Tuesday, February 8, 2011

To Believe Or Not To Believe, This Is Not The Question

Whether intentionally or not, our choice of words can be deceiving. Since words are the material out of which we construct our thinking, the wrong material can cause a wrong thought.  We can see how this is so in the words we use to discuss our belief, or "non-belief", in God. We tend to categorize ourselves like so:
"Some people believe in God, and some people do not believe in God."
But this statement is deceptive.  The choice of words persuades us to think in terms of beliefs and not facts.  some do believe, and some do not believe. Belief is the constant in both cases. Whether or not belief is happening is the variable. It subconsciously suggests that those who don't believe in God don't "believe" anything. But nothing could be further from the truth. To explain let's look at the same statement rearranged:
"Some people believe there is a God, and others believe there isn't a God."
As we can see, this is the more accurate way of expressing the truth.  

So why is this important? Well, for two reasons: First, to speak in terms of "believing or not" is, as I've mentioned deceptive. But it's not only deceptive for the hearer, it's also deceptive for the speaker because it frames our thoughts in a deceptive fashion. In the end, we are all ultimately "believers" and are distinguished only by what we believe.

Second, this statement secretly opens the door for special pleading. Special Pleading is the act of making a value judgment about the actions of others while allowing that the same action is fine for oneself.  To demand that society be conducted according to the belief that there is no God based on the assumption that His existence is unprovable, while at the same time ignoring that His non-existence is unprovable is Special Pleading.

This may seem like a small thing but it by no means is.  It puts one side of the cultural wars at an advantage by allowing that it is based solely on science, which it is not.  Science cannot prove the non-exitence of God, and since it cannot prove God's nonexistence it should not be allowed to claim "science" as its foundation for disallowing the existence of a creator.

Ephesians 6 admonishes us that we do not war against flesh and blood, but against the powers, the principalities, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Christians should not be mislead into believing that Christianity is not reasonable and is unable to stand the onslaught by those who hold to the weak faith that there is no God, and the just-as-religious belief systems posing as science that are being preached from the pulpits of the institutions of academia.

5 comments:

Susan said...

Christians should not be mislead into believing that Christianity is not reasonable and cannot stand against the weak faith that there is no God and the just-as-religious belief systems posing as science that are being preached from the pulpits of the so-called institutions of academia.

AMEN!!!!

Joe said...

Well said!

Everybody believes something...usually the result of what they've been taught.

The question is no so much what one believes, but who: him/herself, someone else or God, Himself.

Z said...

"Some people believe in God, and some people don't believe in God."

That one suggests there IS a God, no matter what we think, doesn't it?

Dan said...

Everybody believes something...usually the result of what they've been taught"

And in droves they are being taught to have faith that there is no God. Given that the one true God and his statues have been rejected wholesale, I wonder what will happen when the new God, the government, proves itself unable to make good on its impossible-to-keep promises.

Dan said...

Z

That one suggests there IS a God, no matter what we think, doesn't it?

That was my take some years ago when I took a little time to think about it. The fact that I asked if there really was a God answered the question in its own right. I realized that electrical currents firing around in gray matter a certain way could never enter the purview of God by wondering what is the difference between right and wrong unless there was a law giver who put it in their conscious to begin with. It's always interesting to watch the atheist borrow morality from God in order to make the case against his existence.