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The Age of Reason

31 August 2012, 10:12

There is a common thread that unites humanity: hatred. And that runs deep. So deep, in fact that we cannot conceive of life without it.

On these pages we have come to see the most scathing criticism poured out on our ideas and, the more reasonably we present them, the more scorn we are forced to endure. Of course there’s a reason for this, and I think I know what it is. People need to feel superior to others – it’s inbuilt, part of our genetic programming, which is why Christians so infuriate the atheist trolls out there. We know we’re not superior, and can never be.

The difference between me and the most pungent hobo living on the streets is not money or education; it is the grace of God.

If I had been born in different circumstances, I would be looking desperately for a drink or any scrap of food I could find. It is unlikely I would be a Christian, except in the loosest sense of the word. If I had the time to ponder the imponderable in the midst of my misery, it would be, ‘If there is a God, why is He letting this happen to me?’

I would be more inclined to atheism if I used less reason, not more.

The fact that I’m a Christian makes me the debtor of every man, and that is, I think, the primary reason the so-called thinkers debunk and try discredit Christianity. I am my brother’s keeper; I am responsible for his welfare, and the more he abuses me, the more I must love him. Why? Because Jesus is Lord, and He has told me, through His word, to do exactly that.

So from now on, in my vocabulary anyway, the word ‘trolls’ is verboten. Unless I’m talking about honest-to-goodness-living-under-the-bridge-eating-the-three-billy-goats-gruff kind of trolls. Then I will gladly use the word, without any theological, ontological or sarcastological sense.

I do not, of course, expect the same treatment in return; that would be asking a bit much, and would reduce to extreme dullness the browsing of these pages. And that would never do.

So, my friends, this is the shortest piece I’ve written in a long time. Enjoy!

Or not.

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