Where Else Would We Go?

Every person operates on a level of faith.

You might respond, “No, I only believe things that are scientifically verifiable.”

My response would simply be to ask where you earned a PhD in science, cosmology, physiology, biology, et cetera.  What journals can you site that list you as a credible scientist?  I’m not trying to be condescending.  I don’t have a single degree in science, let alone an advanced one.  I’m trying to make the point that you are placing your faith in others’ speculating, hypothesizing and interpreting the world around them.

It seems many today are very comfortable rejecting the words of Christ because they consider them “faith based” and then placing their faith in scientific postulations they really don’t understand.  To be honest, they are placing their faith in whatever particular scientist they are referencing.

Without the proper education and expertise it isn’t possible for them to truly evaluate and assess highly complex scientific theories that are steeped in philosophical assumptions. This is a problem in our day, because atheism is enjoying a season of vogue.  It is trendy to reject an orthodox understanding of life, reality and ultimately God. It seems that something else is at play here.

From my experience, I think James Spiegel makes a great case in his book The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief.

In his book he asserts:

“In light of the biblical account of atheism – and its philosophical and psychological reinforcements – believers should not be intimidated by the new atheism. Nor should the church be deceived by the notion that atheism is primarily an intellectual movement.  It is little more than moral rebellion cloaked in academic regalia…In short, it is sin that is the mother of unbelief.”

Spiegel suggests that many people are drawn to atheism, not because of evidence, but because it is more compatible with their desired lifestyles.  He goes on to quote Thomas Nagel, the atheist philospher:

“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers.  It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God, and, naturally, hope that I’m right about my belief.  It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that.”

In a day when people are drawn away by so many scientific speculations and philosophical postulations, I’m reminded of the words spoken by Peter:

So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”