Famous atheist Christopher Hitchens has died of cancer.
None of us rejoice when an atheist, an enemy, or a friend dies without the Lord. It is indeed a sad day. God himself does not rejoice in the death of the wicked and no believer should either. Should we talk about it? Of course. Did Hitchens make a big deal of his atheism in life? Of course. Now we’ll talk about where that unbelief leads in his death.
As a warning.
“Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways…” (Ezekiel 33:11)
This from ABC News: He achieved his greatest notoriety with the 2007 best-seller “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything,” in which he dismissed faith as wish fulfillment and religion as “the main source of hatred in the world.”
With its publication, Hitchens became the public face of atheism. Critics assumed his cancer diagnosis, in 2010, would lead Hitchens to relent and embrace God. But he remained a proud non-believer to the very end, as he made clear in an early October 2011 speech at the annual Atheist Alliance of America convention in Houston, as he accepted the Freethinker of the Year Award.
His body gaunt from the ravages of cancer, Hitchens said, “We have the same job we always had: to say that there are no final solutions; there is no absolute truth; there is no supreme leader; there is no totalitarian solution that says if you would just give up your freedom of inquiry, if you would just give up, if you would simply abandon your critical faculties, the world of idiotic bliss can be yours.”
…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2: 10-11)