“Atheists and Life’s Meaning” note by me.
–originally just a long comment, shared here for all–
While not all atheists are nihilists, all nihilists are atheists.
Some atheists like to make up their own meaning of life in hopes of not succumbing to hopelessness, depression, or despair, to function sufficiently on a daily basis and appear to be living a happy life but underneath no one sees the reality of their inner emptiness and the uselessness of their superficial meaning of life.
Atheists deny the existence of God who created all.
They reject any claim or authority God deserves and demands by the fact that He’s the Creator, Maker, Sustainer, God.
They deny they’re made in God’s image.
They deny there’s sin and that they’ve disobeyed God’s laws and fall short of His glory.
They deny their need for a Savior, to save them from their sins, from just condemnation for transgression of God’s Law, they deny their need of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and salvation.
How can they find meaning in life when the deny the existence of God who gave them life?
They can’t find a real and valid meaning of life because they reject the source of it, that is, God.
They can hold on to a superficial meaning they’ve manufactured but it’s inadequate and useless in the long run, and for some even in the short run.
Their problem then is whether to keep denying the existence of God and His rightful claim on their life as Creator, Maker, Sustainer, Judge, or to come to believe in Him and embrace Him as God and source of meaning and purpose in life and follow the God’s precepts, principles, and commandments found in His Word for the good of humanity and the stability of the world.
It’s their choice and yes, without the Holy Spirit they won’t come to truth and repentance so truth must be told to them in love and the Holy Spirit asked to work in the life and heart of the atheist to lead them to the truth, to Christ, to salvation, to new life.