Things Christians and Atheists Should Agree On
I ran across this article today by David Wong. A great quote:
This is an easy one. I shouldn’t lose anybody here. All you need is examples.
Atheists, you can despise a Falwell or the gay funeral protesting guy, but you’ve known Christians who did it right. Famous ones like Martin Luther King Jr., or just common ones you’ve run across who seem to have an inexaustible well of generosity and good cheer. You know how many charities have crosses on their logo.
Christians… look. The church loves to phrase it like:
“The faithful will be joined with their father in Heaven, while the liars, the murderous, the treacherous will be cast down with Satan and his hordes.”
See the gap there, between the first part of the statement and the second? What about all the people in between? The atheists and Muslims and Buddhists and Scientologists who aren’t murderous or treacherous or liars?
I understand the concept, that all morality comes from God and thus those on the outside are vulnerable to temptation and the devil and all that. But you know good people who aren’t believers. I know you do. You can’t miss them. Therefore:
If God alone can deliver us from temptation,
Some people who don’t believe in God are also able to resist temptation,
God must offer his protection against temptation even to some who don’t believe in God. One could even say that God aids the atheist’s honest desire to follow one of God’s rules… even while he continues to deny God.