Sunday, April 22, 2012
When Atheists Judge You
When I was pregnant with my first child I was young, unmarried, and because I was so liberal, rather proud of myself. I had a feeling she would be a boy. Yes, she. I was totally wrong. But at the time, I was convinced she was a boy. I was in college at the time--literature major--and many of the professors were man-hating Christian-hating, loaded with "white guilt," liberals. My history professor was one of the worst. "White, Christian males are bad. They're responsible for all of the ills of the world." When you're hormonal, thinking you're carrying a white male in your belly, this is hard to take. My unborn baby had already been judged unfit. Maybe it was all of the tears I'd shed after that class, but the liberal scales started to fall from my eyes. These people who always said Christians were judgmental, well, weren't they being judgmental themselves?
In my experience, atheists verbally attack Christians, not for behaving as Christians, oddly enough, but for behaving as atheists. With the rise of the internet, they have a whole new arena in which to work.
Obviously I'm not talking all atheists. The majority don't bring up matters of faith, or when they do pop up, they're respectful, open minded, and judge people as individuals rather than preconceived stereotypes. Sadly, the atheist "haters"(people who comment on blogs, on YouTube, at a party, etc. for the sole purpose of saying hateful things), are so much more in-your-face than your average atheist that you must remind yourself that the average atheist is in fact, behaving quite like a Christian. In this post, I'm not talking about those atheists.
So, what are things atheists criticize? Typically, not praying, though they do scoff at our faith, as if they didn't have faith in anything unproven. They conveniently forget that Darwinian evolution is only a theory. (BTW, Catholics are free to believe in evolution. See below)*
They criticize us for behaving as atheists. They latch onto the stereotype of a judgmental, self-righteous, hateful person with no room in his/her heart for love. They assume our faith is without reason and that we haven't thought it through. And they accuse us of being robots with no mind of our own. Essentially, Hate-filled robots. That would make a catchy band name.
Maybe there are mean Christians, but I daresay they are Christian only in name. A person with genuine faith in Christ tries to put their whole life into living with His values: love, humility, generosity, stewardship over the earth, self-sacrifice. Yes, sometimes we fail. We get grumpy and snap at somebody. We give in to selfishness. We're not perfect. But it's not because of our religion that we behave badly, as the atheist believes-- without proof ;-) but when we go against our religious principles.
The atheist view is that we're all just jumbles of cells formed into animals by chance. The species popped up and thrived because some individuals happened to be more fit than others. And we have no souls.
Why do "hater" atheists not simply shrug when they see a Christian behaving as if we're all animals and that survival of the fittest is the rule of the day? Shouldn't they be happy to see somebody living those values? No. Because deep down, they know we were made for more. They recognize evil and good in spite of their disbelief in God. They know in their hearts there in a standard for GOOD that human society didn't invent. It's without scientific explanation. It doesn't match their proposed worldview. But they cannot ignore the inner sense of right and wrong put into them by The Creator.
But why do they attack random Christians with false judgments? Christians who may be good people? Why not get to know somebody before seeing them only as a stereotype? Maybe some atheists were hurt by a bad Christian. And we all know if you're harmed, by all means, hate everyone from that religion, ethnic group, or gender for the rest of your life and teach that hatred to your children and students so they can pass it on to theirs. :p
As for Christianity being without reason. Well, can't know that without investigation. Some Christians simply know it's true, but can't tell you why. Many of these are beautifully close to our Lord and very good people in the best sense of the word good. Others have examined and studied their faith and have figured out there is very good reason for it. I'll go into that on another post. This one has grown longer than I usually like.
But if you do want proofs of God's existence, please see Peter Kreeft's website.
*God created all things. He is the prime mover. If he wants to create a new species out of a preexisting one, He can. And worlds better than we can, I gather from the evidence. We've bred flies like you wouldn't believe and all the scientists could see were more flies. We've bred dogs. We get quite a variety from mastiffs and cockapoos, but they never evolve into anything but dogs. If evolution created species, then it wasn't by chance.