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Friday, April 28, 2017

Enriching His Love For Us

Christ died on the cross because of His love,
He ascended into heaven above.
We spread His love by the words we teach,
So others know it is not out of reach.
We demonstrate God’s love through our good action,
So more join Love’s magnetic attraction.
We show love though generous deed,
So that putrid sin will therefore impede.    

Is Faith Irrational?

  • Introduction:
          -Well-known atheistic individuals such as Richard Dawkins lay the charge that Christians establish all of their beliefs on an empty shell of faith. In other words, many opponents of Christianity argue that the entire religion is based on belief without any substantiated evidence. It is claimed that Christians uphold their beliefs on completely biased and irrational grounds, which are allegedly unproven claims of ministers and personal feelings or revelations. Atheists maintain that we must possess "factual evidence" in order to believe in something with any degree of certainty. In summary, what they are saying is that anything that cannot be proven or tested in a laboratory has to automatically be deemed false. Atheists and naturalists are quick to rule out the possibility of truth in anything that does not appeal to their five worldly senses. But how is it not irrational to dismiss any given idea (i.e. religion) as being false when there is no rational or scientific basis for establishing a denial? Is there not a need for certitude in order to accept the validity of any given concept in life, as atheist professors such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens profess to believe?  If we do not have evidence for a specific claim, then would it not be more reasonable to embrace the possibility of it being true until evidence is provided suggesting otherwise? Obviously, atheists are being inconsistent with themselves. They have ulterior motives for rejecting the belief in a supreme deity. They reject such because they want to be in a constant state of rebellion, that is, not in want of being governed by a supreme entity.
  • The Distinction Between Rational And Irrational Faith:
            -Faith in itself is not merely a mental conviction that is founded without evidence. It is not equivalent to blind submission. It is not simply an irrational whim or a form of wishful thinking. There is a relationship between the notions of faith and certainty. We must have certainty beyond a shadow of a doubt in order to truly believe in anything. Our faith must be tested or proven. It must be based on reason, which operates on the basis of our free will. Our faith is based on reason. It is based on what we know to be true. This is what constitutes true, biblical faith in the fundamental tenants of the Christian religion. 

  • Undeniable Limitations:
               -On the contrary, it is impossible to examine the truth of everything that we have seen or heard each day. Our lives are simply too short to test the validity of everything that we may have learned in school. Neither are we able to possess infallible certainty because our minds are limited by design. We are simply finite beings who are liable to error. If a person decided to doubt the truth behind everything, then he or she would never have any certainty behind the truth of anything because such a mindset would lead to a never ending quest to possess complete certainty. In this scenario, the entire concept of certainty would be destroyed. Trust in itself would also be highly illogical. Without certainty, nobody would be able to make judgments or commit any time to internalizing foreign concepts in college for the sake of a desired job career. Court systems could not function to judge the guilt of criminals. The idea of faith is inevitable, and is even necessary for the continuation of human life. The best kind of certainty that the human mind can hold in any given circumstance is "beyond a shadow of a doubt". Hence, this is the reason that the atheistic charge that "any degree of faith is completely irrational" does not hold water.     

  • Science Is Not The Answer To Everything:
             -Let us consider for a moment some of the essential features of our daily lives. Humans have an internal sense of right and wrong, which is called conscience. Ethical truths exist. For example, we know that human life in itself has intrinsic value. It has sacrosanct. There are inalienable rights. We have incredibly high intellectual and reasoning capacities that no animal on this planet can compete with. Mathematics consists of several infallible formulas, proofs, and theorems. There are principles of beauty and artistic innovation, which are known to us as aesthetics. The universe came into being for a reason. Physical constants have a fine-tuning. Science premises themselves are based on major assumptions, for the subject cannot offer a rational explanation for the principles that it operates on. If, as atheistic scientists claim, that all truths must originate from a science laboratory, then life would cease to make any sense. Everything would be meaningless. All of the previously described concepts would be absolutely inapplicable to our lives, since science can offer no explanation for the existence or validity of them. According to the reasoning of these atheists, none of these abstract ideas previously mentioned can be true.
  • Everybody Has Faith:
              -The truth of this matter is that everybody has an innate sense of trust in a set of values. All people subscribe to different belief systems. In other words, faith is inescapable for all people. Everybody has to believe in something. Otherwise, atheism must be rejected as irrational because people who uphold such a position believe that their views are totally correct. Since atheists cannot refute the existence of God, they do indeed base their belief on faith. We also cannot prove the truthfulness of scientific laws, though we still accept them as true. In reality, atheists are the ones who embrace many unproven ideas. In the end, all that we can really do is use our fallible minds to the best of our abilities to differentiate truth from error. Since a distinction exists between truth and what we perceive as truth, we must share our views with other people who uphold differing perspectives in an impartial manner.