Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Christopher Hitchens is a well known author and a self professed and confident atheist.  He is also dying of cancer.  I read the following  about him in WORLD magazine this week and it about took my breath away.

WORLD reported that, "Christopher Hitchens said 'I am dying'.  He said that he remains an atheist and that if he ever has a deathbed conversion, that would only mean that the cancer has spread to his brain."  (WORLD magazine , August 28, 2010, page 18).

I am a pastor's wife and a Christian of 55 years.  Of course I'm meant to be shocked.  Poor little old lady that I am, so naive and gullible!  

Such arrogance and defiance in the face of God is shocking to me.  You see, as strongly as Hitchens denies God and mocks those who believe in Him, I just as strongly and perhaps more vehemently, believe in God, man's  sin and Christ's forgiveness.  

Do you think I have lived these 55 years as a Christian and never read or heard atheistic arguments before and that's why I am shocked?  You would be very, very far wrong.  I have studied my faith, the Bible, Church history, various church doctrines and theologies and religions, as well as those who expound opposing arguments.  I am well educated and somewhat of a sceptical person.  

So why am I so shocked?  Because if Hitchens is wrong, he has just shaken his fist in the face of his Creator, the almighty, all powerful God. I wonder how shocked Hitchens will be when he faces his Maker.

However, He does add to his comments quoted above, "Pray for me if you wish."     Death is the great leveler.

God says, "I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently will find me."  Proverbs 8:12

Wanda's Art Challenge

This is Daisy Mae from Wanda's Art Challenge
It is done in watercolors and a little pen and ink.

I have another one to do this week -- one of my favorite birds, the white crowned sparrow, based on a photo taken by Abe Lincoln.  This will be fun.  I'm having such a good time with my paintings.  Thanks Wanda for the Art Challenge.


Unknown said...

Thanks for coming by our blog.
we love those ABC wednesday serene and so much like a picture postcard.
u paint beautifully. mummy loves to paint too, but of late we have been taking up all her spare time.
This Christopher Hitchins person sounds interesting!!!!
Buddy n Ginger

The Weaver of Grass said...

An interesting post - I think I sit somewhere in the middle of this argument but interesting to read both sides.

Autumn Leaves said...

Beautiful portrait of this horse, Chris.

jabblog said...

Lovely painting!

MorningAJ said...

You've done a great picture of the horse. I know how difficult it was. You've got the eyes really well and I thought that was the hardest part. You've even got the stripes on the rope! Well done.

Wanda said...

Oh Chris, my feeling exactly! I too have been a follower of Jesus Christ since I was 10 and I'll be 70 next May. I too have studied and read many books, but as you say.... To shake your fist in the face of Almighty God, is total arrogance and I fear he will become a believer after dies, but it will be too late.

Every knee will bow some day!!!!

photowannabe said...

You and Wanda said it perfectly.
Its interesting that he says we can pray for him if we want too.
Sad times for him as he meets his maker.
Love the DaisyMae watercolor. Great job.

Cherdecor said...

I think that the cancer already went to his brain! How could any smart person facing death take such an awful chance?

I love your horse picture. You really did a great job. Love it!

snafu said...

Believers, no matter what faith, are always ahead of the atheists in one particular respect. If the atheists are wrong and we all go to face our maker, the atheists will have to admit they were wrong, but if they are right and there is no afterlife, they will never be able to say ‘I told you so!’
Nice horse, you are pretty good at paining in watercolours.
Regards Froggat Edge in your previous post. The BBC are currently doing a series called Secret Britain and are touring all the beauty spots that are less well known. They have done one episode on the Peak District, but I can recommend it to all those ex-pats who like to be reminded of beautiful British countryside. I imagine you can get the series using the BBC iPlayer on the Internet, if it is not being shown on a local channel

Jose said...

There are those that say, "Thank God for allowing me to be an atheist".

sandy said...

Okay, I must be commenting at Wanda's and forgetting to come here. Again,great job.