Ed Stetzer over at the Christian Post has this to say on the death of Christopher Hitchens:
Now Hitchens has died, and with him his ability to engage in public debate. Hitchens never shied away from debating anyone in public, especially a Christian contender. In the coming days, many will hold a sort of virtual debate online, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of his arguments. Hitchens wrote many books, so there is plenty of material to analyze. But for Hitchens, personally, the debate is over. All of the questions Hitchens wrestled with on earth have been confronted with infinite certitude, the kind that only the presence of God can provide.
This is so true whenever one of these atheists die. The debate is over. There is no more discussion. The truth of Christianity has finally come crashing into his life, with his death. That is the thing about death, it is God’s statement to all of mankind that what took place in the garden so many years ago still has an affect and a reality on all mankind, even those who deny HIS existence.
God told Adam that the day he ate of the tree, he would surely die. He did die spiritually at that moment, and physically later on. The sin that Adam committed has been passed to all mankind, even those who deny God’s existence. Death is the reminder of this truth. Because all sin, all have died. There is no escaping this fundamental and universal truth.
While they may try to deny His existence, the atheists still faces death, like we all do. His childish denial of God will not remove the reality of death, and it cannot remove the darker reality that every atheists faces: the judgement that follows. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. Atheists can scream that they do not believe such truths, but their protests are merely confirmations of the reality that they know God does exist.
Romans 1:32 shows that those who are haters of God, practice such wickedness even though they (know) the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. In other words, the fear of judgment that all men are given by God, no longer restrains those who reject God outright and they end up in all levels of debauchery, approving of such acts and encouraging others in those acts. In God’s grace toward all mankind, He gives us a fear of the judgment to come. But those who deny His very existence have suppressed the truth to such a point that they are given over to their sin and this fear no longer acts as a restraining influence in their lives. In their rebellion, they embrace the sin that will condemn them all the more and encourage others to do likewise.
I believe this is one reason the Bible points out that atheists are fools when it comes to the things of God (Psalm 14:1ff). They have suppressed even the smallest amounts of truth that they have been given and it builds up the righteous judgment that is to come upon them after their death. They act and live without the least bit of restraint and prudence in their lives concerning God. This is truly foolish.
Paul goes on in Romans 2 to show that all mankind has been given a conscience that leads them to judge others (yes, all do it.) This judgment of theirs, proves the conscience that they have been given and shows that they know of God, even though they deny Him.
Hitchens lived his life denying the existence of God. Even though his belief system was based on a lie, it is the very belief system that now condemns him as he faces judgment. His arguments are done. He will not utter a single word as he faces this judgement and the God of all creation will judge justly. What that judgment will be is not hard to imagine. But the arguments are over. He knows the reality of God. He can no longer sit in denial of these truths. Sadly, we can offer no hope for those who hoped he would find mercy. Some atheists may contests my arguments here and judgmental. But to do so, would be to prove my point. The atheists knows judgment awaits them and the outcome is not good.
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.