A while back I read the book Christian Atheist by Craig Groeschel and it was a very delightful and insightful read. I got to thinking about the subject tonight and I started listening to the song The Truth is Who You Are by Tenth Avenue North and a passion to write a note on the subject really got to me.
I searched for religions on Wikipedia and found the percentages in the United States of America (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_the_United_States) and find, intriguingly, that Christianity is 59.9 to 76% of Americans. The majority of Americans are Christian, but the majority of those Christians are Christian Atheist. Christian Atheist is defined by Groeschel as “a person who claims to believe in God but lives like He doesn’t exist”. This misguided majority misleads the worldview of Christianity. If you read my note on tolerance you understand that tolerance creates to contradictory truths and presents them both to be true (paradox). In that same way a Christian Atheist presents a paradox in form of illogical conveniences, intellectual disparity, and atrocious impurity.
It would be easier if You were just a thought in my head
Simply something that I once read
A belief needing my defense
And it would be easier if You were something I once knew
A hope just to hold on
But You’re holding out Your hands
-The Truth is Who You Are, Tenth Avenue North
It is convenient to have God as just a thought to balance out the processes of good and evil or creation with their knowledge about science and how the world “really” works (now that I’ve set up an expansive thesis…). People that lived through the early high Middle Ages believed the universe and the earth as completely different placed with different laws acting on them coinciding with their belief in the separation of the good of God from the evil of Satan. In that same way, a lot of Christian Atheists attempt to separate their “belief” in God from the fact they know about science when in actuality the two are molded together. C.S. Lewis brings out a basic Law of Human Nature in his book Mere Christianity. Lewis defines this law as a “rule about right and wrong… that everyone knew by nature and did not need to be taught it” (Lewis 4). The very fact that God is good and His goodness defines evil links all humans to Him. In greater detail: 1. we have the Law of Human Nature 2. because we have that law something must define it 3. God is good and his goodness defines evil 4. God defines the Law of Human Nature 5. we have a direct link to God (who demands a response). Therefore, if one is to use God only to say that is ‘good’ that person is to respond to God actually. God doesn’t say “let me define right and wrong so you may go on living as you please,” He says, “I’ve given you the option now you have to make the right choice. One must make war against wrong and glorify that which is right (Romans 7), not cruise through life banking on the fact we have a nonchalant God.