Why I am a Christian (Chapter One)
For the 11,000th post, I thought Iâ€™d do something different. So, as part of an ongoing effort to open a few minds around here, I thought Iâ€™d post some personal things. If you donâ€™t agree with me, thatâ€™s fine; as noted, these are personal. This is more in the line of disclosure and dialogue, not debate.
Now, if you feel the urge to demonstrate how small your mind is by being prejudicial, hateful and intolerant, I have two thoughts. First, I used to be like you, a â€śme-istâ€ť, ego-centric about my approach to the world, no need of or room for God. I was an atheist, slid into agnosticism, for a time I railed against God to the effect that if He was there, I wanted nothing to do with Him. Then â€¦ for a while â€¦ nothing. Later, I became a Christian (thatâ€™s a later chapter, of course). So I understand the â€śrejectionâ€ť mindset. I appreciate the lack of understanding. I understand the undertone of fear of something you canâ€™t grasp.
However, please understand, though, if that is your approach to pretty much anything, you are going to lead a shallow, constricted life, because part of life is being open to learning new and different things that you donâ€™t understand or appreciate. In summary, if all you can be is small-minded and hateful, the only thing you are doing is demonstrating that (big surprise) you are small-minded, bigoted and intolerant. Second, all I can say is that Iâ€™ll pray for you.
So with that backdropâ€¦
Why I am NOT an atheist (Part 1)
Iâ€™m not an atheist because I appreciate logic, thought and reason.
A foundational underpinning of atheism is naturalism/materialism and macro-evolution. After all, if there is no higher being, everything had to come into being as a result of random actions and processes over countless eons. Thus, that means that even our thought processes and the ability to reason are the result of random processes generated by meaningless molecular activity. The logical conclusion is that the atheist essentially is asserting that even his or her own ideas about atheism are caused by the random interaction of hormones, glandular secretions and chemical processes. Since atheism itself negates reason, the mind of an atheist is a whimsical flight of fancy.
I don't get this at all. Why can't you just be a Christian, privately, as Jesus recommended? Why is it your mission in life to try to broadcast your road to becoming Christian to the world over the internet, the most impersonal of all forms of media that has been invented? Are you now a Christian Missionary and this media is your chosen arena?
Also, your analysis of logic as it pertains to atheism is, frankly, illogical. A thought can be entirely logical and demonstrated without any reference to whether it came from the mind of a Christian or an atheist or a Jew or Hindu or a Scientologist. That particular paragraph of yours was about as damaging to your cause as any you could have dreamed up. It smacks of a complete disregard for facts and frankly ruins your entire footing for any further arguments. How the brain works has nothing to do with any particular thoughts that are rolling around in there unless you are mentally diseased - suffering from a disorder like an obsession - that would interfere with viewing data from any perspective other than one dominated by your obsession. And you seem to be obsessed with what would appear to be an affliction at this point - Christianity and god. If you are nearing death and getting worried, well, that might be a logical explanation. I can think of very few others.
So, I would recommend you refrain from any future Chapters on this subject until you get that obsession under control.