Thursday, 10 January 2013

Lazy Atheists

I'm tired of lazy atheists who dismiss the claims of the Christian faith.

It's those who make comments like 'I stopped believing in Santa, fairies and god when I was a child', or 'I can't prove there isn't an invisible unicorn/golden teapot/giant floating above the earth, but that doesn't mean I should believe there is one.'

These kind of comments and positions display a complete lack of integrity and serious engagement with the Christian faith.

If you're going to dismiss the person of Jesus and those who follow Him then you actually need to know what you're dismissing rather than rejecting a stereotype or, and this is more usual, a false idol of something you've perceived to be Christianity but is anything other than it.

Faith in the Trinitarian God - the God who has revealed Himself through the people of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who's Story is seen through the people of Israel and spoken through woman and men of faith, revealed Himself ultimately through Jesus Christ, was crucified in darkness absorbing and destroying the darkness of all sin and brokenness through his death and resurrection, called people to be his disciples and go into the world declaring his love, working for justice, calling people to know God and be transformed by Him, witnessing to His glory and worshipping him, looking for signs of His Kingdom to be made present here on earth and living in the hope that one day all will be well - faith in this God is nothing like believing in fairies and invisible unicorns.

Faith in this God is affirmed through the history and stories of the people of God and the Church.

Following Jesus is to be truthful to how you have seen and heard God speaking and acting in human history.

The worship of the Trinity is something of the heart, responding to the God who has worked, is working and will work in the world and cosmos.

And while faith is a thing of the heart, it is also a thing of the mind.  So intellectually the worship and love for this God is right.  Through science and philosophy and art and literature you see how amazing and wonderful God is and these things enhance faith in, love of and worship of Father, Son and Spirit.

I am not a grown man with my fingers in my ears, eyes closed and shouting faith loudly over lazy atheists in the hope that they'll go away and leave me in my ignorance!  Rather, I am listening, looking, thinking, feeling and believing that to be truthful is to worship God.

Throughout church history there have been serious thinkers, theologians and writers, artists and philosophers, scientists and mathematicians, workers of peace, justice and relief who have declared Jesus to be Lord and God of all.  And that is as true today as ever.

If you don't actually engage with their thoughts and actions then you've got little to say against the Christian faith.

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