I’ve heard many an atheist claim that Christianity is dangerous, Jesus is a myth and God, well, God is just some imaginary friend. When it comes to curing the ills of the world, atheists suggest that we get rid of what Christians believe and replace it with, surprise, surprise, we should replace it with what they believe. If we all adopt what atheists call reason, all will be well with the world.
As a counsellor, I’ve worked with thousands and thousands and thousands of people from virtually all walks of life. Out of all those people, I have never known a single individual who has said s/he was on the verge of suicide but coming to atheism turned h/her life around. I’ve never heard a single person whose marriage was about to blow apart, say that becoming an atheist restored love to the relationship. I’ve never known a single person who claimed that becoming an atheist transformed h/her life from dishonest to honest, hatred to love, cold to caring, disengaged to becoming interested in others. Never have I heard an atheist say, “Now that I’m an atheist, my children love me and trust me. Not once have I heard of the restoring powers of atheism.
Now, to be fair, I have read atheist bloggers who claim that since coming to atheism they feel much better about themselves, particularly in the area of guilt. Apparently all that is required is that under the banner of atheism, one is able to reinvent, so to speak, the rules of society so that they correspond with how one is already living. In so doing, wonder of wonders, the atheist is now a pretty good person.
On the other hand I could give you the names of thousands of people who have become characters of integrity, peace and joy because of gaining an intimate, healed and forgiven relationship with Jesus. Jesus really is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Disregarding Him will do nothing of value for the world.