Thursday, October 20, 2005

What did the fool say in his heart?

"Last week a middle-ranking officer of the Salvation Army, who gave up a well-paid job to devote his life to the poor, attempted to convince me that homosexuality is a mortal sin.

Late at night, on the streets of one of our great cities, that man offers friendship as well as help to the most degraded and (to those of a censorious turn of mind) degenerate human beings who exist just outside the boundaries of our society. And he does what he believes to be his Christian duty without the slightest suggestion of disapproval. Yet, for much of his time, he is meeting needs that result from conduct he regards as intrinsically wicked."

At last, an atheist finally admits that religious people are actually better human beings than those who claim that their creed is humanism (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/sep/12/religion.uk).

And yet he still does not see this as proof that God exists but rather as the sort of mental delusion that just so happens to make them better human beings (no surprise there). And that is just one atheist; the others still think they hold the moral high-ground and believe that religious automatically means evil.


What really should give them away is the fact that for some reason he (the atheist who wrote the article, click here) is not treating the criteria for "better human being" as arbitrary, as the rest of his atheist friends claim. Even the paradox of a man who, though he thinks that homosexuality is a mortal sin, would be precisely the one that goes out and helps these "vermin" while their socialist, naturalist and humanist comrades are somewhere cozy in their beds, thinking of nothing else but how much better off humanity would be if religion was eradicated.

Just one atheist, and he will be silenced in time. Nobody would admit that God makes people better human beings. Not even some Christians. I do not believe that Hurricane Katrina and 9/11 are heralding the end times, as some people claim they do. But I do believe that it is the end times because of this:
9"Then people will hand you over to be treated badly and killed. All nations will hate you because of me. 10At that time, many will turn away from their faith. They will hate each other. They will hand each other over to their enemies. 11Many false prophets will appear. They will fool many people. 12Because evil will grow, most people's love will grow cold.

Matthew 24:9––12 (NIrV)

1But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.

II Timothy 3:1––8 (ESV)

Let wars and other natural disasters come; I fear not, for disasters great and small have come and gone. But tell me of the increase of agnosticism, atheism and false Christianity, I shudder in bed at night, pray to God to let my wife and I die before our eyes see such tragedy, and pity my progeny who will have to deal with the "Awful Horror" of people who would admit that God makes people good but would still disbelieve in his existence.

This is true eschatology.

(http://web.archive.org/web/20071017020508/http://pure.typepad.com/x3pure/2005/09/atheists_and_th.html)