The internet has opened a whole slew of avenues to obtain information, meet new people, and read up on different ideas. Until recently though (roughly about the time I started this blog) I had never had constant contact with individuals from the atheist community. Wow have things changed. Today I read (daily) atheist commentaries and I even contribute on a very popular atheist blog (as the Christian Contributor of course).
Well, after reading countless posts about why Christians are futile in their beliefs, I feel the need to do a post on my own blog for the select amount of people (that’s you) that happen to find it. Some of you may cry “foul” at some of my thoughts, claiming that I am unfairly lumping all atheists into one category, when in reality, atheists are diverse in beliefs and convictions. Note that I do not do this out of ignorance, but out of simplicity… similar to the way atheists tend to write negatively about “all” Christian viewpoints, but then only attack the fundamentalist viewpoint of Christianity. Funny thing is, most atheists were former fundamentalists (no wonder they lost their faith).
So like I said, this post is my attempt to express a displeasure I have with atheists. Time and time again, I read atheist posts that attempt to chip away at Christianity using empirical methodology and other inappropriate (scientific) methods for examining religion. And no matter how “open-minded” the atheist is, there is always an air of superiority… as if they have reached a higher intelligence, and us believers are simpletons willing to believe anything we are told by mom and pop. An atheist generally states that they fell away from religion because they “couldn’t reconcile the inconsistencies, no matter how hard they tried”, or they “logically couldn’t continue to believe in something so contradictory”, etc, etc.
Notice how statements such as those imply that believers must be illogical or just plain stupid for believing in “inconsistencies”. Sure, the intent may not be to belittle us simpletons called believers, but it is so blatantly obvious that it makes me gag.
*sigh* it is quite frustrating.
Some of the greatest minds in the history of the world recognized God, the Godliness of Jesus, and/or the likelihood of a Divine Creator. (Augustine, Pascal, C.S. Lewis, Kant, Einstein… to name a few). Many people who become believers have done so after immense thought and consideration. In fact, there are many atheists who *gasp* convert to religion and see the validity of it in their lives!
If you are a believer and plan on reading atheist commentary, make sure you have a thick skin because you will be hit with insult after insult (sometimes directly, other times indirectly).
My note to atheists:
your theist counterparts aren’t stupid, many are very intelligent (possibly more intelligent than yourself). Don’t fool yourself into believing you contain superior intellect, cognitive, or rational abilities.
Some of you may be surprised at the tone of this message (especially coming from a Christian). However, there is no rule that Christians must always be ‘nice’ (Jesus was hardly nice at times). Sometimes the truth cannot be seen when it is wrapped in pink wrapping paper – sometimes it just needs to be raw, and in your face.
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