Following The Evidence #17

It is true that religion has caused many of the world’s problems. Religion caused the death of Jesus! As one reads the biographical record of Jesus by 4 of His disciples it becomes clear that Jesus clashed with religion. True Christianity is very different to religion. Religion kills people, often mistakenly in the name of the God they think they are serving. Jesus taught a better way! As we follow the evidence, remember the words of Jesus, “3 And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” True Christianity walks in the footsteps of Jesus (1 Pet 2:21).

Zealous atheism magnifies some of the worst features of apostate Christianity and radical Islam. Just as much as these radical forms of religion, it is a project of universal conversion by force and coercion. Evangelical atheists never doubt that human life can be transformed if everyone accepts their view of things, and they are certain that one way of living – their own, suitably embellished – is right for everybody.

Atheism need not be a missionary creed of this kind and is not for all its adherents. Of course, it is entirely reasonable to have no religious beliefs, and yet be friendly to spiritual people. It is a funny sort of humanism that condemns an impulse that is peculiarly human (to know our creator). Yet that is what evangelical atheists do when they demonise religion.

“He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Eccl 3:11. Some of us will reach the end of our lives and find out what fools we have been. We will have wasted away eternity in the space of a few short, fleeting years. We are the slaves of life and we drag our shackles with us from day to day, while life, like water, runs through our fingers. We stand in the valley between the snow-capped peaks of two eternities. God wants to take you to the threshold of eternity and bid you look beyond.

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