Note #1: Language.
Note #2: Contains spoilers for Life Is Strange.
Thank you to The Closet Atheist for inspiring me to write this.
Below are excerpts from her post Apologetics 101: Lesson 1 and the thoughts I had while reading them:
Postmodernism says there is no objective truth or reality, but rather, reality is whatever we’re feeling
I mean, it’s good to have some definition of a word, but on its own that does nothing to reassure me that the god of the Bible is who he says he is.
Secularists treat life as if it has no value
This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. It’s basically saying “You can’t be good without God.” And that’s just not true. Why? Because: Atheists are just as capable as Christians of having empathy and showing compassion. Which, ironically, the Bible itself points out: “He has put eternity in the human heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) Not the Christian heart — the human heart.
You don’t have to say “Jesus is lord!” in order to fight to defend your country from fascists. You don’t have to say “Jesus is lord!” in order to slip $5 into the hand of a homeless person. You don’t have to say “Jesus is lord!” in order to cry at the funeral for a family member.
I could go on, but I’ll stop there.
We all have a “God-hole” that can’t be filled by stuff
In life, we’re always wanting more.
To repeat what I said in Is Humanity Pagan?:
There is no climax to end all climaxes.
Without God, man tries to rise to become a god himself
As someone who struggles with pride, I can tell you for a fact that, even with God, “man tries to rise to become a god himself[.]”
Money can’t save us; it hasn’t fixed poverty or other problems of our world, so why should we expect it to? (note: neither has prayer)
I agree that money is, ultimately, not the solution to societal ills like poverty. A change of mindset is. Throwing money at a person who isn’t motivated to make their own isn’t going to lift that person out of their circumstances.
And prayer by itself won’t save us, either. Because:
“Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)
The reason why people don’t believe in God is because they don’t want to be obedient
I wouldn’t be surprised if that was some person’s reason for not wanting to believe in a power higher than themselves.
But, if you actually talk to atheists (like the Bible says to do — Matthew 5:14 — 16) you’ll find that that is not the case for everyone.
A Christian college can’t make you a godly person
On a related note: 5 Insane Realities At My Fundamentalist Christian College
Revelation from God provides a “truth detector” from error and falsehood which arise from a man-made doctrinal base
It’s hard discerning what is an apparent “Revelation from God” and what is, in fact, nonsense someone pulled out of their ass.
The world’s knowledge is limited by the mind of man and his imagination, while the mind of God is infinite and unlimited
I agree. We don’t know it all.
How boring would life be if we did?
When you’re trapped on a desert island, it’s more useful to have a Bible than fire (I think this was implied but not directly stated)
Depends: Is the island overrun with White Walkers?
Seriously, though: Depending on the circumstances, if I had to choose between a Bible or fire, I’d pick fire.
For example: If the person I’m stranded with is going to die of exposure before they have a chance to hear the Good News, unless there’s a miracle, a Bible isn’t going to warm them up.
Morality is objective and comes from the Bible
Which version of the Bible are we talking about here?
Because if it’s the King James Bible, you’re telling me that for over 1,611 years (at least) people didn’t know that killing your neighbor isn’t generally something you should do? It’s a wonder anyone lasted long enough to hear such a revelation…
Seriously, though: While I consider the Bible to be the source of much of what I consider moral, morality does not come from the pages of the Bible alone.
What I mean when I say that is: You don’t have to look long to find codes of conduct that predate, or come after, the words written in the Bible.
Regarding morality: There’s a reason the 10 Commandments say “Thou shalt not kill” and not “Never kill” — because there are circumstances where the moral thing to do is kill.
If a bullet is the only way to save a mother and her child from the person who has invaded their home, than pull the trigger.
Mormon beliefs and practices are really bizarre (because Christianity is so not bizarre?)
Why single out Mormons?
And I agree: Christianity can be bizarre.
But, you know what? Life is strange, so a strange worldview suits me just fine.
Don’t be a “silent witness”; rather, go up to people and start a conversation in order to find what makes them tick so that you can try to convert them to Christianity
Let your actions speak louder than your words.
A lot of people don’t believe that they’re lost and think they’re a good person
I don’t believe anyone is “lost.”
We’re all on a journey, even if we don’t know for sure what is at the top of the mountain we’re climbing.
Keep seeking what is good, true, and beautiful, and I believe you will one day find yourself in the presence of the creator of all that is good, true, and beautiful.
“Holy tension” is when the Bible doesn’t make sense like when Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt (but if God wants to do things like that, then He can)
I thought Lot’s wife turning to salt made sense. God said “Don’t do the thing.” And what did Lot’s wife do? She did the thing.
On the other hand: Why a pillar of salt? God has infinite options for condemning disobedience, and that’s what He goes with? OK.
Unbelievers will be encouraged to examine the evidence for theism
The question is: For what purpose?
Liberals relegate scripture as myth, legend, or fable in order to discount the veracity of the Bible
Examples of “Liberals” please.
“The skies declare His glory – HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE SKY?” (Checkmate, atheists!)
The beauty of the world is one reason I believe in a god.
But: Different strokes for different folks.
You can’t change people’s minds, only the Holy Spirit can do that; you can only point them in the right direction
I believe that God, being God, allows all things to be possible since all things, ultimately, have their source in Him.
However: I don’t see how a person will come to believe in God without using their free will. After all: Just like how you can’t force someone to love you, you can’t force someone to believe in you. Which it sounds like what the Holy Spirit is doing here — flipping the “I believe in God” switch in your brain itself.
“The virgin birth is true because God” (I specifically pointed out to myself in my notes that this was a direct quote from my teacher)
Noah’s Ark is hard to understand, but we can believe it, because believing something comes before understanding it, not the other way around
I agree. Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a leap of faith.
For example: If I’m slowly dying, and my best friend says they’re going to help me, than for the sake of our friendship I’m going to trust that the person who says “I have your best interests at heart” really does have my best interests at heart. After all: I don’t want to lose my best friend like Max lost Chloe:
For more: Chloe, Euthanasia, and Seeing All Ends
We don’t understand wind either, but we believe that it’s there because we can see its effects!
Really? That’s the best you can do?
One difference between God and the wind: Wind destroys mindlessly, and God does not.
Hurricane Harvey wasn’t sentient; it wasn’t aware that it was passing through Houston.
I want my tuition money back.