Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We Are Deficient

Once upon a time, there was a person named Sheldon who spent all his or her time entering comments on popular, thoughtful, well-regarded blogs. I doubt that's the same Sheldon who left this comment on this blog:

Seems like theists never tire of trying to come up with ways that atheists are simply deficient human beings simply because we doubt the existence of this ambiguous entity called "God".
I don't see how theists, Christian or otherwise, could afford to tire of doing exactly that. By definition, they think there's a super-huge mega-hero watching everything we do, making non-stop moral evaluations, and ensuring that his/her/its plan is being carried forward as he/she/it has always foreseen.

By definition, we atheists deny there's any such being. If Christians are intellectually honest and true to their convictions*, then John 14:6 speaks pretty clearly to how they are bound to see ways, truths, and lights:
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is god, god is Jesus, and those who don't follow Jesus go the wrong, false, dark way. We are deficient in the most basic way.

*Granted, there are plenty of people who self-label as Christians but somehow contrive to arrive at a more nuanced idea about all this -- in many contexts Christians will say "there are many paths" to god, truth, salvation, whatever -- but I have no idea how that squares with the Christianity of Jesus and the Bible. The Christianity that we can pin down to stable particulars draws a pretty clear line between the damned and the saved, light and dark, truth and its antitheses.


Sheldon said...

I don't know. Sheldon #1 may be the same as Sheldon #2. And if so, #1 didn't "spend all his time", only some of it. And #2 certainly doesn't have nearly enough time to leave comments on blogs.

Dale said...

I mean less than nothing by it, Sheldon. I taunt commenters for chipping in and then later complain when no one comments. It's a thing I do. Pay it no mind; it will only encourage me.

Really, I appreciate your comments. Thanks.