make your life more meaningful.

    They provide insight into the cause of the wide-spread malaise:
    “And according to the study of 1,500 Brits, conducted by Yakult UK, the biggest barrier to finding purpose and achieving greater happiness is a lack of finances (45 percent).”

    Lack of finances is almost the same thing as lack of religion, perhaps, so Hamboni’s argument is not totally crushed. If everyone would just consume some yakult we would all be fine.

  11. Thanks, Steve Gerrard. I started to go down that rabbit hole because I wanted to know the source of Hambo’s information, but after the second or third link I gave it up.