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The Christian Atheist

09 November 2012, 14:00
Q. Why do Atheists make fun of Christians?A. Because they BELIEVE they are idiots!

I believe there are many readers on MyNews24, who if they are actually honest with themselves, would classify themselves as Christian Atheists. So what is Christian Atheism I hear you ask? Wikipedia describes Christian atheism is an ideology in which the belief in the God of Christianity is rejected or absent but the moral teachings of Jesus are followed.

Does this make sense? 

We have seen here on MyNews24 very vocal debates from both the Militant Atheists as well as the Fundamental Christians that the other side is wrong and needs to be converted. Atheism has been defined as anything from a lack of belief in God to a total denial of His existence.  Whichever the case, atheism is a growing movement that is becoming more aggressive, more demanding, and less tolerant of anything other than itself. This in itself is dangerous as our basic laws are rooted in the moral teachings handed down primarily from Roman times, and adapted into the broad morality described in the various religious texts like the Torah, Bible and Quran. To reject all religious moral teaching would open up society to a level of anarchy and disorder and this is exemplified in cults like the Church of Satan (created by Anton LaVey) who do not believe in an outside deity but practice self-worship. 

We live in a country which is predominantly Christian but I am sure the concept of Christian Atheism can be expanded to include Jewish Atheism, Muslim Atheism or any other Xian Atheism. The idea of Christian Atheism is that we live in a Christian society, practice Christian traditions and yet agree the scientific evidence against the existence of God is overwhelming. Some people define their belief at this stage along the lines of ‘what if there is a God and so I better worship him – just in case’ (Pascal’s wager). Well – the reality is if you don’t believe 100% without a doubt in God and Jesus – well you are then in the same boat as the Militant Atheist on judgement day according to the Fundamentalist Christians. They want your total, unquestioning obedience and dedication.  But our mind is telling us that the chances of God are so minute, what’s the point of worshiping him for that 0.001% chance he may actually exist. And let’s face it – if he does then all the cool people are going to hell anyway and that’s going to be the fun place to be, not with a bunch of stuck-up Christians. There is also the nagging question of which God actually to worship – I mean there are so many and just being born in a different country means that the choice is likely to fall on different Gods’ totally. 

So for many Christians in this country, religion is more about following the socially accepted norms and going through the motions as expected of us. We all like the idea of a Christmas holiday and do the whole Christmas tree and prezzie thing, even though we know they are actually from Pagan traditions. It’s part of our culture.  And we may even ‘pray’ just in case he may actually hear us – although we feel a bit hipercritical of it because what is the chance of Him listening even if he does exist. Many even go to church regularly, because society and peer pressure expects it. 

Be honest with yourself. Understand both the Atheist as well as the Christian arguments for their standings and beliefs. Accepting that because the Atheists huge and growing body of evidence is becoming overwhelming, it does not mean you have to reject all the good aspects of the Bible and the teachings of a man named Jesus. See him as a very wise teacher (much the way Muslims view him) and accept the parts you believe in, and yet be free to reject the parts you disagree with. Modern society does not have tolerance of so many of the aspect of the Bible regarding issues like homosexuality and gender equality – feel free to make up your own mind on these issues and accept your own moral code.  In the end we will judge ourselves and must be happy with the life we are living. 
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