Sunday, June 28, 2009

Atheist Ads Are Coming

As reported at in an article titled, Atheist Ads Hit City Buses, "There's nothing like the MTA to make you question your faith! So maybe the new advertisements for atheism on city buses are appropriate. The campaign will take over 20 Manhattan buses for one month and president of the NYC atheists says the test run could be reaching the other boroughs later this year. The ad reads: 'You don't have to believe in God to be a moral and ethical person'....Inspiration came from a similar campaign in London last year. " 
The London bus ads stated the following: "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life." 
According to the head of the NYC atheists, the $10,000 NYC ad campaign is to increase membership. Joseph Zwilling, the director of communications for the Archdiocese of New York, was quoted as saying that, "the ads were not offensive to the Catholic Church's view, given their wording." (That was in response to the NY ads.)
So where are our ads? Where are ads on city buses which state that, "Belief in God gives inner strength, courage and hope to believers in God." Or perhaps representatives from the major world religions, who profess belief in God could meet and come up with some catchy bus ads which promote the positive effects of belief in God for human beings. 
People who believe in God greatly outnumber atheists, that is a fact. There are billions of people in the world, from every country and culture in the world,  who receive inspiration, hope, courage, comfort and even health benefits from believing and worshipping God. I'm sure they would like to see advertisements on buses and elsewhere which stress the importance and benefits of belief in God, the benefits of prayer and a spiritual life.  I would like to see those ads in the future.  
I have read many biographies and autobiographies of saints. Saints are extraordinary human beings. Some of them were common people, some were kings or queens, lawyers or doctors. Some were ordained, others were laypeople.  Some were extremely intelligent,  I consider them to be geniuses.  I have read the works of great theologians who have spent their entire lives studying Scripture or the traditions or the doctrine of the Church. To say that these remarkably intelligent people have spent their lives, or in some cases given their lives in martyrdom, for something which doesn't exist is disturbing to me. It doesn't make any sense at all. Billions of people, who have experienced the benefits of faith, the beauty of a prayer life and a relationship with God know what they are talking about. God is real and God certainly does exist. That statement would make a good ad!