Spoiler Alert for Atheists by Kenny Bomer
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
"And they [the disbelievers] say: “There is nothing, but the life of this world and we shall not be raised [from the dead].”
Qur'an: Surah Al-An'aam 6:29
Some people get angry when details, or the ending about a movie they haven’t yet seen, are revealed. Does it make sense to become angry at another person for revealing the end of a movie that doesn't really amount to anything significant in the big picture of life? Sometimes people tease or antagonize others just to get a reaction, so they reveal the end of movies just to annoy people. In the same way, Atheists are angered when reminded of facing judgement for how they have lived their lives. They don’t want to hear or think about it. Life is easier that way. But many of those very same Atheists who don’t like being reminded of the possibility of a life in the hereafter, will spend enormous amounts of precious energy talking or debating about it.
The outcome of a movie isn't important. But the final outcome of our lives on this earth means everything. This brings to my mind the Atheists, regarding what they might feel if they realized that the spoiler alert for their lives on this earth has been revealed in the Qur’an? It seems that the Atheists are like those who are more concerned about the outcome of a movie, than they are the final outcome of their own existence. They simply put more importance in things of this world, than they do the hereafter. They seem to become very annoyed at any hint, reminder, or mention of an afterlife, just like one who gets angry when a spoiler alert is given about a movie.
Like one who reveals the end of a movie to those who don't want to hear it, the believer warns the non-believers about the impeding reality of facing a final destination, numerous times through the course of life. Sometimes the reminders from believers are unintentional. The Atheist seems to utterly despise those who believe even when the believers aren't interacting with them at all. The Atheist mocks and ridicules believers as if the believers are intellectually inferior. I postulate that this occurs because of the inner discomfort that an Atheist feels when reminded of the existence of a Creator, who they themselves strive hard to keep from acknowledging.
The believers remind the Atheists of a Creator, either directly or indirectly, and the Atheists are annoyed. Instead of just ignoring believers, many Atheists spend vast amounts of time engaging in conversations about a Creator, and those who believe, instead of simply ignoring the issues. They become even more annoyed when purposeful reminders are given by believers. Believers who analyze the purpose of life, as it relates to our final destinations. Destinations which are determined by how we lived our lives in this world.
Even an Atheist should agree that life is a series of tests and trials. Everything that we face in this life is a test. Some tests are more difficult than others. We live our lives trying our best to pass the tests that we are presented with, because our choices dictate the outcome of the trials, be they good or bad. Make the right choice and you pass. Making the wrong choice, leads to failure. We are required to make a passing score when being tested in school. With every test there is a spoiler alert which says, "You must score a 70 or higher in order to pass", or something similar. In the same way, our lives are balanced on scales of good and bad decisions. We know that there are consequences to our actions, just as we know that there are consequences for not studying to pass an exam.
Consider the following “Spoiler alert” from the Qur’an!
"As to those who reject Faith, it is the same to them whether you warn them or do not warn them; they will not believe. (6) Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing and on their eyes is a veil; great is the penalty they (incur).”
Surah Al-Baqarah 2:6-7
There are some in the world who are blinded by their own ignorance and arrogance. Imagine the absurdity of one who would say, “I can’t see”, while standing in the sun at noon on a clear summer day with his/her eyes closed, while in the next breath claiming that he/she can see better than others who have their eyes open! It would be foolish for someone in self-induced darkness, to claim that they can see better than those who are in the light. But there is an unwavering arrogance from Atheists who ridicule those who see clearly, like one whose eyes are open, while the Atheist drowns in self-imposed darkness, like one who simply refuses to open his/her eyes.
If one were to attempt to drive an automobile on a busy highway with his/her eyes closed, there would be disaster. Especially if the attitude of that driver was full of so much arrogance that the individual sees him/herself as being the best driver on the road, while navigating through traffic without concern for the warning signals and signs. The situation would be even more problematic if that individual considered those who obey traffic laws as fools. Those who drive cautiously for everyone’s safety, while trying to reach their destination. Unlike one who would be so bold as to attempt to navigate an automobile in heavy traffic with his/her eyes closed. A person who would risk driving with their eyes closed would obviously have no fear of the consequences for doing so. That person would be simply irrational. So be it with Atheists.
Atheists have no moral compass in which to navigate life. That doesn't mean that all Atheists are bad people. Some may be good. But by who's standards? Atheists possess a self-serving anything goes attitude, and that is dangerous for society. They simply lack proper guidance. The Atheist sees this world as a playground. In many ways they operate like bullies on a playground who are bent on antagonizing others. They attack those who for instance, would choose to use manners and proper etiquette while utilizing the various playground equipment. The Atheist bully functions like a child who sees his/herself as being smarter and more capable than, not only the other children using the playground, but the designer of the playground equipment as well!
Imagine a child of limited knowledge and years acting as if he/she has more knowledge about the merry-go-round, than the designer/creator of that contraption? Would a child know the proper dimensions, have the skills to design and fabricate, and know the intricacies of proper placement of equipment on the playground? Would the child know if there is underground piping or electrical cables underground where the equipment is to be built? Would the child know which welding rods, materials, etc... to use, or have the skills and ability to build it? Of course not. But what if the child irrationally attempted to explain all the complexities and intricate details of the design and placement of all of the playground equipment, as well as the design of the other children using it? Would that not be absurd?
The examples of one driving with his/her eyes closed, and the bullies on the playground, describe the attitude of the Atheist fully. The Atheists see themselves as intelligent and complex. They will reject the unseen, but then irrationally attempt to explain its complexities, while possessing no sure knowledge about how this universe began, or the outcome of life as we know it. They simply reject the existence of a Creator because it is easier for them to do so. Rejecting the existence of a Creator frees their minds of any consequence or retribution for their poor decisions. Meanwhile, no Atheist who ever existed has been capable of naming any living or non-living thing, capable of creating itself.
“Know that the life of this world is only play and amusement, pomp and mutual boasting among you, and rivalry in respect of wealth and children, as the likeness of vegetation after rain, thereof the growth is pleasing to the tiller; afterwards it dries up and you see it turning yellow; then it becomes straw. But in the Hereafter (there is) a severe torment (for the disbelievers, evil-doers), and (there is) Forgiveness from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure (for the believers, good-doers), whereas the life of this world is only a deceiving enjoyment“.
Qur'an: Surah al-Hadid 57:20
The Atheist claims to use logic and reason but then acts unreasonably. They see themselves as self-sufficient. Because of their arrogance, Atheists are unwilling to accept guidance. To be guided means to follow instruction and to trust and have faith in the one giving the guidance. The one giving guidance and direction will do so using landmarks and various signs, just as Allah has done for all of mankind. The verses in the Qur’an are called “Ayat” in the Arabic language which means, “Signs”. But the Atheist refuses to observe those signs. Instead, the Atheist utilizes childlike mockery while attempting to portray themselves as intellectuals.
The Atheist has an attitude that is soured by the ignorance of their own desires. They want to live in a manner pleasing to themselves as they drown out all open-mindedness in cesspools of their vain self-indulgences. Believing in the unseen is harder than disbelieving, for those who reject the existence of a Creator. But those same people who deny the existence of a Creator, readily acknowledge the existence of oxygen without possessing the ability to see it with the naked eye. They know atoms and molecules exist because of the microscope but deny the Creator of the eyeball that makes seeing through the microscope possible.
Allah says in the Qur’an:
“We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their own selves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Qur'an) is the truth. Is it not enough regarding your Lord that He is a Witness over all things? Verily, they are in doubt concerning the Meeting with their Lord? (i.e. Resurrection after their death, and their return to their Lord). Verily! He it is Who is surrounding all things!”
Surah Fussilat 41:53
"And He has subjected to you, as from Him, all that is in the heavens and on earth: behold, in that are signs indeed for those who reflect."
Surah Al-Jathiya 45:13
The world we live in is full of signs and wonders that draw our attention to the existence of a Creator. Human beings are like children running to and fro on a playground that was designed to test us. Yes, part of the test comes with the enjoyment of life as we partake of the many blessings that we have been given by Allah, but there are hidden tests and dangers along the way. A child on a playground may attempt to see how high they can climb on the monkey bars or see how high they can swing in order to test their abilities. Simple fun and games. But sometimes there are consequences to those games. Especially when the limitations of our abilities are manifested in our shortcomings and failures. We are like children who fall from the monkey bars or a swing. We as humans are prone to sacrifice our well-being, for the excitement and enjoyment of the moment. We often stumble and fall into difficulties filled with painful and inescapable consequences, for living life on the edge. Consequences that affect not only us, but those around us, and at times, society as a whole.
In summary, reminders about the consequences of our actions and decisions are important. Without them, most people would go about living their lives however they wish. Most would seek out self-indulgences and things of the flesh, in their constant pursuit of what pleases them. There would be far less limitations. People would live as if there is no tomorrow while chasing the here and now. Most would engulf themselves in trying to please themselves before their time expires here on this earth. The world would be in chaos. Imagine a world without laws or consequences for breaking them. There must be laws to live by, and there must be boundaries. Who better to create laws and set boundaries than a designer who knows the limitations of a creation? Setting boundaries, guidelines, and laws are means to regulate people. The spoiler alert is that if you break the rules, there will be consequences. Mankind needs the spoiler alerts regarding our lives in this world. Even more so, mankind needs our Creator.
May Allah guide us all, and may He accept my efforts. Ameen
Without Allah I am nothing. Without Allah I am no one.
“Therefore, whoever goes aright, he goes aright for his own soul, and whoever goes ' astray, then say: I am only one of the warners.”
Surah An-Naml 27:92