Bye-Bye Christianity Hello Atheism (Part two)

I-Quit

Those crazy Christians.

I cannot sit through another ridiculous worship song – simply repeating the same words over and over and over again. How can I continue to associate myself with a people who rely on faith in a god they have never seen? The same god who is allowing the evil from Syria to North Korea to Chicago. These same people who cannot decide whether they love Donald Trump or hate him. The same people who have more denominational sects than the number of likes on a Kim Kardashian Instagram photo. Christians are too fickle to trust and their god is a borderline tyrant. Those crazy, delusional Christians. I am Team Atheist now!

I know what you’re thinking. “How do you know the atheists are right?” Well, good question. Off the top of my head I can give 3 reasons:

1.  I could jump on the giant shipload of people with the plausible claim that the Bible was tampered with by the Roman emperor Constantine and/or by King James for their respective political reasons. Now to be fair to Christians lets admit that the Bible is a collection of documents written in 3 different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), written on 3 different continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe), by 40 different authors over the span of 1500 years. Any tampering is extremely complex to pull off.

Not only that but if the Bible was tampered with then they did a terrible job. A good Bible tamper wanting to make Christianity more attractive would remove the part about John The Baptist getting his head chopped off. Also, why not omit the part about God lighting people on fire and killing evil rulers?

Strange thing is that all the older translations validate the accuracy of the King James version (because all translations are done by going back to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek manuscripts and creating the translation from there). In order for The Bible to be secretly doctored then the doctoring must be taken place multiple times over the span of 1500 years on 3 different continents in 3 different languages…all the while not getting caught. Did King James’ staff use their Delta Skymiles to secretly travel from Europe to Africa so quickly?

Ok even though the tampering argument doesn’t hold up I’m going keep faith that it is possible. Hence, Team Atheist!

 

2.  Many Christians today prefer to dodge “unnecessary” conflict by avoiding any discussion on whether Genesis is history or not. On the topic of the validity of the Creation Story, I’ll admit, being an engineer and an atheist simultanouesly would be a little tough for me to believe the Atheists. It’s a dilemma because there is contradiction there. Secular science claims that Genesis is a myth but then cannot explain how some things occurred otherwise.

For example, I have undergraduate/graduate studies in geotechnical engineering and coastal engineering – including erosion, scouring, and sediment transport. If you look at the remarkable layering of the Grand Canyon you will see that it is sharply cut out. Basic engineering law would say it is impossible for the Colorado River to have done this feat over the span of millions of years. Many geologists have finally abandoned this once agreed upon secular theory.

The soil layering upon the sides of the Grand Canyon would simply collapse as the soil and rocks slowly erode over time. Our beautiful world wonder would simply not be as majestic. The only way it is possible to explain is with the short time frame in the aftermath of The Great Flood in the Bible. But wait I keep forgetting, I’m on the Atheist Team now. Lets change the subject.

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3.  Before I get to Number Three I must admit that I am now laughing in my head. What is funny is that if the God of the Bible is not real, if macro-evolution is true, if the Big Bang is true and we’re all chemical reactions…then everything I think and feel is only matter in motion. Therefore there is no way for me to develop the reasoning needed to conclude which of my competing thoughts are true and which are not.

You see, the Big Bang developed an instinct in me. If I have Instinct A vs Instinct B, how can there be a third Instinct that tells how to pick better the two options? My fellow Atheists, I’m on your team but that is not how things work. The Big Bang cannot create a conscience out of meaninglessness to dictate our thoughts. 

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Not only that, but if we are meaningless matter floating in the air then we are predetermined in every way. Everything becomes subjective. The moment I make a truth claim (i.e. there is no God) then I am rising above the rules of subjectivity. Once this happens I directly violate that determinism. The entire thing is a made-up mind game that goes in an endless, backwards circle.

Ooooh forget it. Why am I trying to kid myself? I will quit being an Atheist now. At least I fought the good fight for a solid 2 hours. Being an atheist would be far too much mental denial for me. Atheism is an uncomfortable faith. Secularists assume the current scientific paradigm is true when historically we have always had scientific paradigms collapse. Science constantly changes on itself. But hey, maybe our known science today is 100% true for the first time in human history. That is a risky gamble to trust my life with though.

Ok I’m back on Team Christianity! You can call this sudden return an epiphany. Or…or maybe what it is is belief in something which my soul knew was true all along. Maybe this is Truth.

I’d rather go back to church and sing worship songs with my hands raised. As the great philosopher Brad Paisley once put it, “What if they’re wrong what if they’re right? Those Crazy Christians.”

On a similar note, there is an extremely great question we tend to ask – “How could an all-powerful, all-loving God allow evil and suffering in this world?” Well, that is a discussion for a latter post. What a great God we have who allows us to search the mysterious wonders of his ways. As Ecclesiastes 4 and Hebrews 11 put it: Mystery is a prerequisite to Faith. And without Faith it is impossible to please Him.

 

 

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Cute Puppies May Make the Best Atheists!

I hate my roommate’s dog. My roommate loves his dog.

I hate way his dog charges the front door when I arrive home. I hate the way he watches my every movement as I eat. I hate the way that he follows me when I am cooking. I hate the sound that the hardwood floor makes as he gently walks around. I hate the way he stares at me as I walk up the stairs. While at work, I have daydreams of doing “things” to that dog.

My roommate adores his dog. He loves the way his dog joyfully greets him every time he comes home. He loves the way his dog easily follows instructions. He loves that his dog will relax with him on the couch and also go jogging with him. My roommate loves to tell people about his dog. Even if they are separated whenever my roommate is out of town, he is constantly worrying about his dog.

I do not necessarily hate the dog. However, I do not like him. However, my roommate does like him. Who is correct in their thinking? Him? Me? We have two opposite and competing solidarities. Who wins? I have a coworker that is from a country where they eat certain dogs in their soup. There are numerous other countries of the like. Are they more hateful than I am since there are killing dogs? Or are they better than me because it is purely acceptable in their country?

I have joking debates with my co-workers at least twice a week about the benefits, or lack thereof, of owning dogs. Usually I am alone against 20 other people. It is safe to say that I have yet to win one of those arguments. At least once a week my roommate will ask if his dog has won me over yet. Haha, he honestly believes that I am going to “cave in”. Maybe I was born during a full-moon and, therefore, have been genetically predisposed into disliking dogs because of werewolves.

Ohhh yes, the werewolf. Such a mythical, fairytale creature. Speaking of fairytales, here is the thing about atheism: There are similar age-old questions that many people have asked since the beginning – Is God good? If God is real, the why is there evil? Is Christianity good for the world? The believer would say that God is good and Christianity is good for the world. On the other hand, the atheist would say the opposite. Who is correct?

Lets presume that the atheist is correct. Lets say that because there is so much evil in the world, that there is no such thing as a god. With that in thought, if there were no god, then religion would also be bad since it is based off of a false notion. The collapse of atheism occurs because there is a problem with stating that there is evil in the world:

  • When you say that there is such a thing as EVIL, you are also assuming that there is such a thing as GOOD.
    • If you say that then you must also assume that there is a moral law/moral standard that differentiates between GOOD and EVIL.
      • Now if we admit there is a moral law, then there MUST be a moral law-giver who supplies this information … hence, God.

Therefore, if there is no God, then there is no moral law-giver. If there is no moral law-giver then there is no moral standard. If there is no moral standard then we have no way or reason to distinguish between good and evil. If we cannot differentiate between good and evil then we cannot even say that there is evil in the world. Atheism, in this argument, collapses on itself. #Fairytales. Yeah, fairytales.

A rebuttal is that humans are able to differentiate between good and evil due to human solidarity. From evolution, we have evolved into having an innate sense of “knowing” good and evil. The problem here is that if macroevolution is indeed real, then morality has to have evolved along with it. Our behavior as a people should be improving. This does not seem so as the 20th century was historically the bloodiest time in the history of the universe. Even today we have a plethora of technological advances and medical breakthroughs, but our selfishness allows for people to die from curable illnesses EVERYWHERE (violence of omission). Our greed has caused breakdowns in ALL aspects of our society. With technology we build more efficient warfare weapons. The 20th century alone drew more blood than the previous 19 centuries combined. Second and third-world country rebellions and causalities have become so cliche that our news media would rather talk about Justin Bieber’s latest excursion.

It can be said that we have evolved into knowing morality because we have learned to help one another in order to survive. This is a half-truth. We have also killed one another, conquered countries, and cheated on exams in order to progress together as human beings. Who can then say that one way is correct and one is not when they both achieve the same goal. Some people prefer to cheat on an exam rather than study for one. Some people do not like dogs staring while they eat. Where do we find objective standards? It will sound arrogant to some, but the source has always been God.

Romans 1:20 is going to claim that evidence of God’s existence can be seen in everywhere. It can be seen in the greatest, extraordinary things of this world. It can also be seen in the smallest particulars of this world. Are we opening our eyes to see the Truth? The same problem that was blinding our grandparents, Adam and Eve, still blinds us to this day. Luckily, Jesus left his throne and came to earth to die and resurrect for forgiveness of our sins. Luckily, for those who believe, the blinders have now been lifted (2 Corin. 3:14-18). We have freedom to see! Praise God, we can see!

Bye-Bye Christianity, Hello Atheism (Satire)

It has begun! I have considered my options and, well, decided that it is time to join the ranks of atheist team. #TeamAtheist. It was imminent since it just seems more practical and also makes me warm inside to believe that I control my fate and not some tyrannical being in the air. Albeit, it is true that I have physically experienced spiritual warfare, seen numerous extraordinary answered prayers, been an eyewitness to an injured foot being miraculously healed, and heard of many other stories that confirm there is a true God…I just really believe that I know more “real” knowledge and will not subject myself to silly myths anymore.

Now I can already sense what you Christians are getting all riled up. Just calm down, you can join me on this adventurous bandwagon of Real Truth. There is room. I’ll do us all a favor and give you point-by- point reasons to why atheism is better than your mythical faith. I will address it as if I am being debated by a Christian with a few of their best reasons that prove Christianity is real, and I’ll combat it with my wit and intelligence. Because even though God is forever in age, I still know a thing or two in my own youth. I have a college degree and the Internet at my disposal.

  • Christian apologists would say: There are 66 books of the Bible, written over a 1500 year span, with 40 different authors (each with wildly different personalities and social statuses, but wrote with exact unity), and 2300 archeological digs (not one refuting the Bible).

-I will answer to you that you are correct. But there is an American scholar who claims to have recently found ancient evidence that proves that Jesus was made up. I’ll admit that he’s probably very biased and, to the contrary, has likely found nothing to negate 2000 years of your historical evidence. However, he gives me hope. #TeamAtheist

  • Christian apologists would say: There are 6000 manuscripts written in the days of Jesus and the early church by random everyday people at the time. We can recreate over 90% of the Bible with those manuscripts alone. There are only 12 ancient manuscripts of Julius Caesar, 10 for Aristotle, and 0 for Socrates. Would you not believe in the latter three either?

-I will answer: Of course I believe Caesar, Socrates, and Aristotle were real people. I’d be foolish to believe otherwise. Still I do not believe Jesus was real. I need more proof.

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  • Christian apologists would say: So you believe that we came from literally nothing? A dot? In order to create we need time, space, and matter. All three have to commend to existence at the same instance. None of those three entities can create themselves. They need an outside force to do so. How did they come into existence?

-I do not know. But cosmic evolution is still possible. We just need further technological advances to get there. #Atheist4Life

  • Christian apologists would say: A star explodes in the galaxy about every 30 years. This occurrence is called a “Super-Nova” and can be spotted afterwards. If the earth is millions of years old, why are there less than 300 Super-Novas found in all the galaxies? Should there not be millions of them around, over time, with your atheistic theory?

-Hmm touche, touché.

  • Christian apologists would say: What about the numerous amounts of former intellectually staunch atheists and historians who eventually converted to Christianity during their studies? Do you not think that God wooed them to Himself by allowing them to see truth?

-Ahh, you see those ex-skeptics were weak. C.S. Lewis was weak. I am much more competitive and will not allow myself to fall into the subversive hands of Christianity. I will train myself to have a closed mind and, in turn, eventually work my way up to allow a hardening of my mind to any concept of faith. The wonderful part of that is that as I further train myself, the more biased truth I will psychologically believe. It will get to the point that I will fully believe in any atheistic principal or finding regardless of any evidential merit.

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Ok, if you have not guessed it yet, this is all satire. However, I have much more on my chest that has to be released to the atheist community.

I am constantly fearful of you all. This particular blog post is infinitely miniscule to the amount of information out there that points to the validity of scripture and of a triune God. On the other hand, there is also information out there that can lead you to believe the contrary. How else would the “hardening of the heart” be achieved, as in Romans 1:28 and Exodus 9:12. How else would Satan and his powers of darkness put in their two cents to skew the legitimacy of the Gospel, as foretold in Ephesians 6:12 and Revelation 12:9. Be careful intelligent ones. Lawyers, doctors, businesswoman, professors… lest you begin to believe in your own finite abilities. Be careful liberal youth, artists and freethinkers… lest you slip into a culture that deems God as controlling and fake. Our society heightens the beliefs of the 17th century Age of the Enlightenment past its initial purposes. We love ourselves so much that we become territorial animals against anything that will rail against that love for ourselves (i.e. God). Many times I get headaches with the weak arguments brought up by atheists. NONE of which a strong enough to ever stomp Christianity. It takes more faith to believe what you believe.

You can never know it all because mystery is a prerequisite for faith; and without faith it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11. There will never be enough false information created or debates that will eliminate our faith. Christianity is booming in China, Africa, Korea, etc. Do not be deceived by what you may see in your few seconds here on earth, or on your small radii of where you live. There are things at hand of which you cannot see. God’s kingdom will steadily build. Proof of his reality will steadily be seen (Romans 1:20). Luckily for us all, God in his infinitely loving grace is welcoming you and I to join Him. He loved us enough to die – even for those that do not believe. If you have a tingling desire of that invitation, then seek it out. Seek the truth. It is eternally worth it.

The Praise of Cute Babies, Ryan Gosling’s Abs, and Holiness

There we sat in the movie theater, with about 200 other people, just in time to see the opening of Crazy Stupid Love. With this being in the genre of a romantic comedy, it is safe to say that the female gender took the majority count in the room, ha. Midway through the movie we finally approached the imminent flirtatious scene between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (my future wife). What happened next turned out to be hilarious – Ryan Gosling takes off his shirt… and on the 32-foot tall, 75-foot wide movie theater scene, 200 people received a full HD view of his 8-pack abs. I kid you not, every girl in the theater automatically gave some type of audible reaction. 70 girls gave a deep gasp, 70 other girls giggled, and 30 other girls clapped. The 30 guys in the movie theater just smacked their teeth in a jealously retorted gesture. However, the reactions from the girls were priceless. There was a warm delight that triggered in their eyes and bubbled up into a spontaneously audible reaction. An external praise.

ImageNow, let us ask ourselves a question: Why is it that there was such outward expression givien off by those girls? Why did they not just feel the delight and keep that feeling to themselves? We know that their reactions to Ryan’s abs were not forced out but, on the other hand, were naturally performed. That action is slightly weird when you think about it, is it not?

Another example – In the church that I attend we have experienced this “baby boom” over the past 10 months. Literally, there are babies everywhere. I am scared. (I have a prophetic theory that the babies are going to take over the church and turn us into their slaves… but that is neither here nor there). One established fact is that the babies are awfully adorable. I mean my goodness they are precious.  They turn heads like it’s their jobs. People are continuously complementing the babies, continuously gathering around them, and continuously telling other people about a new baby that they must see. What is it that causes us to react like this? It is not as if we haven’t seen a baby before.

The answer happens to be the exact same reason that God asks us to praise him. All throughout the Bible we see numerous instances where God says to give him joyful praises.  C.S. Lewis, who used to be a staunch atheist until his conversion, used to hate Christianity for this reason. He felt as if God was this old beggar-woman asking for praises all the time. After his conversion, he realized the truth behind why God demands that we praise him:

C.S. Lewis –

Just as men spontaneously praise whatever they value, so they spontaneously urge us to join them in praising it: ‘Isn’t she lovely? Wasn’t it glorious? Don’t you think that magnificent?’…

…“I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed.”

What Lewis is saying is that the reason girls in a movie theater naturally give an external reaction to Ryan Gosling’s gorgeous abs is because their joy in those abs does not feel complete until they let it out. The reason we tell people about cute babies is because we have to share this news in order to complete the feeling. The initial joy is fuel that leads us into some form of obedience to achieve the full joy. We see this with Instagram and Facebook as well. We post pictures of the coffee we’re sipping or the delicious meal we’re eating because we must tell someone. Weird, huh? We do it all the time. We are by design worshipers and want people to join us in that feeling of gratification. God wired us for this. God’s demand to praise him is not meant for Himself.  God does not need our approval. He tells us to praise him because in the act of praising we walk into a fulfillment of the eternal-like joy that we were created for. If God loves you he would want what is best for you. What is best for you is Himself. In order for your joy to be naturally completed, it must be expressed. The scriptures are hinting to us, “do you want fullness of joy…do you want everlasting peace and freedom…then praise God in all things with all your heart.” Isaiah 25:1, Psalm 150:2, James 5:13, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, etc.

The Lord wants us to understand that anything we praise that does not end in praise of the triune God will be fleeting (Job 7:6-7, Psalm 144:4, James 4:14). Ryan’s abs will not last forever, babies eventually reach the terrible twos, delicious sandwiches will quickly disappear, and Tom Brady will eventually grow too old for the game. Unless our everyday pleasures end in ultimate praise in Jesus Christ then those pleasures are restricted. Everything that is seen is transient. Our hope lies in focusing more on what is unseen. Jesus takes our sins, dies on the cross in our place for our sins, then rises from death. He gives us his righteousness. He gives us his heart. The more our affections are stirred for Christ, that joy will fuel our obedience to worship, to evangelize, and to naturally give off fruits of the spirit…freely. Not as a job or obligation but because we already feel his affections for us. Continually sitting underneath this Gospel story causes us to continually remember, which in turn, naturally triggers that “joy of eternal significance”. That joy that creation yearns for.

Let us adore Him. Let us praise Him.

Sources:

Reflections on the Psalms. C.S. Lewis. 1958.

“The Bible is elegantly true”, proves Alexander The Great??

In a little over three weeks, we will be celebrating Alexander the Great’s 2368th birthday! There may be a few Facebook events popping up soon for celebrations. Alexander the Great lived the kind of eventful life that every young, rough, adolescent boy dreams of having. Wars, fighting, and winning those wars. Men admired him and neighboring countries feared him. Being taught for most of his childhood by the one and only Aristotle, Alexander definitely possessed an astutely educated mind.

In 336 BC, Alexander became king of Macedon. The rest of his life was then devoted to conquering land and gaining power…. as well as removing anything and anyone that came in his way. When it came to ego and basic morals, he immediately went bunkers – as history tells us that most tyrannical kings seem to do. Alex (can I call you Alex?) killed his family members, past allies, he conquered Greek city-states, Egypt, and most of Asia itself. If we are going to compare wit, leadership, and tactical brilliancy, then Alex laughs in the face of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and also makes Bin Laden seem as smart as Aaron Hernandez.

Lastly, there was one particular conquest that set Alex apart from any others before him. After defeating Persia, his new goal was to take control of the key port of Tyre. Now it just so happens that Tyre was located on an island approximately half a mile from the mainland and was heavily fortified with walls up to 150-ft high! In this day and age we have the Navy and Air Force that can easily get to an island, but they did not have this luxury. Not letting this stop them, Alex and his engineering buddies devised a plan to connect the mainland to the island. They realized the water was very shallow, being only 3 feet deep. So they collected rubble, old boulders, and other remaining ruins from the nearby “old city” of Tyre that was still connected to the mainland and threw it all in the water to form a small road. This, in modern-day engineering terms, is called a jetty. With this jetty created from pieces of an old ruined city, 30,000 army men were now to be able to travel over water to destroy the “newly” rebuilt Tyre. They used every scrap they could to build it until the “old” Tyre was completely empty. Alex did, indeed, get what he wanted. It was an epic battle.

They eventually conquered the “new” island of Tyre. However, why is this important? What is so awesome and incredibly mind-blowing about this, is that God foretells of this occurrence happening to Tyre about 257 years before this event took place.

In 590 BC, the prophet Ezekiel (Ezekiel 26:1 to 28:19) foretold that King Nebuchadnezzar’s army would lay siege to Tyre; and that over time, other nations would also go to war against Tyre, continually scraping its foundations to bare rock and would lay its stones and debris in the midst of the sea. Ezekiel further prophesied that eventually Tyre would never be rebuilt again and that it would be a place for the “spreading of nets.”

When this scripture was written, Tyre was a thriving city in Asher. It was NOT an island at all. What Ezekiel said is that nations will come like waves (i.e. over time) and eventually wipe Tyre clean away. Three years later Nebuchadnezzar goes to war against Tyre…followed by the Chaldeans, the Assyrians, the Greeks, Saracens, and the Crusaders over the span of many many years. I would not be shocked if my grandparents went to war against Tyre as well. Apparently it was the cool thing to do. During all this time of losing wars, and before Alexander The Great came in, the few citizens left in Tyre we able to build an island off the mainland, the “new” Tyre. The “old” Tyre was still in Asher but was destroyed to rubble. It was not wiped clean yet as scripture said it would be. However, God said that “old” Tyre would eventually be wiped clean and thrown in the ocean. Sooooo, if this doesn’t happen, maybe God lied to us. Well, that’s where Alexander The Great came into play. One of the ways God’s sovereignty worked over Alex was to fulfill His own prophecy of finishing the complete dismantling of the “old” Tyre AND throwing its rubble and other pieces into the ocean. Which we just mentioned that Alex and his army did exactly that.

The prophecy came true to the last detail. As all of God’s prophecies seem to do. Boom Shocka Locka. God wins once again. Scuba divers today can dive along the jetty to see many of the granite columns Alexander’s army dumped into the sea. In all of history, Tyre is the only city to have all of its rubble cast into the sea. Even the prophetic detail of the fishing nets in those verses has proved accurate. For hundreds of years fishermen have spread out their nets to dry on those jetty rocks.

How awesome is it that we have a holy and loving God that says he’s going to do something and then he actually does it. God says let there be light and there is. He tells the earth to flood and it does. Jesus tells a dead man to wake up and the man does. I love our Father. He fills me with awe.

Psalm 115:3 ; Isaiah 43

Angels & Fairytales: Imagine a Box

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Focus. Picture a box. Imagine what the box will look like. It’s simple and open at the top. Now picture yourself climbing into the box. Sit down. Run your fingers along the surface. Maybe you have to hug your knees to your chest in order to fit inside. Now enlarge the box to a size that will allow you mobility. Imagine that from the day you were born until this very day…that all that you know is inside that box. Now enlarge that box even further, making its dimensions indefinite. Picture a community of people to live in it with you – consisting of family, friends, and strangers. This box and the surrounding 4 walls are all that your subjective awareness holds.

Here comes the tricky curveball:

Continue to imagine yourself inside this indefinite box. Really transfer your mind and soul into imagining the reality of this “box” scenario. My question is – Can you imagine anything outside of the box that is not presently inside the box? That is, would your brain be able to create a single story that goes beyond what you have experienced your entire life within those 4 walls?

The answer is that it is impossible to do so. If you were somehow able to imagine anything outside the box then what you created was a fairytale or myth, with respect to the foundational elements that already exist in your box. Therefore, by creating a story outside the box, all you have done is subconsciously grab hold of some form of truth from within the inside and transcend it outward. This explains why, ever since the beginning of time, we have been able to create stories of a spiritual world. Myths and fairytales exist to satisfy primordial (i.e. original) human desires. Myths are not lies, they convey the essential truth and primal reality of life itself. Anything pictured outside the box MUST be innately created. Craaazzy huh? Let see if it can get a tiny bit clearer…

ImageThis box represents the laws of materialism. Taking superiority in our society,  materialism states that “physical matter is the only reality and that everything, including thought, feeling, mind, and will, can be explained in terms of matter and physical experience.” Materialism imprisons us in a world of matter and physical facts; void of any divine god. They’ve basically convinced us that this is all there is. Materialism is one of the fruits of “The Age of The Enlightenment”. We studied this for only about 1.5 days in the 9th grade, ha (remember Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferon, etc..). The Enlightenment started in the 18th century and boomed in popularity. They believed that human reason could overcome superstition, tyranny, and the troubles in their world at the time. Many really great things came out of The Enlightenment that we benefit from today. However, one of their main targets was the Church. The Enlightenment brought in ideas of individualism and identity of self; and coupled with a new rebellious nature, against authority, that said, “No one is the boss of me”. So now we have some massive problems. The key being that it turned man’s eyes further away from God and deeper onto himself in every aspect of life and culture. We were already sinners, but now The Enlightenment exalts the “self” beyond what was normal and made it worse.

But lets bring it back to our simple box. If this earthly box is all there is, how are we able to picture and imagine things outside the walls. How can we create stories, spanning thousands of years, of a true loving God that created the universe if he does not exist? Stories of the supernatural. This boils downward to the everyday Disney movies, Justin Beiber songs, and the current craziness over the NBA Playoffs. Is it not ironic that Disney Movies always seem to portray an unlikely hero that comes along to save a people. These are all shadows of something bigger. Myths are a beautiful video that allows us a fleeting, but powerful glimpse of what is truly outside. They allow us to escape the 4-walls of materialism to see the truer beauty that lies above.

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My favorite chick-flick is Serendipity. I watch it about 25 times a year, at least. It is a story about chance and fate. About not quitting until you find that mythical “soul-mate” (It’s cheesy but it’s totally awesome!!!). You see, the screenwriter did not pull this fairytale of fate and everlasting love out of fictional thin air. As J.R.R. Tolkein once put it,

“We make things by the law in which we are made. We create because we were created. Creativity and imagination is God’s image-ness in us. We tell stories because God is a storyteller. We use words. He uses history.”

Serendipity’s plot of fate was taken from our innate sense of the prophecies and promises of Jesus coming as our Savior. Serendipity’s yearning for true-love was taken from our innate desire for the unfailing love of Christ.

Christianity is the archetype of all stories. It is the story in which all other stories have their source.

  • Greek Mythology, as fake/counterfeit as it is, still dips its authorial hands into Christianity for its wonderful stories.
  • Video games such as Halo and Call of Duty sell big because the gamers get a high from the feeling of glory each time the achieve a killing spree.  (FYI, playing Halo was the best years of my life)
  • We flock to watch Game of Thrones, Iron Man 3 and Superman because the glory depicted in the films makes us feel great.

This glory should be experienced in the worship of Christ and living out his exciting call on us. This can go on into music, politics, culture, and other domains of society.

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C.S. Lewis nailed it by saying, “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.” Luckily, for believers we know that ‘In the beginning was God.’

Picture a box. Picture yourself climbing into that box. Now picture Jesus in walking towards you and the box suddenly disappearing.

Some sources…

  1. http://public.callutheran.edu/~brint/Arts/Tolkien.pdf
  2. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705307318/1815-30-Birth-of-modernity-and-the-rise-of-materialism.html?pg=all
  3. http://www.apologetics315.com/2012/06/cs-lewis-on-reasoning-to-atheism.html
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age_of_Enlightenment#Influence