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Atheists are placing advertisements on buses that read “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy life.” The advertisements have run in London, several cities in Canada, and may soon be coming to the United States.

My first reaction was to laugh at it. The grammar is questionable. The message is on par with the five-year-old who says a naughty word to attract attention. It is as daring as shouting “State U stinks” at a pep rally for their next opponent.

Maybe it's because the ones placing the ad think it low risk to bash Christians. Their religion says to turn the other cheek, not cut your off your head.

Even as an argument for atheism it is weak. Not “There’s no God.” Nope. These daring people assert “There’s probably no God.” Talk about hedging. Perhaps they should have taken some advice from those that they despise. The Bible states “...if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?” (1 Corinthians 14:8). Nothing like the ringing assertion that there “probably” is no God to demonstrate true faith in the belief that He does not exist.

Stop Worrying

That is followed by a non-sequitur “Now stop worrying and enjoy life.” A Christian does not worry about the existence of God. Possibly atheists worry about the existence of God, but if the message were aimed at atheists, it is undercut by the “probable” non-existence of God. I can see why a belief system that posits the non-existence of something may worry that thing might truly exist, but why advertise that worry?

However, my reaction is not the right one—not as a Christian. It is permissible to laugh, but not to stop there. Jesus commands us “I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). We have to pray for them. We have to pray that they abandon error, and find the strength to abandon a faith of non-existence, and embrace one of existence.

We have to act from love, not fear or hate. Fear and hate lead to folly. What is that advertisement, but the reflection of the fear that they are wrong about God’s non-existence, and they hate Christians that draw comfort from God’s existence? If they did not care whether Christians believed, they would not be running that advertisement.

So, if you see the ad on the side of a bus rolling past you, you may laugh. But don't forget to say a prayer for those who put it there. They need your prayers.

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