In conversation on the subject of world religions, believing in certain faiths puts one directly at odds with what the various disciplines have taught us about the world in which we live. For example, being a Mormon means going against geneticists and their evidence to do with the origin of the Native Americans. Believing in certain strains of folk Hinduism brings the believer into butting heads with the devotee of modern cosmology, for serious religious fervour you may even begin battles with the round-earthers (I’m giving them a pejorative label already!) The folk believer’s problems aren’t the Mormon’s and either group may have perfectly reasonable answers to the objections they’re confronted with (or not). The point however isn’t to rundown or dismiss my friends in faith, rather I’m writing we’re met by such diversity of religious beliefs that to attempt to dismiss religions as being homogeneous or somehow uniform is to miss the point entirely. Let’s examine that with a post of mine from Twitter recently.
Character limit? What limit?! Anyway, when an atheist ignores our above point, the arguments by which world religions have their evidential platforms, how many scientific and philosophic disciplines are they discounting? Well, they’re rejecting the value of 1) modern cosmology, 2) physics, 3) theoretical physics, 4) genetics, 5) history, 6) archaeology (we could go on), which in response turns away men like Einstein and Stephen Hawking as strange appendages who aren’t involved in serious disciplines. Why would anyone take such drastic measures? Insofar as I’ve found, it’s simply an act of defending oneself against the truth of God’s word. Remember, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness,”
Is this something you share on the streets or your workplace? Sure, in an in general way, functioning as an example. However, context matters, in most cases (not all) let’s not be accusatory and hurt the people we’re here to help. Let’s keep in mind “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” If the message is hid, it’s hid to those who are perishing, and I personally don’t want them to perish. We’re writing to people who in general don’t want God, they’re not praying, giving alms, hungering for God and a change in their lives, they’re not Cornelius (Acts 10). Rather they’re blinded and want to remain that way, because hey, it’s bright opening one’s eyes, it’s uncomfortable. So let’s be long-suffering if the atheist’s are clinging to the kinds of thought forms which help keep their minds closed, it’s a spiritual problem which requires pastoral care just so much as thorough scholarship.*
In closing, God bless everyone, have a great day, remember as important as debate and appealing to the fallen sinner is, leaving them before they harden their heart is just as vital. “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” Love ’em and leave ’em.
― T. C. M