Ever been told that you should ‘Live by faith and not by Fear’? If this is how Christians are to live, then why do they fear that which contradicts God, or the word of the Bible? There’s having faith that a God exists, and there’s dismissing an abundance of evidence that perhaps God isn’t the divine creator after all. Many dismiss other possibilities through fear of being wrong, or through blatant, wilful ignorance.
What is there to gain by rejecting the truth over faith?
Faith is derived from Latin (Fidēs), which meant a relationship of confidence and trust between God and humans, and they are usually highly impressionable people who have acceptance of divine authority, and usually do so without questioning why. In Buddhism though, faith arises from accumulated experience and reasoning, who’s ultimate goal is to seek enlightenment through wisdom, or ‘awakening‘ which is the literal definition of Buddhism. So why has Christianity decided to choose blind faith over wisdom, and belief over the urge to obtain evidence? Is it because they think that’s the only way to gain salvation, and to question God, questions their faith? How can you justify that which you can’t question?
You’ve all had a theist tell you that with God’s word, only a believer can have objective morality, and I’ve covered this Why religious people can’t be objective. Religion, faith and the belief associated with it is subjective, as it’s without irrefutable evidence, and people‘s definitions of text, and gospel vary. Even translations of the Bible vary, and there are many. Each person that translated it either worded it differently, or used their subjective opinion. Take the quotes below as examples.
New International Version
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
New Living Translation
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”
Contemporary English Version
Then the LORD said, “I won’t let my life-giving breath remain in anyone forever. No one will live for more than 120 years.”
As you can see, in just a handful of words, the translations are dramatically different, so which version of text are you supposed to have faith in? It’s not even accurate as Jeanne Calment lived until she was 122 years old.
Theists often claim that naturalists and materialists are blinded by pseudoscience, and some even go so far as to suggest that science is an atheists’ religion. For something to qualify as a religion you must have faith, and the desire to worship.
Science is the systematic, unbiased study of the Universe through observation, and repeatable experimentation, and research.
Modern science is broken down into three categories:
The scientific method involves strict observation and strong scepticism. There are generally eight steps before reaching a conclusion.
• Identify Problem
• Form A Hypothesis
• Plan Experiment
• Perform Experiment
• Analyse Data
• Form A Conclusion
• Communicate Results
Upon communicating the results, they are usually independently repeated, and face rigorous scrutiny, and if accepted they become a scientific theory. Science doesn’t deal with proof, as proof is final and forever be the truth, but nothing is certain as technology and understanding will always advance and what is said to be proof, might over time be falsified. Science deals with the most accepted explanation from available alternatives.
Earlier today I was involved in a debate with a Creationist who claimed the Earth is 6,500 years old, and the human race originated from Adam and Eve. I informed him that there are currently over 600 languages spoken, diverse racial cultures and archaeological evidence which predates 6,500 years ago, especially within Asian cultures like ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. How in 6,500 years has humanity evolved from Israelites, to Japanese, Chinese, Black, Arabic, Caucasian, Hispanic, Aborigines, Samoan, Maori, Capoid and Mongoloid? The Paleo-Hebrew alphabet dates back as far as 10,000 BCE, which clearly pre-dates the Creationism theory.
So where do Dinosaurs fit into all of this? Ken Ham is quite confident that Dinosaurs co-existed with humans, despite the evidence that Dinosaurs went extinct 66,000,000 years ago. I’m sure that you’ll agree that it’s terribly frustrating when despite being given a mountain of evidence, it’s rejected because it affects their narrative.
“Fundamentalist Christianity: fascinating. These people actually believe that the world is six thousand years old. Swear to God. Based on what? I asked them.
“Well, we looked at all the people in the Bible and we added ’em up all the way back to Adam and Eve, their ages? Six thousand years.”
“Well, how fucking scientific, OK. I didn’t know that you’d gone to so much trouble there. That’s good. You believe the world’s six thousand years old?”
“OK, I got one word to ask you, a one word question, ready?”
You know, the world’s six thousand years old and dinosaurs existed, and existed in that time, you’d think it would been mentioned in the fucking Bible at some point:
And O, Jesus and the disciples walked to Nazareth. But the trail was blocked by a giant brontosaurus… with a splinter in its paw. And the disciples did run a-screamin’. “What a big fucking lizard, Lord!”
“I’m sure gonna mention this in my book,” Luke said.
“Well, I’m sure gonna mention it in my book,” Matthew said.
But Jesus was unafraid. And he took the splinter from the brontosaurus paw, and the brontosaurus became his friend. And Jesus sent him to Scotland where he lived in a loch, O so many years, attracting fat American families with their fat fuckin’ dollars to look for the Loch Ness Monster. And O the Scots did praise the Lord: “Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!”
Six thousand years old. But I actually asked this guy, “OK, dinosaur fossils– how does that fit into your scheme of life? What’s the deal?” He goes:
“God put those here to test our faith.”
“I think God put you here to test my faith, dude. I think I’ve figured this out.”
Does that– That’s what this guy said. Does that bother anyone here? The idea that God might be fucking with our heads? Anyone have trouble sleeping restfully with that thought in their head? God’s running around burying fossils: “Ho ho! We’ll see who believes in me now, ha ha! I’m a prankster God. I am killing me, ho ho ho!” You know? You die, you go to St. Peter:
“Did you believe in dinosaurs?”
“Well, yeah. There were fossils everywhere. (trapdoor opens) Aaaaarhhh!”
“You fuckin’ idiot! Flying lizards? You’re a moron. God was fuckin’ with you!”
“It seemed so plausible, aaaaaahh!”
“Enjoy the lake of fire, fucker!”
They believe this. But you ever notice how people who believe in Creationism usually look pretty unevolved. Eyes really close together, big furry hands and feet? “I believe God created me in one day.” Yeah, looks like he rushed it.
Such a weird belief. Lots of Christians wear crosses around their necks. You think when Jesus comes back he’s gonna want to see a fucking cross, man? “Ow.” Might be why he hasn’t shown up yet.
“Man, they’re still wearing crosses. Fuck it, I’m not goin’ back, Dad. No, they totally missed the point. When they start wearing fishes, I might show up again, but… let me bury fossils with you, Dad. Fuck ’em, let’s fuck with ’em! Hand me that brontosaurus head, Dad.‘ – Bill Hicks