Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A conversation with an Atheist: Round 2

A comment was made by an atheist on the article I wrote early this week in regards to a question sent to me from a teenage Christian. He made some good points and I think there is some valuable dialogue we can have. That being said this is the comment made on the blog post. This post is in regards to paragraphs two and three.

"How can there be a loving God when there are 33 million people in Africa with HIV?""You seem to imply that the Africans with HIV lack faith in some way, or they are being punished for completely unrelated people lacking faith. Either way, it leaves the feeling that God could be a bit sadistic.

On the topic of that video, I have heard that story a bazillion times, but never actually seen a citation saying who this professor is. It also implies that atheists are horrible oppressive people designed to turn Christians into more of these horrible evil Atheist monstrosities. As an Atheist, I always find this incredibly offensive just as a Jew would find being accused of having gold, a Christian of hating Jews, books, and free thinking, or a Muslim being accused of being a terrorist.

The entire video implies that there is only one path, as if there is what about the numerous chains of Christianity, are some left out? Or what about the Jews and Muslims, they still believe in the same God. Or what about the Buddhists, they only try to help people and seek inner peace by doing good deeds. I may not believe in heaven, but if there is a big club in the sky for those who are good, shouldn't it be open to everyone who has helped one another?" -Kaiserbill

First of all I agree with Kaiserbill in regards to the video (which can be seen on my original post). I would like to see a citiation before I put all my eggs in that basket.

Secondly, the video DOES imply that there is only one path to God and so does the Bible. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." Most world religions are works based assuming that man can earn his way to heaven. The truth is that "we have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory". Our sin separates us from God. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, "For by grace (receiving something we don't deserve) you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God".

Kaiserbill, there is a "big club in the sky" and it is open to everyone. You and I have been offered a free gift. God sent Jesus to pay for the sin in our lives. There is nothing we can do to earn our way to heaven. We simply have to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we can enter into God's presence.

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