I was debating an atheist and he said that atheists care more for people, because they don't believe in any god that can help, while religious people leave salvation up to G-d. What would you respond to that?
Have you ever seen an atheist hospital? Like the Agnostic Sisters Medical Centre? Or the Our Lady of Nothing In Particular Nursing Home? Or the Brothers of No Hope Humanist Hospice?
Me neither. But we all know hospitals with names like Beth Israel and Maimonides, Presbyterian and Catholic, Saint this or Holy that. This is not because atheists don't care about the sick and religious people do. Of course there are many philanthropic and generous non-believers who do wonderful charity work. But they are individuals, not a group.
Non-belief is not the basis of a community. A lack of faith cannot bind people together. It takes a village of believers to build a hospital. And faith more than any other force has inspired people to build not just houses for worship, but houses for people in need, like orphanages and hostels, rehab programs and shelters.
Atheists often borrow ideas from religion. That's why they make Atheist Conventions. But the unifying spirit that comes with faith in G-d cannot be imitated. Because without one G-d who created us all, what really connects us?
This is not an argument for belief in G-d. I don't have faith in Him because He is a great community organizer. But to say that faith breeds apathy to the sick and needy is an argument as hopeless as a humanist hospice.
The fast of Tisha B'av, mourning the destruction of the Temple, commences on Monday July 15 at 5.04pm and continues on Tuesday July 16, until 5.31pm (Sydney times)
Monday Night July 15
Evening Service 6:30pm followed by Lamentations
Secrets of the Temple Mount - A multimedia presentation of the archeological, historical and spiritual layers beneath the holiest place on earth
with Rabbi Yitzchak Barber
Tuesday July 16
Morning service 7am including Kinnos service with explanations and stories of the destruction of the Temple.
9am Talmud Class - The Destruction of Betar
10am Kabbalah - The Shelah Hakadosh on Tisha B'av
Mincha 4:20pm followed by Maariv
Fast ends 5:31pm
Breaking of the Fast sponsored by R' Eli Barukh
SERVICES AT NEFESH ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Friday Night Candlelighting 4:44pm
Shabbos Service 6:00pm followed by Kiddush
Morning Service 10am -12:20pm- Followed by Kiddush Sponsored by the Feiglins, Dana Korn, The Golds, The Borensteins, Ronan Lutman and The Smuts in honour of the Moss family's safe return from New York.