Atheism is making a bid to become the thought-system of choice these days. Just go to YouTube and search for the Blasphemy Challenge.
The Rationale Squad is challenging people to make videos denying/blaspheming the Holy Spirit. You can watch people deny the Holy Spirit along with unicorns and leprechauns. The goal is to be sentenced to hell I suppose. It even made the news.
The Gospel story from Matthew 12 is the basis for this. Some of the Jewish leaders attribute Jesus’ miracles to a demon. In response, Jesus states:
12:31 For this reason I tell you, people will be forgiven for every sin and blasphemy, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. 12:32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven. But whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
I think that taken in context, you can’t state that a flat denial of the Holy Spirit equals a sentence to hell. That would be too simplistic. The slander going on the Gospel is far more serious than these “smart-ass” YouTube videos. They’re equating the power of God with evil. But enough exposition.
The Blasphemy Challenge isn’t the only appearance of atheism these days. Candleblog, one of Vermont’s top blogs, has a lengthy discussion with views for and against atheism.
And come to think of it, we’ve had it coming for a long time. While getting cleaned up in the Settlers of Catan Card Game by Julie, we listened to Jesus Christ Superstar. In my opinion, the more blasphemous the message, the better the song.
Mary Magdelene’s love song to Jesus, Herod’s mocking little ditty, and then “good ole'” Judas’ rocking closing number are simply amazing songs . . . and they’re all taking some major shots at Jesus.
So what are good little Christ followers to do? Respond in kind with our own little YouTube campaign? Make up a CD with catchy tunes about believing in God? Hopefully not. There is a Christian response. Just a few thoughts to round things off:
We can argue and rationalize until our wrists ache from typing hour upon hour, but let’s face, atheism and Christianity require a certain measure of faith. With very well-documented miracles on the books, I’d say it’s harder to believe in no god than to deny one, but that’s just me. Still, if there’s no god, then there are tough questions that we need to answer. For example, where does our moral sense come from?
It’s all fun and games to mock God while in good health, but time and time again I have watched fragile belief systems crumble under the weight of tragedy. And these people have turned to Christians. Why is that? Superstition? Maybe. But perhaps there’s a solid, genuine permanence to Christianity that can endure and rise above crisis.
In the end, God is a mystery. I can’t prove or defend God. No one can provide the definitive proof. But I can share my confidence and faith because I know that God speaks to me and through me. I can only give my word that it happens to myself and to countless other followers of Jesus.
We can spend all day cracking on stupid, sinful Christians who provide stumbling blocks for people who would otherwise come to God. But in the end, it’s really about coming to Jesus, not these other people.
God is far more flexible than we give him credit for. Seek God on his terms and it will work out. He will lead you to him and to others who have found him. And that’s all that matters. atheism, Christianity, faith, Jesus, youtube, vermont