My thoughts on Ted Baehr’s article When People Forget God, Life Is Impoverished:
The problem with rejecting God is that people turn the pursuit of pleasure into the pursuit of pain, even inflicting pain on the least of these in the world, and replace the sharing, caring and giving of love with the selfishness of lust. Lust, like a locust, consumes everything, leaving a vast wasteland in its wake.
Just because people don’t know the god of the Bible doesn’t mean that a wasteland is inevitable.
Why do I say that? Because:
If Ted Baehr is right and “No God = Wasteland,” than the opposite would be true, would it not? There would be Heaven on Earth if everyone let Jesus into their heart?
That is not the world we live in.
The Bible says that not everyone who says “Jesus Christ is lord!” will enter Heaven. (Matthew 7:21) Proving that being a follower of Christ — being a Christian — doesn’t automatically make you a good person.
And since being a Christian doesn’t automatically make you a good person, than doesn’t not being a Christian not automatically make you a bad person, either?
Ted Baehr’s article makes Christians sound like people who moonwalk through life without a worry in the world.
And the reality is: That’s just not true.
Christians waste resources.
Christians take more than they should from the environment.
Christians get pissed.
What I wish more people understood about Christians is that, despite what Christian media tells you…
…Christians are no more perfect than anyone else.
We are all imperfect.
We all fall short.
We all say, at one point or another, “I’m sorry,” or “I failed.”
As a Catholic, do I believe that Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life”? (John 14:6)
But that doesn’t diminish the inherent value of anyone who is not a Catholic, or a member of one of the over 33,000 denominations of Christianity that have existed since the Protestant Reformation:
God created man in His own image.
The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 834)
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, try in their actions to do his will as they know it through the dictates of their conscience – those too may achieve eternal salvation.
(The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Section 847)
…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.
He has put eternity in the human heart.
What I’m trying to say with this post is:
Not being a Christian doesn’t automatically mean that your world will become a wasteland. And being a Christian won’t automatically turn your world into Heaven on Earth.
Keep striving to be the best person you can be, striving to change peoples’ lives for the better, and striving to leave this Earth in a better state than it was in when you arrived. Do all of that with humility, honesty, love, and empathy, always keeping an open mind, and I believe that, at the end of your life, you will be in a happy place.
Not this happy place:
This happy place: The happy place with the clouds and the harps and the doves: