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Thursday, March 25, 2010

There Is No Such Thing as a Godless World

At one time many scientist believed in God. They realized that Genesis told the story of a God who took Chaos and mad Cosmos. He took disorder and made order. They saw their scientific experiments as efforts to discover God's order of things. They believed that things acted in a certain way because order had been forced upon disorder. They reported what they observed.

I don't believe much has changed even though many scientist say that they do not believe in God today. I believe they have simply made themselves a new god in whom they believe.

A belief system is a set of predetermined principles which cannot be refuted. Observations will not be the final measure of what you say is true. You will say what is true and fit your observations into that truth.
This is true of today's world. Let's used global warming as an example. So many stories have flown around of scientists who hid evidence that refuted their claims of global warming. Why would they have to do such a think if they were simply reporting their observations? Because they had a belief system which they wanted to support. Doesn't this sound like some of the things the church has been accused of? Hasn't the church refused to report many things which didn't support the belief system she espoused?

A belief system makes accommodations when something cannot be refuted or hidden. Therefore, the cold winter we have just had is evidence of global warming because global warming will cause huge fluctuations in temperatures. Therefore, any observation fits into the global warming belief system. It sounds a lot like, "Whether God heals or not; it is for the best because God always loves you." Therefore, a belief in God's love supersedes all observations just as the belief in global warming explains all contradictory climate observations.

A belief system has a force of evil and good. Evil has a cause which can be fought if the righteous will stand.Thus, we have evil oil companies causing carbon emissions which are warming our earth. Good will prevail if the righteous will stand so that the people will repent of this evil. Global warming provides a generous helping of guilt in which many people naturally gravitate toward.

The new god created by those who want to think of themselves as godless is benevolent. He or she (for this god is, indeed, sexless) provides for those who have nothing. It is the duty of those who follow this god to provide for those who have less than they. They can extract that from the unrighteous who believe that those who do not work should not eat. They can do so in the name of their righteous god.

This new god has the power of life and death. She (I might as well call this god she. I am not trying to slam women.) can create life (cloning) and take away life (abortion) at will. She can do so because she is god and righteous in whatever she does. We simply lack understanding when we think any action appears unrighteous. Blessed be her name!

This god has a genesis story. In the beginning there was a bang. Somehow that answers the question of the beginning for there is no "before the bang" story. It takes faith to believe in a period without time. Time must begin or there is no explanation of how we can get to now.

I am amused with those who claim that they have no faith. What they are really saying is that their faith does not match my faith. I agree with them on this matter. I do not believe in their god. I do not worship at her altar. I believe she is a creation rather than the creator. I believe that someday everyone will know the truth. Until that time some people will create new gods to worship.

But it will never be a godless world.

Philippians 2:9-11 (ESV)
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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