Christianity Vs. Atheism in America
Belief or Unbelief
Christians believe in one God that exists in three persons—the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit. Christians believe that mankind was created specifically to have a relationship with God, but sin separates all men from God.
Atheists believe that no one can get help through prayer but one must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue it, and enjoy it. An atheist believes that only in knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help him to succeed in a life of fulfillment. He seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. (atheist.org)
Agnosticism argues that God's existence cannot be proven or unproven, they say it's impossible to know whether or not God exists. This is why atheists and agnostics are typically grouped together (unbelief-"sitting on the fence") for statistical reasons, because both groups fundamentally do not serve or worship God.
Christianity states that a design is created by a designer. The "watchmaker analogy" given by William Paley in his 1802 book Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity goes something like this: let's say you're walking down a beach and you come across a fine Rolex watch lying in the sand, in all its brilliance you notice these tiny little gears (inside the watch moving in perfect unison), you say to yourself: "Wow!, this is a nice watch, I wonder how much this thing is worth!?" You instinctively know someone who is an expert in making watches designed and created this watch. There's nothing on the beach you can compare this watch to, you don't see a bunch of little tiny gears and gems lying all over the sand. All these dazzling gems on the watch and little pieces of metal (gears) inside the watch were cut, crafted, and shaped together to form a beautiful, working artifact. Richard Dawkins, a respected well known atheist, responds to Paley's analogy in his book "" and refutes what Paley says and by random selection and mutations (out of necessity) evolution of the species or "watches" were formed. Through millions of years, little pieces of metal and rocks were shaped (haphazardly) and moved from different points in space by some unknown force and came together to form a watch. As the years progressed the watch became more intricate out of necessity to last the test of time (survival of the fittest). The Blind Watchmaker
The Liberated Interviewer
When the economy crashed in 2009 I got laid off from my job selling marble and granite. For two years I looked for work in Southern California the only work I could find was background acting work (up in Hollywood). If you can breathe, Hollywood can use you. Finally had an on-the-spot interview with an owner of a tile and stone company. We discussed my experience for a good hour then came across the topic of religion. He asked me what I was doing with my time, I said singing for a men's chorale at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. When I told the interviewer about my affiliation. He went into a big rant about how he used to be a Catholic his whole life until he decided a few years back there was no God. He said after he made this decision he felt liberated, truly free, because now he didn't have to answer to anybody and could life anyway he chooses.
Men's Chorale With Pastor Chuck Smith
Ignorance of the Word
Coming To Grips With Christianity
I grew up in a Jewish family which was more about tradition than it was about knowing or loving God. Yet I would go to the library and read books about God, they always comforted me until they mentioned the word "Jesus." For some reason I felt that nullified the book, why did I have to believe in Jesus in order to believe in God? I knew nothing about Jesus, I was frightened of Him, if I believed in Jesus, then I felt this would deny or betray my faith as a Jew, and God would hate me for it (invalidate me as a person). My confusion and fear of Jesus rested upon my ignorance of a belief system I knew absolutely nothing about. After reading the Bible and attending church, I made a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Pastor Chuck Smith used to tell his congregation: "If you believe in God, heaven, and then die, and there is no heaven, you really haven't lost anything, you're dead. If you don't believe in God, then die, and there is a God and a heaven, you're in for a world of hurt."
Some atheists believe people are deceived and controlled by theism thus making it harmful to society http://atheism.about.com/od/atheismmyths/a/AtheistsAngry.htm. Many atheists believe that Christians are close minded and bigoted. Atheists believe the Bible is a bunch of made up folklore, solely just to soothe people. They believe the Bible contradicts itself. They refuse to believe in a God who would command Israelites to wipe out an entire race of people (Canaanites-men, women and children).
Friendly Atheist Map
"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and have almost nothing to do with the original text. For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."
"Here's what happens when you die--you sit in a box and get eaten by worms. I guarantee you that when you die, nothing cool happens."
Oprah - Soul to Soul
In Awe? With No Need For An Explanation
There's two questions Oprah failed to ask Ms. Nyad:
1. How did human beings come into existence?
2. Ms. Nyad says when a person dies they become ash and the soul lives on. If the soul lives on without the body, where does it live?
32 % of the world population are considered to be Christians.
16% of the world's population is considered to be Atheists.
A 2006 study by researchers at the University of Minnesota involving a poll of 2,000 households in the United States found atheists to be the most distrusted of minorities, more so than Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and lesbians, and other groups. Many of the respondents associated atheism with immorality, including criminal behavior, extreme materialism, and elitism. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_atheism
- 22% of “no-faith” adults failed to contribute any personal funds to charitable causes in 2006, compared to only 7% of active-faith adults.
- The typical no-faith American donated just $200 to charitable causes in 2006, more than seven times less than the amount contributed by the typical active-faith adult ($1500).
- No-Faith adults embrace the description or perception of being “at peace,” less than Christians (67% versus 90%)
- Atheists and agnostics were more likely to be focused on acquiring wealth than Christians (10% versus 2%)
- 56% of atheists and agnostics agree with the idea that radical Christianity is just as threatening in America as is radical Islam, while 63% of active Christians perceive that the nation is becoming more hostile and negative toward Christianity. Barna Group (2007)
Approximately 78.5 million Bibles are distributed globally per year.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2010)
Number of Christian Books in Print:
There are approximately 6 million books about Christianity in print today.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2006)
Number of Christian Martyrs Worldwide:
An average of 159,960 Christians worldwide are martyred for their faith per year.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2010)
Heated Debate Christians Vs. Atheists
In Conclusion: Morals & Ethics
Ms. Johnson (above video) refused to answer the Reverend's question: "Where do atheists get their ethics & moral behaviors from?" It's a reasonable and simple question. The failure by atheists to answer this fundamental question is the reason I believe they're discriminated against. Americans want to know what others believe so they and their families can feel safe and protected.
What do you think?