AdamHope recently wrote an article “A Study on Atheism for Christians” which got me thinking… (http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/A-Study-on-Atheism-for-Christians-20131105 )
“The atheist want to build a society without God and His influence on people, vigorously trying to destroy any voice depicting any “other” (than the atheist agenda) envisioned outcome.”
No, no and no. First off, what agenda? Whilst some of the more militant (for want of a better description) atheists might want to see all churches turned into something which they deem more useful, it appears that the majority of atheists, certainly from what I have understood on this forum, merely want children to be taught actual facts. They would like our laws and policies to be free of religious influence. As far as personal beliefs are concerned, I would say that most atheists do not give a rat’s patootie about your personal beliefs – so long as you don’t try to force your personal beliefs onto anyone else.
Adam talks about this apparent atheist desire to be “free men”, which presumably means “men without God”, which he then translates into meaning that everyone can basically do whatever they feel like doing, providing that individual does not violate the freedoms of society. Adam clearly does not understand that we are all ALREADY “free men/women”, and that we may ALREADY do as we please so long as we do not violate the laws of our society/country.
“The atheist agenda endeavour to instil a conscience of morality in the future generation by giving them a non-religious education in morality.”
The question, according to Adam, then becomes “how do you enforce a moral conscience upon a young person who is without the understanding ( knowledge) of his actions”. I almost got lost at this point. As a parent, I do not correct my child’s actions with the words “God said you mustn’t do that”. I correct my child by explaining WHY whatever he is doing is wrong – he will hurt someone, he will hurt himself, the item does not belong to him etc. I have never said to a child that “God said No”. Religious beliefs simply do not come into it. We all teach our children the difference between right and wrong, and those “rights” and “wrongs” are based on what our laws and society say, not on what the Bible says. The fact that the Bible says we must not steal is coincidental to the fact that our laws and society in general say we must not steal. If we were to operate purely on what the Bible says, then we could all still own slaves, beat and mutilate people for minor infringements etc. Thank God our laws are NOT purely Bible based. (And just as an aside – anyone who tells a child that they will go to hell, or that they have made Jesus sad, is using emotional blackmail in the most cruel way possible.)
“God rewards “God fearing biblical good behaviour” and punishes bad (disobedient to God/sin) behaviour at Judgement Day.”
I find it unutterably sad that someone could view this statement as a reason for believing in God. The very thought of living one’s life purely for “Judgement Day” seems to be such a waste of a life. I suddenly find myself understanding the continual atheist questions about why Christians bother to continue living at all, given that some Christians appear to be merely waiting, in limbo, for the Rapture.
Adam goes on to talk of “bar-coded men” – a not-so-subtle reference to the supposed “mark of the beast”, end times, Armageddon, whatever. I call it fear-mongering. Again, how very sad that some people seem to need fear as a motivation to live a good, honest life.
I won’t go into the very long list, as supplied by Adam, of wicked so-called atheists. We all know the truth of those names, and for those who do not know, Google is your friend.
I feel for the Adams of this world. I believe that they are, for the most part, genuine in their beliefs, and sincere in their desire to bring others to their faith. Unfortunately, they seem to be unable to understand that some people have “been there, done that” and would rather bleach their eyeballs than do it again… There is a lack of comprehension that we are all our own people, we can all make our own decisions, and we are all free, yes, FREE, to choose whichever path we wish to be on.
My sympathy for the Adams of this world comes to an abrupt halt at times, though – when there is a lack of honesty, when there is a disinclination to respond to a “difficult” question, when the evasions and obfuscations start creeping in… There is no shame in saying that you simply do not know the answer. There is no shame is admitting that a comment made by an opposing party is true or apt. And there is no shame in admitting that there are many atheists who manage to be good and decent people without a belief in God.
Adam, I do believe you are sincerely and genuinely trying to “save people from themselves” and “bring them to God”. I am glad that you have your faith, and that you derive comfort and strength from it. However, you need to try to accept that there is no secret agenda to remove God from your world – only you can remove God from your world, Adam, no-one else can. Just as you are free to believe whatever you choose to believe, so is everyone else free to make their choices.
To each his own.