Hide the design....Hide the decline.
It has become somewhat bothersome to me, oh heck, I going to not beat around the bush, it has become outright disturbing to me, the amount of people these days who have completely abandoned their religious roots, or who have simply left religion altogether. Even more troubling are those who want with a passion, to destroy religion, specifically Christianity.
It not only saddens me, but I have a great deal of pity on these particular folks I am talking about. Some are friends of mind. Much of their criticism of religion and those who are followers of religion, may very well be true and there will be many "religious" people will have to “give an account” for all the many atrocities done in the name of God.
I’ll touch on that again later.
I find it particularly sad that the very elements that many of these folks that have correctly identified the problems of religion (greed, power, etc.) but in my opinion have drawn the wrong conclusion. Let me show you what I mean. By the way, a large number of these guys say they consider themselves “men of science”.
Hide the design and Hide the decline
Consider this analogy. I love science, and I have a degree in Telecommunication Engineering. I work with Electrical Engineers and I have studied some Mechanical and Physics courses throughout my years. I could have easily said that I was just wasting my time. Why? Because, it is all just one big lie.
When you see the some major scandals going on in science, you know it has to be nothing more than fairy-tales. I am speaking of Man-made Global warning (Hide the decline) and the crisis in microbiology (Hide the design). These “scientists are just out to preserve their power and money.
Let me first say that I think, science and religion are much alike in many ways. They both even have prophets. Al Gore preaches on reducing carbon as he jets all over the globe. Just like many pastors or priests.
Gore, has one of the biggest carbon footprints, yet he insists his followers must live in carbon poverty. Right? Oh, I know he has “carbon offsets”, just like those ministers that live in a big houses “offset” their wealth with their “important service”.
When scientists begin to hide the truth....like, “oops, we threw out the base data for our global warming model.”
They are also “rewriting the evidence”, you know, just tweaking the numbers here and there to help their model along through the rough spots.
Amazingly, this is the same type of thing those who wrote the Bible are accused of doing.
For all the above reasons, and a few more, I may as well just reject science. Right?
Now if anyone wants to argue that there is no “design” in micro biology, or that “climate change” is man-made, well, they are just science fanatics that can’t be bothered with the truth. (A lot like those Christian zealots we hear so much about) So, science is a farce and should be rejected by every “rational” person on the planet. Right?
Obviously, that is not the case. I still love science but recognize that a few bad apples do indeed spoil the cart, just as TV evangelists being arrested does to religion. But they do not destroy the larger concept of what science or religion truly is.
Sadly, like some of my friends, and many others, they have rejected God because of the action of some of those who claim to follow Him. They have rejected the larger concept as well as the false purveyors of religion.
I could try to refute specific items about what they believe but that is not really the point. The fact that none of the apostles saw any earthly wealth or power as a result of their beliefs, and that all of them were killed or died in prison, will not really make any difference.
These folks will believe what they want to believe and perhaps they have been hurt by “Christians” in the past.
I would also hazard a guess that there has been a “major moral failure” in their lives at some point of time.
What I mean by that is that things which they were taught was “unacceptable” in their religion.
Whether they failed at something or it was something was done to them, it does not really matter.
The results was that a huge load of guilt had been laid upon their shoulders. We, as humans are not designed to bear guilt. It needs to be removed. If it is not removed many of us will eventually have a breakdown. The most common way of removing guilt is blaming others.
The worst part of this is that from a very young age many are taught a "religion" instead of learning to have a relationship with the Father.
One friend once told me they were sold “fire insurance” to keep from burning in hell, instead of being taken to the loving God that created him. You can’t force a relationship.
I don’t think some people ever have a real chance. They are “sold” a policy that, come judgment day; they could wave in God’s face for admittance. The really tragic part of all this is that in rejecting God along with the hypocrites, they miss the love of our heavenly Father and His harsh words for those who would abuse mankind.
It is especially harsh those who abuse mankind in the name of God. (Matthew 23: 13-39, Matthew 18: 5-7) For those who have gotten their “fire insurance” and are using God’s grace to enslave others, they should read Matthew 7: 22,23.
It has come to my conclusion that so many folks do not know what being a Christian is, but are quick to assume that all people who are religious, are stuck in a fairy tale, and have no room for faith.
Maybe this didn't make much sense to you, but it is my "rambling" thought of the day.
Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
Not a lot in there about power or getting rich.
What Christians are to be about:
1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you
1 Peter 3:15
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence
All of these, of course fall under the two greatest commandments, love God, love your neighbor. It is sad that so many people will miss the fact that there are plenty of true followers of Christ out there. They are just not the visible ones in most cases. There are plenty of true scientists out there too. Too bad they can’t get published if their “doctrine” disagrees with the religion that science has become. Fortunately, a major shake-up is coming and science will return to a more pure form. (Though not without a struggle) Interesting that religion follows the same cycle. I hope that someday these folks discover the relationship that they missed, those that have already discarded the religion....PURE RELIGION.