viernes, 9 de octubre de 2009

ATHEISM, PART 4

This will be my last of the series. Instead of commenting about the position of athests, I'll talk about Christians trying to prove the existence of God to atheists or non-theists. Sometimes we make the mistake by going toe-to-toe with them. They will try anything, and I mean anything, to make you enter into a battle to try to make you look bad, either by the attitude you assume or by the answers they DEMAND you. And it's easy to fall because they'll try to make you look like a intellectual coward and, by sheer pride, you succumb. Sometimes, the best way to win is to "lose." God hasn't asked us to fight debates with anyone. If they attack you for not "defending" you statements to them, well, we know better than that. And besides, do they deserve your wasted time? And don't get me wrong, I DON'T dislike atheists, but I also learned to not waste my time as long as they're closed to any possibility of change. It's by the direct work of the Holy Spirit the only way close-minded people will be redeemed IF they God.

jueves, 8 de octubre de 2009

ATHEISM, PART 3

Some atheists have come up to me to complain and even demanding me explanations for my words. Oh, boy! Let me say that this blog is NOT an essay or a scientific, theological or psychilogical study on atheism. I could do that if they need to; but this is me ranting about the attitude a lot of atheists exhibit when there's a public debate on the subject. In fact, while all of this is going on, some people are tweeting me demanding that I give them an explanation or "proofs (the favorite word of atheists)" like I need to prove to a clown that his nose is red. And this reflects what I've been saying, that some atheists think they know more of you than yourself. And I only know One who does that: God. In other words, it's my impression that the reason for these people is simply to substitute God with Human.


Let's think, do anyone need to defend their own experiences to know if they're true? You can choose to believe or not, but, unless you're sure that person's lying or mentally ill, you can't do much. But many atheists take the position of "you don't know yourself like I do," which is one of the most insulting attitudes anyone can take. And that comes from people who are not psychologists, not even psychiatrists, and are trying to introduce to the media that religious people, specially Christians, are a threat to the development of society. But Jesus already warned us almost 2 thousand years ago:




Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 
(Mat 5:10-12)

And the new brand of persecution is not with the sword, the weapons or massive destruction ammunition. Is with words, with propaganda, putting key people in positions of power to influence. This is my advice for Christians who try to present God (or Christian beliefs) to atheists: TRY NOT TO. Why? Are you being mean to atheists? Do you want atheists to get lost? Obviously not, but atheists won't believe anything you say regarding God. The mind of someone who is a sincere atheist (not just a kid who wants to be rebel for the sake of it) is one who will always want "evidence" or "proof." Just as the legal motto "innocent until proven guilty," atheists will think "no God until proven wrong." The only way a real atheist will believe in God is when he (or she) has a personal encounter with the Almighty Itself, and that's something you and me can't do, even if we can present solid and contundent arguments. Remember how did we get saved and believe in God. For some people it's easier than others.

martes, 6 de octubre de 2009

ATHEISM, PART 2

With all said, I need to say this: I'm not a scientist, but I respect scientists and respect everything they've done to make us know more about the world we live in, and in some of the "battles" between religious people and scientists, I tend to side with the latter, simply because most religious people do not have a sound theology or understanding about The Bible. For example, the traditional interpretation of Genesis and the Creation. Earth is NOT 7,000 years old and wasn't created in 6 24-hour days (not that God couldn't have done it, of course). Whether one believes in Evolution or not, it's clear, at least for me, that Evolution and the notion of creation by God are not mutually exclusive. However, many atheists and  many religious people just ignore (for their own personal motivations) that fact and engage in a neverending battle.


The thing is that, unlike centuries ago, modern-day atheists are turning up the name-calling and smack talking against anything that is opposed to their ideas, specially coming from Christians. At least that's my experience when dealing with this subject. Just go to any video on YouTube or any forum that discuss the existence of God and you'll see lots of Net people coming up with harsh words and attacks. Some of them do it because they had bad experiences in religious scenes, some others do just because it's trendy, edgy and (for them) rebellious and some of them just can't stand to believe in anything they can't control. More on that later. In fact, they are modern-day preachers, "fire and brimstone" style, who declare that the infidels, in the absense of Hell, in their minds, should go to something more scientifically hellish, like insane asylums. I say if  atheists really believe their own hype, why don't they prosecute Christians as a threat to society because of their mental stability or lack thereof? I wouldn't be surprised if that scenario presents itself sooner than later.

ATHEISM, PART 1



How many times, if you're a Christian, have read or heard phrases like: "religion is for the weak-minded" or "religious are delirious" or "people who believe in God are delusional and irrational?" It seems like, more than ever, those slogans are being preached more behemently than before. There's a new wave of worldwide atheism which, more than ever before, has being strongly pushed, with more direct, harsh and often insulting and demeaning words than before, specially in the media. Names like Christopher Hitchens (who wrote "God is Not Great"), Richard Dawkins and political satirists like Bill Maher (who says he's not atheist, but strongly supports those who are) have been in the frontline of this direct assault to Christianity and religious institutions (specially the ones by Christians) and slowly, but steadily, have been gaining ground on society.Although a lot of what they say could make some sense, don't be fooled and don't be worried. This HAD to happen, in order for us to know the times we're living. In fact, the atheist movement, in reality, is as old as the Old Testament:


The fool has said in his heart, There is no God! They acted corruptly; they did hatefully in deeds; there is none doing good. (Psalms 14:1)
 The thing is that this "brand" of atheism we're seen as of late, is one of downright hatred disguised in a veil of so-called intellectuality. In fact, there are several types of atheism. In the next blogs, I'll be touching more of the subject in the eyes of a Christian who wants to share what's going on around us and many people hacen't noticed yet.