Are all atheists bitter, angry, ranty individuals? They seem to splutter out more hatred (for faith and ‘religion’) towards their fellow man than any ‘religious’ group of bigots I’ve seen? I am yet to meet an atheist who has the first elementary clue about the Christian faith.
It’s really starting to bug me.
Don’t get me wrong. I think the ‘church’ is hugely to blame for this but the shocking levels of sheer ignorance amongst atheists is clearly leading them to get their collective pants twisted about nothing at all (according to them!). Why get so hot under the collar about something you don’t believe in?
The god they so passionately hate, the ‘blind’ faith of millions of people that so drastically raises their blood pressure has been extremely badly represented, it is true. So I will accept they are not entirely to blame for their misguided views, but please, could an atheist who actually understand the Bible, understands faith and understands science step forward for a grown up debate? (Tumbleweed…….)
Here are a few of my own thoughts, ever-evolving (nice wee pun to lighten the mood) and here for you to debate, agree, argue, whatever you like.
Let’s stop being intellectually bullied by evangelical zealots who seem to want to make it their life’s good work to strip people of their faith and love for God.
1 – Evolution. Stop telling Christians that there is no creator because we all crawled out of the sea. What a load of nonsense. If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? Okay, that’s a cheeky one. But simply put – why can’t God create evolution? There has to be a Chemist operating the chemistry set. No? Wow, so you believe that the world is one big chemistry set that somehow organises itself to create bangs, whistles and pops and out comes humankind? Another analogy? Well, even once you’ve identified and named every ingredient in a cake, and can explain with big long words how the baking process transforms the gooey batter into a fluffy heaven that Delia would be proud of, you still need something with the power and intellect to combine them in the right quantity and order and put them in an oven to bake- a cake cannot bake itself just because you’ve figured out all the ingredients. That’s some blind faith you’ve got there Mr. Atheist. Impressive.
2 – The Big Bang. So, something can go bang without matter? I don’t think so. ‘Nothing’ cannot create something. ‘Nothing’ is not an agent. All the laws of gravity and physics you like still are simply laws and theory, they are not executing agents. Newton’s apple would have fallen off the tree whether he figured out the law of gravity or not. The apple did not wait for him to declare that gravity was operating as a physical law, before jumping willingly to the ground. Newton’s apple also had to originate from matter. To quote CS Lewis – no amount of book-keeping ever produced one farthing. Science is an observer and a commentator – it is not a creator. So if you heard a bang, it was my head off a brick wall with this one.
3 – Morals. We don’t need a god because humans have a shared intrinsic moral law. Really? Tell that to a salivating cannibal. Just kidding. If your mother/child/partner was brutally murdered – so what Mr Athiest? So what?? That murderer is simply exercising his right to kill should he or she so wish to. No? It’s ‘wrong’? Says who? What if your mother/child/partner was brutally murdered whilst trying to brutally murder someone else? Was your beloved’s brutal murder now ‘less wrong’? Or consider this of your animal kingdom which you seem to believe is morally on a par with humankind: Ever watched a lion shred a deer to smithereens prior to tucking in? Pretty brutal murder huh? Why is it not murder? Because it’s a hungry animal? So, hang on, are you saying one moral law for mankind and none for creatures? Why? We’re just animals too aren’t we…..?
4 – Science. God is now redundant, because we have science. Oh please. Refer to the chemistry set point above. God is not a ‘god of the gaps’ with his position to be slowly downsized to nothing as our clever dick scientists discover genes, cells and atoms we didn’t know we had and how they work. Science and faith are not, and never have been, and never will be diametrically opposed.
5 – Creation. The biggie. Surely no sane person could accept, now that we have the luxury of carbon-dating and fossils etc that the world was created 2000 years ago and in, gasp, seven days. Well, no dear. If you ever bother to actually read the Bible – it says that ‘In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth’.. this was outside and in advance of the ‘seven days’ of creation. I.e. the earth is the age the earth is. God never said any different and Christians who know what they’re on about never said anything different either. Seven days? What, Monday to Saturday with His holy feet up on the Sunday watching cricket. If God is an omnipresent being who ‘always was’ then maybe, just maybe, the reference to seven days was for our dim benefit, to describe an extremely complex process – in fact THE most complex process – so that we could even begin to wrap our teeny minds around – i.e. a shining example of when the Bible was not to be taken literally. There are many of those, but I’ll stop there for now!
To sum up.
1 – Read the Bible and ask some intelligent questions before deciding you’re an expert on scripture just because you were once forced to sing Give Me Oil In My Lamp at school.
2 – Don’t be so ignorant to assume that science is an opponent of faith. They are utterly compatible.
3 – Re point 1 above – until you’ve understood the Bible, don’t think for one minute you have the right to decide when to take it literally and without the first clue about the authors (all 30+ of them) and the context, culture and motivations of their subject matter.