(Editor’s note: Read Part 1 here.)
Ultimately, if religion is merely a creation of man, and religion itself is evil, what does that say about man? And why has God all of a sudden become expendable? He has always had a prominent place in our hearts and in our society. God wasn’t a problem for two centuries; but now the Democratic Party has gone agnostic, and the Republican party is split.
Let’s say, hypothetically, that the GOP excommunicates God (and the Republican secularists lose their ‘Scapegoat’) – what’s the platform? What makes the GOP a winning ticket?
Whether man wants to hide behind religion, big government, progressivism, or secularism – we’re imploding! As far as ideology goes, no matter what our espoused affiliation, we’ve all contributed to the mess. None of us are innocent – there’s plenty of blame to go around!
In the end, we must blame the depraved, morally bankrupt, self-destructive tendencies of MAN for our demise. Atheists who claim that man is responsible for creating religion are forced to come to the same conclusion.
The Constitution may have proven to be an essential tool in keeping religious tyranny from reigning. But we’re swiftly headed in the other direction towards Communism, which is a religion in and of itself, in which the government is our god (and applies complete control over us).
Religion should not be used as a means of control; it should serve a greater purpose. I never considered Emperor Constantine (or any other political-religious leader for that matter) having pure intentions – but at least he stopped the persecution of Christians.
Absolute power and authority in the hands of men is bad, no matter the ideology/affiliation. The Christians I know don’t want theocracy, despite the obnoxious claims perpetuated by the New Atheists.
In fact, I pointedly asked Dave:
“Why the bias, the law suits, and the hard cultural atheism? This is a new phenomenon!”
To Dave’s credit, he took a sincere stab at addressing the question:
I think the vitriol came initially after the war on terror and the atrocities – largely from Muslims – that occurred . However they (atheists) were uncomfortable associating with Christians who were also appalled by the jihadists. I think you saw people like Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher tending to be more critical of Christians (Christians don’t threaten to cut off your head, at least not anymore) because it was an easier target- other atheists used it as an opportunity to point out the hypocrisy they saw in all religions . Truthfully, many atheists now see religion on the decline and want to speed it’s demise.
In response, I affirmed that demise of religion will not fix the problem! This is not a religion problem but a human nature problem. Take away religion, and you still have the man.
If you look at the atrocities perpetuated in heathen lands and godless, secular societies led by cruel dictators (i.e. Stalin, Hitler, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, etc.) throughout history, the root of the evil is apparent!
Darwinism, in particular, has had a significant influence in minimizing the sanctity of life; and this is why death panels will soon become a reality in this country (as it is just an extension of abortion) for those lives considered unworthy of the cost required to sustain their existence (i.e. elderly, infirm, disabled, terminally ill). It’s the secularists who endorse a death culture, while orthodox Christians are consistently pro-life. Where’s the morality from the secular side? Do they not often endorse the barbaric slaughter of those who are most in need of care, advocacy, and protection? From where does their moral compass stem?
Social stability is a fragile thing. We are witnessing how fast our moral foundations can be undone.
We may want to consider Islam and Communist North Korea before targeting ‘radical Christianity’ (whatever the heck that means!!!)
By the end of our discussion, Dave and I pretty much reached a stalemate. But I believe the take-home message remains:
From where does our faith come? From where does our hope come?
How can all this madness be thwarted and wholly overcome?
Does the answer lie in man or God?
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve…me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”