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Christ & Existential Angst

Christ's CrucifixionConfronted with the existential questions of life the atheist will tell you that there is no meaning in the world, existence is a chaotic accident of materially reduced processes, and human action is intrinsically void of purpose. When confronted by this interpretation of reality the atheist will then argue that the only way to overcome the existential angst of a meaningless existence is to collapse back into the self (which doesn’t exist) and create your own value and meaning in your life.

But this solves nothing, for the reality of meaninglessness is the source and cause of the panic, and therefore collapsing back into the emptiness of the self can only perpetuate the crisis of existence. Claiming that one must rise above it and create their own values and meaning is, quite literally, an exercise in self-delusion since that which would be created by attempting to climb out of the pit is just as futile as the abyss one thinks they have escaped. Indeed, to even think for an instant that meaning can be subjectively created out of a courageous act of the will should only create a heightened awareness of the metaphysical void. The darkness of this reality is an all-consuming fog from which no one can escape. To pursue a delusion isn’t courage it is insanity.

This only helps to demonstrate the total absurdity of the atheistic worldview and how they deal with the existential crisis of existence. If they are interested in being honest with themselves, they must first recognize that “honesty” and the “self” indeed exists within a consciously intentional grasp toward something that transcends the inner subjectivity of the intellect and will. A realization then occurs where the hierarchic transcendent otherness of existence is recognized – in a world that is intrinsically meaningless there should be no discovery of its meaninglessness, for to discover such a thing requires our human faculties to elevate the self beyond the purely material reality which allegedly imparts existential emptiness. If we are participants in a reality that is stripped of any and all telos, why are we such magnificently intentional beings? Why do we search for meaning when the waves of meaninglessness are crashing upon us?

The atheistic perspective can offer nothing of value when confronted by the existential angst of life existing within the confines of a fallen world. Indeed, it is by definition that atheism provides no answers because the entire edifice collapses into a nihilistic void of metaphysical nothingness. Atheism creates the very problem it is looking to overcome. Trapped within an infinite perpetuation of active delusions manifested by the fictional “courageous” will leads to the self-created prison of desolation.

This is the satanic inversion of Christ emptying himself on the cross. The deception of the atheistic worldview convinces people made in the Imago Christi to empty themselves of their defining Christo-centric image so that death rather than life becomes the ultimate reality. Christ emptied himself on the cross so that death might be defeated. Union with Christ’s victory over death brings forth an abundance of life.

Only Christianity can resolve the existential angst of our existence, because it is only in Christ that all things are made new. We will feel pain and the weight of suffering, but the mystery of the cross elevates these experiences to union with the Incarnate Christ, and it is only union with the resurrected Christ that fulfills our entire being in the world. It is the reason why we exist at all. Saint Augustine perfectly articulated this when he said our hearts are restless until they rest in Him.

The choices are clear – the truth of Christ or the deceptive lies of a satanic nihilism.


Romans 8 (Douay-Rheims)

There is now therefore no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh.

For the law of the spirit of life, in Christ Jesus, hath delivered me from the law of sin and of death.

For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh; God sending his own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and of sin, hath condemned sin in the flesh;

That the justification of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit.

For they that are according to the flesh, mind the things that are of the flesh; but they that are according to the spirit, mind the things that are of the spirit.

For the wisdom of the flesh is death; but the wisdom of the spirit is life and peace.

 Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be.

And they who are in the flesh, cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

And if Christ be in you, the body indeed is dead, because of sin; but the spirit liveth, because of justification.

And if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you; he that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead, shall quicken also your mortal bodies, because of his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.

For if you live according to the flesh, you shall die: but if by the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, you shall live.

For whosoever are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

For you have not received the spirit of bondage again in fear; but you have received the spirit of adoption of sons, whereby we cry: Abba (Father).

For the Spirit himself giveth testimony to our spirit, that we are the sons of God.

And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.

For the expectation of the creature waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him that made it subject, in hope:

Because the creature also itself shall be delivered from the servitude of corruption, into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.

For we know that every creature groaneth and travaileth in pain, even till now.

And not only it, but ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption of the sons of God, the redemption of our body.

For we are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?

But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it with patience.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings.

And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to God.

And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.

For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son; that he might be the firstborn amongst many brethren.

And whom he predestinated, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified. And whom he justified, them he also glorified.

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us?

He that spared not even his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how hath he not also, with him, given us all things?

Who shall accuse against the elect of God? God that justifieth.

Who is he that shall condemn? Christ Jesus that died, yea that is risen also again; who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

Who then shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation? or distress? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution? or the sword?

(As it is written: For thy sake we are put to death all the day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.)

But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us.

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


 

– Lucas G. Westman

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