Devil’s advocate here to annoy you all again – sorry, it’s in my nature.
I’d like to pose a paradoxical thesis that the two gentlemen mentioned above are practially one and the same. The progressive, self-proclaimed consciousness raiser Dawkins and his disposal of God as a delusion, and the pope, most faithful of all believers in Christ.
Why? I’m bored, I guess. But maybe I can get a rise out of someone.
So here’s the reason:
Dawkins, a consummate atheist, is fully aware that he chooses to be one. His disposal of God in his book “The God Delusion” is tight as a drum. His arguments are ironclad. There is absolutely, unequivocally, indisputably no physical evidence whatsoever of God. The only evidence we have gathered so far about the universe and the world we live in suggests only that we do indeed exist. God is make-believe.
The pope, a consummate christian, is fully aware that he chooses to be one. His defence of God in his book “The Bible”, is also tight as a drum. His arguments are also ironclad. There is indeed absolutely, unequivocally, indisputably no physical evidence whatsoever of God. The pope believes in God nevertheless, who is therefore “make-believe”. This doesn’t bother the pope because he operates on what is known as “faith” ( a belief in something that cannot be proven).
Well, according to the bible, God does not play favorites (we do, but that’s another story). All it takes for God to credit us with faith is a mustard seed of it. Dawkins has it – he knows that he can’t disprove God’s existence so he must by his own admission leave the door open at least a crack. He does not like it, but he is honest enough to admit it. The pope is also credited by God with faith. He knows that he cannot “prove” God’s existence. He keeps his door wide open anyway.
Dawkins actively disbelieves in God whereas the pope actively believes. These are not two equivalent forms of faith and it is not the point being made here. The point is that God does not differentiate between a cracked door and a wide open one. The pope gets a gold star, and so does Sir Richard.
The two gentlemen are “practically” the same because faith doesn’t get scored based on “how much” of it one possesses. Otherwise the score would be about a million to one in favor of the pope. The bible says that “faith without works is dead”. What this means to me is not that one doesn’t have faith if one doesn’t act like it or that one has “more and more” faith the more one acts on it. What it means is that one’s faith will eventually die if one does not act. Richard Dawkins acted in analyzing his own belief system – albeit in an agressively anti-religion kind of way. It brought him to the admission that he can’t deny the possibility. He gets an A from God. The pope isn’t the teacher’s pet. He get’s an A, too, though.
Salvation is a different thing altogether, though…
That’s my pontification for today.
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