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The Death of the Infamous Atheist Christopher Hitchens – A Warning

December 16th, 2011
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Psalm 14

 1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.

 2The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.

 3They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.

 4Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers
who eat up my people as they eat bread
and do not call upon the LORD?

 5There they are in great terror,
for God is with the generation of the righteous.
6You would shame the plans of the poor,
but  the LORD is his refuge.

 7Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

 


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  1. Rich Kauzlarich
    December 16th, 2011 at 10:59 | #1

    But should we not morn his death?

  2. Rich Kauzlarich
    December 16th, 2011 at 11:03 | #2

    Sorry for the misspell. Should be “mourn”

  3. December 16th, 2011 at 11:29 | #4

    We can mourn in the Ezekiel 18 sense. We do not desire the death of the wicked, but that he turns and lives. (v.23)

  4. Ruissell Davies
    December 16th, 2011 at 11:44 | #5

    The words are harsh, but the Law is harsh. It is there, but for the Grace of God, where I would be, condemned, but now I am forgiven. I mourn that the Devil has captured another with arrogance and blind reason.

  5. JMcCall
    December 16th, 2011 at 11:53 | #6

    Christ never desired the spiritual or physical death of anyone, he beckoned all to come to him before the person died. It is tragic for someone going to the grave with a hate for God; hell is not a torment that I would wish upon anyone, nor would Christ. Hell was never created for humans but for the fallen angels, we now have hell because of sin. Though we mourn this tragic death, this is also a call more for Christians to go out and spread the Gospel to the atheists and all who are lost, even to their dying breath.

  6. Helen
    December 16th, 2011 at 12:51 | #7

    Interesting that Psalm 14 should be the Daily Lectionary suggestion in our LW (and the subject of a Bible Study at http://www.graceelgin.org ) yesterday, Dec. 15.

  7. December 17th, 2011 at 11:09 | #8

    Turns out Christopher Hitchens had fans and admirers from all walks of life. Found this post commemorating Hitchens by a rather unlikely blogger. Funny and poignant. He will be missed. Click here to read it for yourself http://bit.ly/w40uFn

  8. Bob Gruener
    December 17th, 2011 at 11:52 | #9

    An evangelical recalls his encounters with the man:
    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/16/my-take-an-evangelical-remembers-his-friend-hitchens/?&hpt=hp_c2

    Evidently the picture displayed with this Cyberbrethren blog entry was taken some time after Mr. Hitchens learned he had esophageal cancer.

  9. Bob Gruener
    December 17th, 2011 at 11:56 | #10

    Evidently the picture shown above was taken some time after Mr. Hitchens was found to have esophageal cancer.

    A Christian tells of his several encounters with the man:
    http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/16/my-take-an-evangelical-remembers-his-friend-hitchens/?&hpt=hp_c2

  10. Rev. Allen Bergstrazer
    December 17th, 2011 at 16:15 | #11

    Hitchen’s polemic that there not only is no God, but that there is no evidence for the assertion that there is a God turned him into a mirror image of what he disdained most, a religious fanatic. His position was every bit as illogical as that which he saw in the most extreme fundamenalist Christian or Muslim and he did not realize it. Once again Pastor McCain you’ve posted nother tragic commentary on what comes of man sans the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

  11. December 18th, 2011 at 09:13 | #12

    “Mr. Hitchens discussed the possibility of a deathbed conversion, insisting that the odds were slim that he would admit the existence of God.

    “The entity making such a remark might be a raving, terrified person whose cancer has spread to the brain,” he told The Atlantic in August 2010. “I can’t guarantee that such an entity wouldn’t make such a ridiculous remark, but no one recognizable as myself would ever make such a remark.”” http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/16/arts/christopher-hitchens-is-dead-at-62-obituary.html?pagewanted=all

    Mr. Hitchens now knows the truth.

  12. Rev. Allen Bergstrazer
    December 19th, 2011 at 10:24 | #13

    @Bob Gruener I often heard Hitchens on Hugh Hewitt’s show on KRLA. On one occasion Hewitt had a long interview/debate with him on the existence of God. If it is still available it is worth a listen. What I appreciated about him was that he was no cookie-cutter liberal. Whatever position or opinion he had was his own, he had thoroughly thought it through and was able to articulate it with intellect and wit. If he could be praised for anything by a Christian it is how he forced us to sharpen our aplogetics and exposed how facile some evangelical rhetoric is.

  13. Rev. Allen Bergstrazer
    December 19th, 2011 at 10:47 | #14

    @Megan Breaux
    That is rather an unlikely source of praise indeed given that Hitchen’s once quipped that he didn’t understand gay marriage, jokingly referring to it as ‘the worst of both worlds.’

  14. Peter
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