Deluded and Deceived
We’ve probably all heard the argument that a thinking rational person doesn’t need a “crutch” to help them handle life, as in Jesus. That individual possibly went on to make what they considered a valid case for such belief. But here’s the thing: a deluded soul never knows they’re deluded. They think they’re sane. Which is why satan is so very successful at it. (No, that’s not a typo. I know he’s a noun. On principle I refuse to capitalize his name.)
In his article, ‘We can save atheism from the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris’, Jeff Sparrow states, and I quote, “You don’t have to be a believer to see that religion genuinely offers something to its adherents (often when nothing else is available) [excuse me? We have a smorgasbord old current options to choose from in today’s ‘enlightened’ society! KG] and that what it provides is neither inconsequential nor silly. By contrast, the New Atheists engage with religion purely as a set of ideas, a kind of cosmic rulebook… But what happens then? You’re left with no explanation for their devotion other than a susceptibility to fraud. To borrow Dawkins’ title, if God is nothing but an intellectual delusion then the billions of believers are, well, deluded; a collection of feeble saps in need of enlightenment from their intellectual superiors… If belief in God stems from intellectual inadequacy, then all believers are feebleminded – and the most devout are the most feebleminded of all. All religions are bad but some religions – especially those in the Middle East, by sheer coincidence! – are worse than others.”
I disagree with him on multiple fronts. One thing in particular I don’t get about his argument is that in order to be a “freethinker” you must be atheist. To me this is circular reasoning totally unsupported by fact. I know many God-fearing devout believers who are the farthest thing from feeble-minded. I’ve met weirdos and fanatics on both sides of the fence. What I want to know is, do you know Jesus?
Kari, the undeluded-undeceived totally-in-love-with-Jesus girl
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