The short answer to this question is no, Atheists are not capable of love because in fact and practice love requires thinking outside of their own interests and experience as well as expressing an emotional maturity beyond their ability. They just can’t help it.
Romans 1:21 – Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
From the internets forum, rabroad.com Christians can read one inscrutable Atheist’s attempt to come to terms with this question:
Are atheists cable of love?I MEAN CAPABLE
Steve H. I never claimed to be a theist. Do not make false assumptions. I am an atheist myself. I was just curious.
@ Jen E. Are people like you incapable of reading. I DID correct myself in the question by stating “I MEAN CAPABLE”
@ Mia. Once again, someone making false assumptions. I never said I didn’t think I was capable of love as an atheist. Truth be told, I’m just unsure if
I am or not.
How many times have you read “But I’m Agnostic” (483,000+ times in a phrase-specifc google search) or “But I’m Atheist” (271,000+ times in a phrase-specifc google search) as a rejection of scripture based reasoning? How many times have you read openly obnoxious or loosely veiled slurs of a Christian’s mental abilities or character? How many times have you read bragging, exaggerations of power, or success and attractiveness from an ‘Atheist’ as a retort to the Good News? Christians need to develop an understanding to lovingly address these affronts to the Christian message of love for one another.
John 13: 34-35
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
The first step for Christians in understanding these attacks is to not take it personally. Enduring these slurs on Christian character means one must turn the meaning of the word slur from “insult” to “smooth musical lyric” or perhaps modify further to “melodramatic wailing for attention” before responding.
The second step is to cast aside preconceptions of what an Atheist is. The stereotype of the Atheist as “God Hater” is inaccurate. Atheist cannot hate what they do not believe in, but they do hate Christians for what is perceived as pandering to a non-existent deity. All this reasoning points to a soiled logic and defective mindset incapable of recognizing within others God’s anointing grace of creation just as they fail to recognize it in themselves. Only God can create; human beings are left to innovate.
A good portion of Atheists’ hate comes from the fact many suffer from undiagnosed Narcissistic Personality Disorder. NPD is a deformed love of the reflection of self that is destructive and renders them incapable of loving relationships with others as well as the Atheist’s singular true self.
Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.
The Agnostic or Atheist NPD sufferer can be quite capable and even ambitious in secular life. Unfortunately these positive attributes are offset by jealousy, an inability to accept or evolve with criticism, low tolerance for setbacks and a grandiosity gap between the reality of accomplishments and grandiose fantasy of self. It is a life well suited to unrepentant homo-gays, Wall Street traders, left-wing media blogging, or humorous newscasters in sit-coms.
Romans 1:25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
While it is unclear which (NPD or Agnosticism/Atheism) occur first, observation, experience as well as rational thinking indicates a corollary between the two. The Mayo Clinic online lists the following symptoms of NPD . Expression of five or more of these symptoms in an individual may indicate pathology indicative of NPD and Agnostic or Atheist disbelief.
- Believing that you’re better than others
- Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
- Exaggerating your achievements or talents
- Expecting constant praise and admiration
- Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
- Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
- Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
- Taking advantage of others
- Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
- Being jealous of others
- Believing that others are jealous of you
- Trouble keeping healthy relationships
- Setting unrealistic goals
- Being easily hurt and rejected
- Having a fragile self-esteem
- Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional
In summary it is a flea riddled bed the Agnostic or Atheist with NPD has made for herself or himself. Atheists with NPD live a life of loneliness and despair, incapable of loving or receiving love from others, and in a constant state of alert and worry to threats that manifests as offense to any Christian reference or reasoning. Oftentimes Christians will witness a tirade of rants, foul language and demands for “proof”. In the end, all hearts remain steadfast. The Atheists plod back to well-reasoned abodes and hours of internet study and debate. The Christians plan a soccer league and spaghetti supper.
I thought I would end this piece on a positive note and add a nice poem for all the Agnostics and Atheists. Just to wish them a Happy Valentine’s Day. Since I’ve never been much of a writer, poet or philosopher, I searched on the internets. I found the perfect poem; but the rights of use terms do not permit adding it here. I hope the Atheists and Agnostics will have the same modicum of faith for my intent as they have for reasoning away love. I offer the following cut and paste as proof.
“Please do NOT use our poems in e-mailed documents of any kind, including newsletters and other publications.”