One thing I’ve noticed about many who reject Faith without thoroughly exploring the subject to begin with (“It just doesn’t make sense to me.”) – is that they envision faith as being focused on The Creation and The Afterlife – on narratives of The Beginning and of The End. They see these narratives – which most or all faiths have – as factually and fatally flawed, if not downright foolish; and so not worthy of serious consideration. Therefore, in their eyes, the faith as a whole must be flawed.
Now, there are many people who have adopted the label “Atheist” because they see the evil and pain in this world and cannot believe that a loving God would allow such things. (And perhaps even blame faith as responsible for much of the world’s pain – which, sadly, is true). Therefore, they say, there is no God. But, that’s an entirely different topic that I have referred-to in some of my past posts here on this site.)
When talking about the Creation or the End Times, the problem – at least in my view – is that focusing on a factual interpretation of a Faith’s narratives of The Beginning and The End completely misses the point. (Biblical interpretation Literalists, please take note.)
Continue reading “The Fallacy of Atheism”
There’s been quite a bit of fuss over an nationwide ad campaign sponsored by some humanist groups who are determined to make us hear, in this the Christmas Season, that they believe God does not exist.
I agree with them.
These ads are reacting against a judgmental, limiting, inflexible god who’s main purpose seems to be to oppress humanity and destroy freedom. I would have a hard time with such a god myself. And so, I agree, the god they are reacting to does not exist.
The God I know is a god of relationship, a god of love. Love transforms you. Therefore, the god I know, a god of love, cannot be inflexible and unchanging. Just as God’s love changes us, our love must change God. My god is not a god of oppression, inflexible judgment or limitation. My God is a god that would (and did) die for us; a God who wants to walk with us in the both the light and dark times of our lives.
So, my advice to those offended by these “God does not exist” advertisements is to agree with those who have such a viewpoint, then show your love to them, to those who seem to hate God. What they hate is the pain inflicted on them in the name of a god that does not exist. Let the love that God has placed in you show them that there is a different God, a real God, a God who loves them, too. A god who gives us the freedom to love back, or to choose to not love at all. To love God is our choice, if it isn’t a choice, then God’s love would be meaningless.
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