I just thought I would clear something up once and for all. Albert Einstein was absolutely not an atheist. He was offended that anyone should say that. When he was younger, he was quoted as saying that he didn’t believe in a ‘personal’ God. Desperate so-called atheists have latched onto that one statement and have taken it to the bank. They conveniently forget the fact that he is still stating a belief in God, just not a personal one. They also forget all his other quotes that affirm his strong belief in God. There are also many blatantly false quotes that have Einstein mocking the bible- beware of these- he did not say those as he respected the bible- especially the New Testament. He accepted the bible as historically accurate.
As Einstein aged, his words concerning God seemed to mature to a deeper understanding. He never denied God’s existence. I believe he wished he could stop believing in God but the facts stood in his way. His mere intelligent and love of knowledge won out in the end. In fact, he made it very clear that to deny God’s existence in the pursuit of science would be ‘lame’. This is what many so-called brilliant scientists of today do. Steven Hawking comes to mind. Hawking allows his personal bitterness over his infirmities get in the way of facts. That is what makes this theories ‘lame’. Einstein was simply too intelligent to deny the factual print of Intelligent Design upon creation. Intelligent Design is scientifically evident. Intelligent Design (thus, the existence of God) is simply the most mathematically probable cause of creation. Einstein saw this clearly- as anyone with even the semblance of honest intelligence would. All his bitterness concerning the Holocaust couldn’t make Einstein fail to see the facts before his eyes. This is what made him a great scientist. This is what makes him better than Hawking.
In addition, in 1929, when once questioned about Jesus, he answered in ways that will truly surprise you. He never doubted Jesus’ existence and felt very strongly about him, even as a Jew. One is left wondering if it hadn’t been for the fame, the Holocaust, the nuclear weapon which he created and the death that ensued (what terrible guilt did he feel?) that Einstein mightn’t have found salvation in the end.
Print this out and store it in your bible for future reference or copy and paste it to your Facebook Notes. You no doubt have so-called atheist friends who love to either misquote Einstein or make absurd, and usually funny, statements about how science hasn’t proven the existence of God (science is always right!) and so they won’t believe it, or some such thing. This article will prove very handy in those cases. You can then pull them out and say, “Well, if God is scientific enough for a brilliant scientist like Einstein, I think he is scientific enough for me.”
Einstein was just a human being like everyone else. He was searching for God like everyone else. Being Jewish didn’t help. Furthermore, he had just witnessed the destruction of 6 million of his people by the Germans. When you read how Jesus inspired him, you will see how very close he was to finding the kingdom of heaven. A Jew to be so very inspired by Jesus! He speaks more powerfully about Jesus than of God, whom he seems to resent. I can only hope that Einstein, in his final hours, decided to accept Jesus as the Messiah. I hope he is in heaven. His thoughts about God changed throughout his life. But he was NEVER a so-called atheist. He was just too intelligent for that. As I have always maintained, true genius must recognize God in existence. There is no other way to see it. Only a coward, a demon or a dunce can say otherwise.
Below are his quotes and their sources:
“It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.”3
“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings.”4
“In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.”5
“I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”6
******Albert Einstein received instruction in both Christianity (at a Roman Catholic school) and Judaism (his family of origin). When interviewed by the Saturday Evening Post in 1929, Einstein was asked what he thought of Christianity.*****
“To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?”
“As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.”
“Have you read Emil Ludwig’s book on Jesus?”
“Emil Ludwig’s Jesus is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot!”
“You accept the historical existence of Jesus?”
“Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”7
Here are the sources:
1.”Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” (Albert Einstein, “Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium”, 1941)
2.”My position concerning God is that of an agnostic. I am convinced that a vivid consciousness of the primary importance of moral principles for the betterment and ennoblement of life does not need the idea of a law-giver, especially a law-giver who works on the basis of reward and punishment.” (Albert Einstein in a letter to M. Berkowitz, October 25, 1950; Einstein Archive 59–215; from Alice Calaprice, ed., The New Quotable Einstein, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005, p. 206. )
3.Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman (eds) (1981). Albert Einstein, The Human Side. Princeton University Press. p. 43.
4.Cable reply to Rabbi Herbert S. Goldstein’s (Institutional Synagogue in New York) question to Einstein, “Do you believe in God?”.
5.Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein, Towards the Further Shore: An Autobiography (Victor Gollancz, London, 1968), p. 156.
6.G. S. Viereck, Glimpses of the Great (Macauley, New York, 1930), quoted by D. Brian, Einstein: A Life , p. 186.
7.G. S. Viereck, “What Life Means to Einstein,” Saturday Evening Post, 26 October 1929; Schlagschatten, Sechsundzwanzig Schicksalsfragen an Grosse der Zeit (Vogt-Schild, Solothurn, 1930), p. 60; Glimpses of the Great (Macauley, New York, 1930), pp. 373-374.