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I just removed a militant atheist from my Google circles. It's a relief. Like
saying goodbye to a particularly determined Jehovah's Witness. I have no
ill will toward atheists, but the constant "I hate religion and I'm
smarter than you" rain of hatred gets old quickly. I think we can all
coexist on the whole God/no God issue if we simply respect each other.
you're betting your life one way or the other. I personally believe in
God, but not some of the add-ons that the political church has installed
(ever-burning hell, immortal souls, guilt, etc.). Jesus came to relieve
guilt, to teach us to forgive, be better people and to prepare us to
live forever. I think it's worth the bet. Certainly my life is better
because of my walk with Christ. And I promise I won't burn anyone at the
stake, blow up the local farmer's market or call you names because you
don't believe the same things I do.
It's a huge universe and we
don't know much about it yet and God may actually be the multi-dimensional
intelligence that we Christians believe He is. If so, He would not be required to reveal Himself in some kind of fire and thunder display for the amusement of atheists. There might actually be a reason for Him not to do so. If God exists, it's likely He
has to be very careful tampering with things here today in order not to have
bad things happen farther down the timeline. I trust a pan-dimensional
intelligence has more information than me. As a matter of fact I've seen some pretty
amazing things that support my belief that He does exists and knows more than I do.
wrong, what does it matter to the likes of Christopher Hitchens and
Richard Dawkins? Really. Are these guys the summit of human
intelligence? Are they clairvoyant that they can look into the universe
and see that there is not anything that is beyond their understanding.
Religion of the sort that has not been corrupted, looks at the universe
and says, "Whoa, that's a lot bigger than I can get my brain around." And we stand in awe of that, knowing we're not such big bugs in the vasty universe after all.
some reason we are designed to wonder after the infinite - to search
for something or some being who exists beyond food-gathering and sex. We
look for meaning.
God, while we cannot begin to explain Him,
does help us to make sense of it all and human beings so badly want to
make sense of it all. Perhaps that's in our design for a reason. I find
in that evidence of God. I do not demand that anyone believe or do
anything as a result of my belief. Believe. Don't believe. God, I
believe, gave us free will - took a chance that all the trouble that would cause would
be worth it in the long run. It would take a God who lives outside the
stream of time to appreciate what sacrifices might need to be made to
safely turn loose a creature with free will in the universe. Otherwise
you'd get Klingons, the Borg and all manner of evil guys running around
from planet to planet murdering and enslaving others just like in the sci-fi novels.
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe-making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. -Mark Twain