Exploring the Social Imagination

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Atheists Among US

Atheists among us. It is not our problem. Why not let them think that way? Well, for the Christian social imagination, that is problematic as a defender of Christianity and the sense of duty to convert - open people's eyes to the truth. The Bible tells us that "He was in the world,, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." John 1: 10-12 Therefore, we can as Christians accept that there will be those that will not receive him.
The latest applause for atheism can be found on the internet with declarations by young and old who state that science is what in their mind makes sense. What about science makes sense for them is ridiculous for me. Why? Because the idea that something comes from nothing is ridiculous. That life as an accident of the cosmos is for me more abstract than believing in and accepting 100% in a creator. The analogy is a computer program, all the characters in the program have been created and programmed to behave, some programs of higher tasks could someday have 'free will' through applications in quantum computer operations. Might we assume that such a program could/would seeks its creator? Yes, and we as the programmer wouldn't we be disappointed when it denies that a creator exists and that their existence was a fluke. Speaking as a Sociologist, the best argument against science as the end all argument concerning God as the creator is that science is a social creation, that all of life, which we experience socially, is only a creation in our mind, based on social encounter and what it means for and to us. All kinds of encounters including those which cause group discussion about existence. With that in mind, there will always be two schools of thought; just as we read in the Bible and as a computer programmer could expect... some will embrace the creator and some will not.  Does that mean science has no application? Science, as having a purpose or point in the question of whether or not a 'creator/programmer' exists, is irrelevant. The question simply is - Do you acknowledge the creator? Those that acknowledge the creator will likely be 'saved' by the creator and be moved to the next level.  It would be wise by the creator/programmer to save all creations/attributes and or simple programs running but not all those with 'free will' will choose to be saved and to continue. So, what about atheists among us? Exactly.

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