Atheists love death. They seem to draw an almost perverse satisfaction in stating that when one dies, one will rot in the ground. Enjoy life, they say, because the inevitable death awaits, when the elements of the human body will return to the environment. No soul, no spirit, just the material. Humans are chance collections of carbon and water.
On what basis do they draw such a conclusion? Well, on the basis of a materialist philosophy. The material is all there is, and therefore there can be no unseen soul, no spirit and especially no God. Nature, and the material, simply exists. It has no reason to exist, and had no beginning outside of mere chance.
The Bible has something to say about this too:
Pro 8:4 “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.
Pro 8:5 O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.
Pro 8:12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.
Pro 8:36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”
The atheist philosophy is to embrace death as a final outcome, the end of all that he is. That, however, according to God, is because they do not find wisdom. The lack of wisdom leads to a love of death.
CS Lewis defined philosophical materialism as the belief held by people who: “think that matter and space just happen to exist, and always have existed, nobody knows why; and that the matter, behaving in certain fixed ways, has just happened, by a sort of fluke, to produce creatures like ourselves who are able to think.”
Of course, philosophical materialism is an exercise in vicious circularity. It has to assume what it is trying to prove, or else it cannot work. It is an inductive exercise at best, which can never reach ultimate conclusions, because it rests on the principles of “seeing is believing”. But who is to say that all has been seen? Furthermore, it leads to life being utterly meaningless, which again begs the question, why bother to hold to any kind of philosophy?
As Christians, we reject this meaningless love of death. God’s wisdom and grace, through His general and special revelations, allows us to accept all He is:
2Co 1:12 For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.
Christians love because of God. We see humans as His creation, worth so much that He will become a man to cover our weaknesses. People are infinitely valuable, not “impure collections of carbon and water” as Bertrand Russell said.
Wisdom, imparted from God, allows one to see that, and not love death as the final outcome.