So I saw a post on the blog, Is there a God titled, why does it have to be a war? And my initial reaction to this post was one of agreement that it doesn’t have to be a war or a war of words. However that opinion of mine is starting to change.
I sit in church almost every Sunday and occasionally do a mid-week bible study with the wife, and I can now understand why some atheist Hate religion and especially the Church. Because out of one side of their mouth they will say I love you to your face, but out of the other side of their mouth in the pulpit; the unbeliever will be spoken about as something disgusting that needs to be cleansed. That doubt and unbelief is a sin and of the worst kinds of sin. And yes that is something that I have heard on a Sunday morning.
At times it feels like my position on the existence of God is spoken of so negatively that one would think I am their enemy. But when its all over, its hugs and smiles.
It’s almost like that mentality. You are either with us or against us. And I can see it on both sides. Its hard to come to a common ground when the bible itself says that it would prefer you either hot or cold. And that the bible says that there is only one thong worst than an atheist. (I Timothy 5:8) But all others rapists, terrorist, child molesters are much preferable company than an atheist. The Bible even equates the unbelieving atheist to lawlessness, wickedness, and darkness. (II Corinthians 6:14-15) It even goes so far as to say a Christian should not even eat with someone who has rejected the gospel. And let’s not forget the all to infamous Old Testament scripture where it implies to kill those who don’t hold to the same faith.
All one needs to do is read the old testament to see how mad God got when his people the Israelites compromised their faith and beliefs. And let’s be honest with ourselves, religion at its fundamental core is uncompromising and unwavering. Not just in christianity, but in all the Abrahamic religions. As the bible says, the I am the way, “The truth, and the light. No one can come to the father except through me.” And how can anyone compromise or even befriend that mentality.
In all fairness, atheist are not completely innocent either in that some feel (mostly just the new atheist movement) that it is okay to mock and ridicule the Christian. That the entire institute of religion is a handicap upon our world. At first I thought this was a very radical standpoint, but not so much anymore. As Christopher Hitchens persuades; religion is a plague upon our societies unlike no other. That in the general thinking of these two mind sets; atheism and Christianity. We can’t both be right. One of us has to be wrong.
As Sam Harris says in his letter to a Christian nation, that we should “...be honest with ourselves: in the fullness of time, one side is really going to win this argument, and the other side is really going to lose.“
As I am only one man giving my opinion. I’ve never had a personally bad experience with religion until I was on the outside of religion. Yet in my short experience there is no compromise and yes it is a war ( of words). And it appears to me that its the (radical) religious that declared it.