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The Supposed Ewey Gooey... Warm and Fuzzy Benevolence of Atheism by Merwin
IS IT ALL TALK?
Seriously... visit a spiritual chat room.
My lovely Wife visits one quite often. Now bear in mind this is supposed to be a spiritual chat room, where people of a spiritual nature collect and supposedly share things of a spiritual nature.
I just now asked her, "That chat room you go to... is there more believers or atheists?"
She replied, "I think there were more atheists."
Now I know that my question and her answer is not conclusive, but my exchange with her does showcase the fact that even if there were less atheists than believers, the frequency and intensity is what may have appeared to her as the majority of the postings.
This tells me that even if they were (truly) not the majority... they were forceful enough to make it seem that way. Kind of like the old movies of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers... they are out on the dance floor just dancing with all the other club patrons that are doing the same. When all of a sudden they start Tripping the Light Fantastic and soon they have the floor to themselves and they are all you see.
Or like when you have a room of maybe a hundred people but there are four who sound ten times louder than anyone else and pretty soon... THEY have the dance floor all to themselves while all around them others are distracted from their conversations.
Where am I going with this?
The atheists who visit these "spiritual" chat rooms are there why? They don't believe, they have contempt (or sound as they do) for those they find there who are not like them. And for the most part they monopolize the conversations. The loudest of these are militant angry people who sound more bigoted and violent than a white supremest.
You know I don't even blame them for some of their anger, after all a lot of us brothers and sisters are ignorant of what we believe, and abusive to those that do not worship exactly as we do. And that is just the tip of the Christian Knucklehead iceberg, but that is definitely... for another time and another Hub.
The reason for writing this Hub is their main complaint about Christians... "hypocrisy". And I get it... yeah we are hypocritical, in varying degrees of hypocrisy but, yeah I get it.
We Christians, have got to take a look at their claim for a moment to respond to it effectively. The atheist is looking at us... then looking at what they know about Jesus calling down the Pharisees with "hypocrite", then looking back at us, and likely thinking, "This will probably get their goat... 'cause Jesus bagged on the Pharisees for it!"
Never mind how much error might be in that thought process, never mind what Jesus was really pointing out to the Pharisees and His disciples through the chastisement, and how that really doesn't match with the atheist's use. Never mind all that for a moment and go right to the point.
And the point is also the response... "Yes I am a hypocrite, my brothers and sisters are all hypocrites... you, and everybody else on the planet are hypocrites. You want to talk about hypocrisy? Then we should mention another gripe from your corner of philosophy... specifically the militant view that all religions should be done away with. And... that the world would be kinder and gentler place, without all the bloodshed and heinous atrocities that has happened as a result of religion.
While there has been more mass murders and starvation and torture done by atheistic, socialistic, totalitarian regimes than any other sector of society since history began and you somehow think that atheism is free from the voracious blood-lust ills that plague mankind? My atheist friend you are either extremely naive or a blatant hypocrite... or both."
Of course one may wish to tone it down from that verbal cascade of accusation at least a little, because what you are intent on accomplishing may slip beyond your reach if you don't.
The Ewey Gooey, Warm and Fuzzy presentation they like to portray for a religious free society that has as its anthem, John Lennon's "Imagine" is nonsense. For the only way for them to reach that supposed Utopia is through fear tactics, broken bones and the lost lives of all who believe in the supernatural.
Mankind is hypocritical and murderous. The only way to escape ourselves is Jesus!