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Religious pessimism

Read the following perceptions of life, one under a God and one without. Taken from this blog.

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If I believe: I am created in God’s image, corrupted by sin but redeemed by grace, and then I have a hopeful future because I trust in Christ alone. If God is Creator, then: the Universe contains absolutes in both science and morality. My salvation and future are secure by faith in Christ. Acts 16:31: “And they (Paul and Silas) said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…’” Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13: “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” The Bible has many more verses that promise security through faith in Christ. What we believe directly affects how we behave, and our behavior impacts people and culture around us. Faith in Christ produces moral behavior based on the truths of Scripture.

If I believe: I came from dirt and will go back to dirt when I die, then: when life ends it had no meaning, and I have no hope for a future beyond the grave. If the universe is random, then: it contains no moral absolutes, and all rules can be created by human opinion. People who believe in “dirt to dirt” often despair to death by committing suicide. The logical outworking of “dirt to dirt” is hopelessness, frustration, and, ultimately, death, because all people die! No one escapes this life alive! When we teach our children, as our public education system does, that they came from dirt, are going to dirt, and life has no meaning, how can you expect moral behavior? How can they have hope in the future that ends in annihilation? You’re just a sophisticated animal evolved from pond scum. They behave like the animals they are told they are. They believe “Live for today, for tomorrow we die!”

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So there we have it, another depressingly pessimistic view of a world without God.

Firstly, let’s say the first outlook on life (God being present) is a better view. This does not provide any evidence in support. I think a world filled with Marvel characters would be fun. So what? Does this prove that Marvel characters exist? No.

Next, let’s look at the opening sentence of the same scenario:

I am created in God’s image, corrupted by sin but redeemed by grace, and then I have a hopeful future because I trust in Christ alone

That is meant to be optimistic? I couldn’t think of anything worse. To be told I am corrupted by sin from birth is not something I will tell my children, nor should it be taught in schools.

What we believe directly affects how we behave, and our behavior impacts people and culture around us. Faith in Christ produces moral behavior based on the truths of Scripture.

There is some truth in this, what we are told to believe does affect our behaviour. So when we are told we are corrupted by sin, how are we going to behave?

If God is Creator, then: the Universe contains absolutes in both science and morality.

Is that so? How do we know so much about this God? For all we know he could be a rebel teenage God in the multiverse starting up our universe for shits and giggles. Condoned for doing so by the multiverse community and during our creation adopting some flawed scientific laws and immorality. Would you automatically assume God possesses perfect morality?

Now to the non religious view:

People who believe in “dirt to dirt” often despair to death by committing suicide.

Sorry, what?

When we teach our children, as our public education system does, that they came from dirt, are going to dirt, and life has no meaning, how can you expect moral behavior?

Well don’t worry, as far as I’m aware kids educated in schools with low church attendance do not burn said schools to the ground. I did not know a single student at school that believed in God. My religious education teachers were atheist. One teacher in my entire school life told me he was Christian and showed signs of religious belief. No mass shootings. No murders. No rioting. Comparing it to the problems of mass shootings in the States, a largely Christian country, is a non religious society really any more prone to instability or violence?

Please feel free to read the post yourself and add your thoughts.

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