Monthly Archives: June 2008

PZ Myers and Hubris

Atheist PZ Myers, who has an extremely popular blog, a fact which continually surprises me, has made a comment in this blog entry that shows he is the modern embodiment of Satan’s war on God.

After describing the book of Genesis as a “little scrap of piss-poor poetry that half this country wants to make the backbone of our science curriculum,” Myers links to this YouTube video and continues:

somebody has tried putting the actual creation story as revealed by modern physics into the same kind of portentous, simple language that even a Mesopotamian goat-herder could understand, the point being that if a god had chosen to tell primitive people how the universe came to be, he/she/it could have done so in just as awe-inspiring a way as the false myths we’ve got.

Before we get to the comment that inspired my post, let me dissect this statement. First, he assumes that his god, science, has everything right. For Myers, epistemology begins and ends with science, that is all there is and all there ever will be. Then, he makes the assumption that ancient people are stupid with insulting comments like “even a Mesopotamian goat-herder could understand” and calling Genesis “false myths.” It is unthinkable for Myers that the Bible may actually be right. So much so that at the beginning of the presentation he is blogging about, he literally tore the Creation Story right out of Genesis.

As if I haven’t already demonstrated the hubris of PZ Myers, the final comment on this entry takes the cake: “It’s rather neat that modern scientists know more than God.” What unbridled pride! And I think we all know what happens to the proud (Prv 16:5, 18).

Homosexual Agenda?

I picked on him yesterday, too.  Now I’m picking on him again.  Odder Stories has this post, which I partially agree with:

Anyone who is gay, knows gay people or has an ounce of common sense should realize that the Gay Agenda myth is ridiculous. . . . But those who preach the idea of a Gay Agenda are almost never talking about a single group or person – rather, they want you to believe that the majority of homosexuals, because they are homosexual, subscribe to this subversive ‘agenda’. I have to wonder if these people imagine new ‘recruits’ being inducted into some globe-spanning, conspirational corporation. (Of course, the ‘recruits’ will be teenage boys, roped into the gay lifestyle against their will).

I don’t agree with the idea of a sweeping “Gay Agenda” embraced by all homosexuals everywhere.  But I do believe that there are many who would like the voices of we, the religious, silenced forever.  Our dissent from homosexual marriage and the lifestyle itself is the one voice that they cannot and will not hear.

My theory is that, in their own hearts, they know that what they do is abominable in the sight of their Creator.  They suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18), they hate the light and prefer to remain in darkness since the light will expose their sin (Jn 3:19).

Is there some agenda out there?  I happen to think that there is.  I think it tries to silence the voice of morality on the issue precisely because we pang their consciences.  And I can back myself up with two news items that happened to cross my desk today.

A Belgian Bishop was acquitted of inciting homophobia.  A gay rights activist group complained when, during an interview, the Bishop remarked, “Homosexuals have encountered a blockage in normal psychological development, rendering them abnormal. I know very well that in a few years, I could be imprisoned for holding this position, but this could mean a bit of a vacation for me.”

They are trying to silence the voices that say what they do is wrong.

In a more dramatic example, a Canadian priest is being investigated for a hate crime when he engaged in a debate where he quoted extensively from the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the letters of Pope John Paul II to prove that homosexuality is wrong according to Catholic teaching.

I’m sure that I could find more examples, but these two suffice, I think, to uphold my position: There may not be a sweeping agenda agreed on by all homosexuals everywhere, but one does exist.  It seeks to silence Christians and the day will come when merely posting this on the Internet could land me in jail.

“Odder Stories” Accuses Me of Racism

How, as a Christian apologist, do I gauge how well I’m doing? By this verse:

If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (Jn 15:19, emphasis added)

I figure if the secular world hates what I have to say, then I must be doing a pretty darn good job.  Conversely, if the Christian world loves me, then I must also be doing a pretty good job.  From the comments that I receive, I see compliments from Christians (HT: Murphy Klasing and Wickle), and denigration from the world.

The most recent worldly accusation against me is to accuse me of 18th century racism for an old post on homosexuality.  Unlike most Christians, I am allowing for the possibility that homosexuality may not be a choice.  But along the same regard, neither is alcoholism or rage.  Those things are genetic, too.  Does anyone believe that they are good things, or are they things that we may struggle with but ultimately should eliminate for the good of all?  Odder Stories says:

If you see echoes of 18th century racism, you’re not alone. In what sense is homosexuality like an addiction or anger issues? Why is it a ‘corrupting influence’? For one reason only: the Bible tells us that it is. It’s against ‘God’s plan’. We must ’surrender to God through Jesus Christ’, in the process attempting to deaden a major part of ourselves. As any honest advocate of this process will admit, this does not get rid of homosexuality, it merely teaches you to live with it by giving yourself over to what, at times, is indistinguishable from a cult.

He is absolutely correct in everything that he states.  Christianity asks us to die to our former selves, of which homosexuality may be a part for some people.  Like me having to die to my anger issues and other more serious addictions, the homosexual in service to the Lord must die to his homosexuality.

I freely admit that the only reason to argue against homosexuality is that the Bible says that it is a sin.  There are no secular grounds whatsoever for arguing against it.

I feel that I’m an honest advocate of that position since I admit that the feelings never go away.  There is not a day where I don’t struggle with my more serious addiction.  Not a single day.  But I’m struggling with it because I know God does not permit it, and I know that He will give me the strength to endure to the end.  The homosexual can find that strength, too, if he or she looks to Jesus Christ.

Terrible Advice from Atheist Revolution

VJack from Atheist Revolution has given some terrible advice about witnessing to atheists.  He says not to do it.  I advocate ignoring that advice completely.  VJack says:

I know your church says you are supposed to do this and that you’ll win friends and magic Jesus points for your efforts. I know your bible makes you think that this is what your god wants. I even know that your failures are more important than your successes because they reinforce your persecution complex. But don’t do it.

First, Jesus–not the church–says that we are supposed to do this (see Mt 28:19-20).  As disciples of Him, I don’t see us disobeying the words of our Lord because VJack says so.

Second, what exactly are these “magic Jesus points” and how do I earn them?  The last time I checked, the Bible teaches that it is Jesus who saves us and we cannot earn salvation.  Following His commands are done out of love and free choice rather than some sort of compulsion or game.

The best witness to atheists, I think, doesn’t come from words but the way we live our lives.   As St. Francis of Assisi said, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”  Along the same lines, he said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”  Living the Word of God to the best of your ability (Rom 12:9-21) will show the atheists that our chosen lifestyle is superior to their own.  The atheists will want what we have.  The words that VJack hates so much won’t even be necessary.

Recap: Witnessing to atheists?  Do it with enthusiasm!

New Website

I’ve decided to refute the unfortunate website Why Won’t God Heal Amputees point by point.  The format will be similar to God is NOT Imaginary.  I’ve already got two chapters done! Check out the new website at http://godandamputees.wordpress.com.

Eventually, I hope to give God is NOT Imaginary and God and Amputees their own domain names.  That probably won’t happen for a long while, though.