Why Atheism Is Bad For Mental Health by David Lee Chu Sarchet

Atheism is a worldview that is riddled with all kinds of fallacies. So it is amazing that so many people would willingly choose to believe such a ridiculous belief. As a Christian mental health advocate, I am concerned with how things affect mental health.

In this blog I Will Discuss 3 Different Ways Atheism Is Bad For Stable Mental Health

However, before I dive into the reasons, it would be helpful if I gave a definition for atheism. According to the dictionary, atheism is “the doctrine, or belief, that there is no God”. This is the standard definition for this term, however in recent years a slew of New Atheists have been trying to redefine the word to mean “a lack of belief in any god or gods”. 

Since the New Atheist’s definition actually makes no logical sense as a definition for atheism (as it confuses atheism with agnosticism), I shall be going with the standard definition for the word in this blog. As I said there are three different ways that atheism is actually bad for mental health. These are the following: 

  • 1) Atheism Goes Against The Grain Of Reality 
  • 2) Atheism Destroys All Hope 
  • 3) Atheism Destroys All Meaning

I will elaborate on these points now, but I would like to say that if you can think of more ways that atheism is bad for mental health please say what they are in the comments. 

1) Atheism Goes Against The Grain Of Reality 

When we turn to Romans 1:18-20, we read, 

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” 

As you can see that according to this text, God has revealed Himself to all people plainly in such a way that we are all without excuse for not worshiping Him. This means that when we acknowledge Him we are acknowledging what is reality and when we refuse to acknowledge Him we are closing our eyes to reality. In other words, atheism is in fact delusional wishful thinking that leads one into denying reality! This is why the Psalmist says in Psalm 14:1 that only fools say there is no God! 

2) Atheism Destroys All Hope 

According to atheism, this life is all there is. We are born into this world and once we die it is all over and we just become worm food. One cannot possibly have any kind of hope in this sort of worldview. This is why there are many suicides amongst atheists. It makes sense because if this life is all there is and we are all merely cosmic accidents then why should anyone go on living?

Atheism is a very depressing philosophy. The world renown atheist Fredreich Neitzche was possibly the most consistent atheist that there ever was and he lived a very bleak life. Obviously, atheism breeds a depressing life when lived out consistently with it’s own presuppositions.

3) Atheism Destroys All Meaning 

As atheism destroys hope, it also destroys meaning in life too. If we are all cosmic accidents and there is no rhyme or reason to life then there cannot possibly be any inherent meaning to life whatsoever. Most atheists acknowledge this and to get around the bleak implications of this they will say we need to create our own meaning in life. But, why? What is the point in doing that if we are here today and gone tomorrow? Anything we do will ultimately be meaningless if atheism is true. 

Thankfully, we can safely know that atheism is not true. We are created for a purpose by the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As a the Westminster Larger Catechism puts it, our purpose is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever”. We were created to be in eternal communion with the Holy Trinity on a New Heaven and New Earth where we will reign and there will be no more sin, sorrow, pain, or suffering. 

I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and I hope you were edified and challenged and that God was glorified. May the grace of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ richly bless you all! 

-David Lee Chu Sarchet 
Christian Mental Health Advocate 

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