“ I do not hear him say, “Run after these people, Peter, and tell them we will have a different style service tomorrow, something short and attractive with little preaching. We will have a pleasant evening for the people. Tell them they will be sure to enjoy it. Be quick, Peter, we must get the people somehow.” ”
One charge can be brought against your point of view that can’t against mine: wishful thinking. Believers believe what they want to believe. I would like to believe it, too, but deny that an honest man can. Unbelief is to that extent less suspect than faith.
-Quoted in Naming the Silences
When all the arguments are done, there is no argument that will defeat unbelief — for not believing in God is as much a matter of faith, a personal choice, as believing in God. But often, when all the other arguments are done, the atheist comes to this final argument: I don’t believe in God because believing in God is a sort of crutch that takes you through life, and I don’t need such a crutch. In other words, I’m a stronger person that those who rely on religion to keep them steady through the storms of life.
But does not believing mean you are a stronger person?
It could mean you don’t want to feel like you’re relying on someone stronger than you to make it through the turbulence of life — hence, it could just mean you’re proud to the point of delusion. Your unbelief can then be seen as the wishful thought that you can stand on your own. You should already know you can’t stand on your own just through living in the real world, and interacting with real people.
It could mean you don’t want to believe there is someone greater than you in morals or intelligence — hence, it could just mean you’re self-centered to the point of delusion. Your unbelief can then be seen as the wishful thought that you can determine what is right and what is wrong on the basis of your own reason.
It could mean you don’t want to believe there is someone greater than you who is watching over your actions, actions you often know are wrong, but you want to indulge in anyway — hence, it could just mean you’re self-gratifiying to the point of delusion. Your unbelief can then be seen as the wishful thought that you can do what you like and get away with it, that the moral voices in your head are just a product of evolution that can be safely ignored.
No, in fact, not believing doesn’t mean you’re a “stronger person.” It’s not courageous to fail to believe in God, any more than it’s courageous to “be who you are.” Courage is facing the facts as they stand and taking action on them no matter how you feel. To fail to believe in God because you think you’re a stronger person, or a greater person, or a freer person, because you don’t believe isn’t courage at all. Unbelief is more likely to be grounded in wishful thinking that belief, in fact, and therefore more likely to be the coward’s way out.
The wishful thinking argument cuts both ways.
Taking our worldview literally…
“ Rebellion against the natural order was thus salvific, a liberation of the true Self. This is why Gnosticism has historically gone hand in hand with the rejection of marriage and childbearing, as well as the embrace of bisexuality, androgyny, and communitarianism. Anything rooted in the natural arrangement of things—property claims, gender distinctions, procreation, natural cultural institutions—shackles the higher Self. ”
If you have any doubt about the agenda of the “Homosexual rights” movement, this should help you understand.
Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. … In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.
Shawn Mathis has written over 300 articles in six years for Examiner.com as a “Christian Perspectives Examiner.” On Wednesday he was fired. In an email Mathis tells Caffeinated Thoughts, he was told, “”We appreciate the time, effort and consideration you put into this work, but we feel that your content is not the right fit for Examiner.com at this time.”