Daily Archives: May 6, 2010
John W. Loftus found us already. He left a comment over at my blog:
Now here’s something interesting. You plan on writing a comprehensive answer to my book before actually seeing it. In other words, you know it’s wrong before considering it. I want you to think about what you’re doing. You’re not trying to come to a better understanding of the truth. You’re not interested in learning from us. You’re not interested in considering what we have to say at all. Is this what you’d do in any other area of learning?
I have read several atheist tomes. None of them have altered my faith or destroyed my confidence that Christianity is the truth. Now this book comes along and it will change my mind? Maybe, but I’m not counting on it.
Still, I will try to approach the book from a neutral perspective. Maybe it will change my mind.
In my announcements post, I pointed readers to an update of my God is NOT Imaginary blog, but I had said that I didn’t have a domain name set up for it. Well, I registered one this morning: http://www.godisnotimaginary.info.
Everything should now be in order. Look for updated versions of my articles on prayer soon.
I think it’s unfair to say that Christians dislike atheists, as Mark of Proud Atheists seems to think.
Rather, Christians are attempting to speak the truth in love to our atheist friends. We are trying to communicate to them that God is real, not an outmoded concept that science has killed. We are trying to communicate the message that humble repentance before God is the only action that can save your soul.
I don’t think that hell is the best way to evangelize. While the topic shouldn’t be avoided all together, neither should it be our first resort. Christians are accused of being judgmental, holier-than-thou, or just plain unloving to even think that someone will go to hell for living life without repenting before God.
The idea of hell should motivate us to evangelize more out of love. When George Carlin died, I read a memorial thread on TheologyOnline where the Christians were rejoicing that Carlin is now in hell. That is unloving. We should never rejoice over a soul in hell. We should mourn the lost opportunity.
“Threatening with hell” seems to be a common reason that atheists think Christians dislike atheists. But we really don’t. We care enough about someone’s eternal soul to speak the truth of hell in love, to try to give that person a chance to avoid the inevitable results of a rebellious lifestyle.
Mark, however, thinks that we Christians dislike atheists and offers the following suggestions as to why: Read the rest of this entry