Archive | June, 2013

Is Christianity the Cause of the World’s Problems?

18 Jun

I saw the following comment on a fellow blogger’s site, and felt compelled to record my own feelings on my blog.  The comment was in response to a piece called “Keep Your Faith to Yourself” . . . . Only If You’re Christian on http://quinersdiner.com/2013/06/12/keep-your-faith-to-yourself-only-if-youre-christian/#comment-10959

The comment from the reader is a bit off topic, but it evoked a strong response from me anyway, and I thought I’d give the comment and my feelings about it here.

 This is the reader’s comment:

“This won’t get published because you can’t allow reality in here, but I have to point out that you aren’t getting any sympathy from the atheists that you (christians) have been pissing all over for centuries, even in a country where it is supposedly not legal. In the broader scale of justice, you guys need a pretty good kicking around for things like the Spanish Inquisition and the other brutal theocratic destruction you have perpetrated on everyone else, the the [sic] chances of that happening (and the REAL injustices being righted) are about the same as me winning the lottery.”

 My “response” to this comment:

Real Christians acknowledge the failings of men in power to embrace the true mission of the Christian Church at many points throughout the last 2000 years, and Christians use those lessons to try to protect themselves and the church from being similarly misled.

In the same manner, I hope that it is as easy for you to see the great blessings that Christianity has brought to civilization (particularly Western civilization) through the centuries as it is for you to see Christianity’s mis-applications.  It is a religion that has brought positive hope, comfort and purpose to billions of people throughout the world and across the ages, and continues to do so today.

Embrace your “reality” if you want to, but understand (and I’m sure you do) that the Christ’s teachings run directly counter to horrible, brutal episodes within the Crusades, the Inquisitions, the Protestant/Catholic “wars”, and even in less pervasive, but still disturbing, incidents today.

Every ideology [or philosophy, or theology] that is good at its core can be twisted by bad men into something ugly. However, atheism troubles me as an ideology that, almost by definition, lacks even a coordinated, guiding moral core, and, when taken to its logical conclusion, suggests that man is nothing more than an accidental creation of nature that, in “reality”, has no more reason/right to live or die than an ant.  We see this sort of disrespect for human life time and again, across the globe, through the ages – even WITH dominating religions of peace and love and respect.  Imagine what horrors would prevail if atheism was the dominant ideology, and the only reason to keep people alive was because they were useful to us.

This scary thought is perhaps not a good reason to create systems of gods and eternities out of thin air (or maybe it really is), but I am very glad that God led me from that amoral atheistic never-land into a reasoned acceptance of the truth within Christianity.

“An abject failure of imagination . . .”

5 Jun

Not always a fan of Michelle Malkin — she seems sometimes like a rabid dog on the attack.  On the other hand, it very often feels as though she is right on target.  In an essay describing her concern about the “unauthorized” iris scans of students that occurred recently, she made the following statement that I thought was so well said that I would repeat it here.  These days, it seems to apply to literally dozens of scenarios.

She said:

“Those who scoff at us ‘paranoid’ parents for pushing back at Big Brother in the classroom suffer from an abject failure of imagination about government tyranny.”

I love this statement — “an abject failure of imagination about government tyranny”.

Doesn’t this just perfectly sum up our frustrations with regard to all those who think conservatives are simply “overreaching” in their pursuit of truth re:  Benghazi, the IRS, targeted journalists, Fast and Furious, do-nothing gun control bills, alternative energy, etc., etc. [see my former posts on “overreaching].

And our frustrations in regard to all those low-information voters out there who continue to find it impossible to believe that the Obama Administration would do anything that would erode our liberty?

They have “an abject failure of imagination about government tyranny”, and one day we will slip over an edge from which there is no return.  But we will be “safe” — safe in the arms of an overprotective government that wants to direct our every move and thought.