Christians deep down

Christians say that all we need to believe is faith. We need to have faith that God is there, that he loves us. If we let him into our hearts, he will enter and it will be glorious.

But this isn’t what Christians really believe. They aren’t motivated by their so-called love or belief in their particular, cultural god. No. What motivates them is a hatred for science and rationality and reason. They refuse to let any of these things into their minds. They don’t want to have to answer to known facts or complicated ethical problems or fundamental errors in their belief system.

Deep down Christians know there is no God. They know that science has shown the world, for all intents and purposes, to be an atheistic one. They really do know that the Universe is 13.7 billion years old, that it is governed by understandable laws, that because of quantum mechanics and a law like gravity, there must be a Universe. They really do know that life is 3.9 billion years old, that it came from a simple replicator, that the why behind life is that genes will necessarily replicate as a population so long as they are able to do so. They really do know that humans are incidental, that natural selection does not demand we ever exist, and in fact, that it says our odds of being here would virtually disappear if the tape of life were to be re-run. They really do know that all that matters is what we do with the lives we have now because these are the only lives we will ever have. They really do know that things like love and sympathy and empathy and values and morality and all those special connections so many of us have with one another are what drive our goodwill. They really do know all these things and more.

But Christians will deny. They will deny it until the very end. The idea that science and reason and rationality have prevailed – not may prevail or will prevail, but have prevailed – hits at their very core. It destroys them to know that what they fundamentally hate is king of all. As H. L. Mencken once said,

The truth that survives is simply the lie that is pleasantest to believe.

How many Christians are likely to find this post highly objectionable and wholly offensive? Perhaps all? Good. Now maybe we can stop hearing about how much atheists really deep down just hate God.

7 Responses

  1. I don’t find it objectionable or offensive and I don’t think you ‘hate’ God, after all not believing in something is not hatred.

    I find that most of what you have said makes no difference to my beliefs whatsoever, nor do I find most of it in conflict.

    I’m not really seeing any particular need to defend any specific beliefs at this point. If Bob (henceforth known as that bastard in Florida, even though they do have a freeze warning he doesn’t have any snowblowing to do) can come up with something I’ll defend what I can.

    I just don’t find any issues with the age or composition of the universe.

  2. I think I have about 14 inches right now, but there’s some wind so who knows.

  3. Part of my point about the age of the Universe includes the idea that it came about naturally, something with which all Christians necessarily disagree, but I digress.

    The point here, and I’m happy (and not surprised) that you got it, is that it is offensive to claim that an atheist worldview is really just based upon hatred of God. That is no more believable than the idea that a Christian worldview is based upon an inherently hatred of science or reason or rationality.

  4. I don’t think I’ve personally known anyone who thinks all atheists are about is hating God. If you don’t believe in a God, how can you hate that God? You can certainly hate the idea of other people believing in a God, but that’s different.

  5. Two questions (among others, but I’ll stick to these):

    1. Why don’t you just state your point? Is it just to get people riled up ahead of time so you can blast them with the point?

    and

    2. Do you refrain from using the word “judgment” because it has Biblical connotations?

    Neither of those are meant to be inflammatory, especially the second. The second is based mostly on my interest in sociolinguistics.

  6. Michael, I think you are slamming against the rails too much here. You need to replace “Christians” in the post with “some Christians”. Besides that, your points are still too extreme.

    Nate: yes it was cool here today. It never got over 60 and tonight it will go down to 38 before heading to 65 tomorrow – I will still go to the gym in the morning in shorts and t-shirt.

    I did go to the beach yesterday afternoon – air temp 78, water temp 73.

  7. 1. Yes.

    2. I would use “judgement”, not “judgment” because I’m anal-retentive like that, but only if I felt there was a place for it. I don’t see where I would have used it for this post.

    Michael, I think you are slamming against the rails too much here. You need to replace “Christians” in the post with “some Christians”. Besides that, your points are still too extreme.

    Do the Christians who accuse atheists of hating God say “some atheists”?

    There is only one point in this entire post, by the way.

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