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Not Even an Athiest

Thursday, 7 January, 2016 - 11:00 am


When a Jewish atheist heard that the best school in town happened to be Catholic, he enrolled his son. Things were going very well until one day the boy came home and said he had learned all about the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost. His father, barely able to control his rage, seized his son by the shoulders and said: “David, this is very important, so listen carefully! There is only one G-d—and we don’t believe in Him!”

Earlier this week, at a meeting, the topic of belief in G-d came up. We discussed passionate atheists. 

You see there are 4 types of believers:

  1. I believe in G-d. He instructs and informs my life as well as is interested in what I do or don't do,
  2. There was a creator who is the "founder" of the world and is most powerful but He is not involved in the administration of the world, it runs on its own - in the words of the Talmud - the G-d of the Gods,
  3. There might be a G-d yet it is irrelevant to me; ‘I am a self-made man and I worship my creator’,
  4. The atheist who strongly believes and “knows” there is no G-d.

Only the third type of person is apathetic to G-d, whereas all the others have a relationship with G-d - either pro or against, but G-d takes up brain space. Pharaoh, in Egypt, asked Moses: "Who is G-d that I should listen to Him?" Pharaoh was not even an atheist - G-d was irrelevant in his world. To counterbalance Pharaoh’s indifference, G-d plagued the Egyptians "in order that you should know that there is none like the Lord, our G-d." 

Even the frogs, which seemingly have no purpose, were used to show Pharaoh that G-d runs the world. They were willing to go into the ovens, against their nature, if that is what G-d wants from them.

So if you are an atheist, let me know when we can get together for coffee. My guess is that I also do not believe in the G-d that you don't believe in.

If you think G-d no longer is involved in the world, let me know when we can get together for coffee. I am sure it would bring interesting discussion.

If you are apathetic, let me know when we can get together for coffee. Maybe we can see if a relationship with G-d can enhance your life.

If you are a believer, let me know when we can get together for coffee. I would love to hear about G-d’s involvement in your life.

Have a good Shabbos!

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman 


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