Dear Selfless Atheist,

You can do the same selfless acts that a Theist can do and even more if you determine to, but can you really be selfless? You may say as another Atheist said,

Can you explain why my disabled, unemployed friend, who is a Christian, can’t find anyone to help him move his belongings from his storage unit to his house, so I, an atheist, am going to borrow a truck and spend a second day, (a day that I desperately need to be working) moving stuff for him?

There’s a bit of pride and selfishness in this oddly self-serving statement. Notice how this man’s “I” is better than the “I” of the man who’s not helping to move the man’s things. Self is magnified here when it should be diminished. Selflessness actually takes more than most of us are willing to give. A man may serve another man and be selfless in his acts, but selflessness goes beyond acts. It means that your “self” is abandoned in order to promote the “self” of another. Your “Self” or “Identity” is lost in the process. Who you are means nothing compared to the person you are serving.

But, why would you give up your “self” for another human being that is just as flawed you? Each man is just as capable of lying, cheating, stealing, murder, rape, and abuse as every other man. None of us are prefect. Why would you, as a flawed man, lose who you are in lifting up another flawed man? Certainly, it is good for mankind to serve one another, but the only selflessness that is worth practicing is toward a perfect individual. Therefore, I conclude that losing my “self” to the “self” of God, who is perfect, is the only worthwhile selflessness worth practicing.

Dear Restricted Atheist,

You live inside of a box. The Atheist says, “My reason is all that matters. What reason I find outside of myself, I find in others, and seek to add it to my own so that my view of reality is broadened.” Self, ego, or “I”, is your greatest obstacle to understanding Ultimate Reality. Your sense of unique, irreducible, distinct, individual personhood, is the ultimate illusion and the great obstacle to supreme enlightenment. Truth and reality are connected to the “I” that is distinct and separate from humanity, the one who calls himself “I Am”. The answer to ultimate truth and reality is not a statement or a piece of evidence. It is a person. Atheists live inside their box of reason. Christians realize that the “box” is an illusion, a distraction that obscures your view of the truth. Only when we understand the divine “I” can we truly understand the human “I”. This is not a blind faith, but an enlightening one.

“We have reasoned ourselves into oblivion” – Anonymous