As a follower of Jesus Christ I want to tell everyone about my faith. Early in my “old is gone and new in Christ walk” I experienced that “high” of a new relationship and was “hooked” on the feeling of being so in love with my Lord. I still love Him of course, it is just that as a mature believer I know my relationship with God is more than a feeling and is grounded in fact.
However, this I also know – that many of those who interact with “Christians” think that we are all about the “feel good” and that there is no basis, other than myth and emotion that gives is the reason for our faith and hope.
We are accused of checking our brains at the door, because a thinking person could not possibly believe the Bible, or that some guy rose from the dead or that there even is a God…after all, isn’t this world full of pain and tragedy?
How could a God, especially a good God allow that? It’s all about our God-given free will, but that is a topic for later discussion.
However, when I was a sophomore in college I had to take a psychology class that required me to study Friedrich Nietzsche among many others. (DeCartes, Hume, Freud etc.). Nietzsche’s famous quote “Gott ist tot” (God is Dead) has been atheists battle cry for centuries.
The Richard Dawkins quote above is another perfect example of this. He is perhaps the most renowned 20th century atheist alive (only surpassed by Steven Hawking, theoretical physicist, cosmologist at Cambridge University). However, both men espoused the same “intelligent” and high brow attitude toward people of faith, in particularly, Christians. Dawkins is famous by his manifesto, The God Delusion and through his academic approach based on hypothesis and hyperbole, he has re-directed or reproached many, advising to take the “wide road” that leads away from personal faith in Jesus Christ and on to a destination of destruction. His future meeting with God does not look bright unless by His grace, he turns and repents.
That said, this weekend I attended the opening of a movie that calls attention to the atheistic attacks on Christianity and offers well-thought out academic arguments that poke scientific holes into many of the arguments that have thus been presented against a divine creator. See the review below:
God’s Not Dead, the movie, presents a college freshman (Josh Wheaton) and devout Christian who finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson.
The Professor begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future.
Josh refuses the request, albeit politely and provokes an irate reaction from his professor. Since Josh refuses the assignment, his Professor decides to make him take on an assignment to prove to him and the class, that God is not dead.
If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God?
In attending the movie, I went with 9 teenage young women who are believers as well. Interestingly, each of them described the impact it had on them too, with one of them texting me later and saying “this movie changed my life.”
Why? Well because whether we are “cradle Christians” (those who grew up in the faith) or people who come to accept Christ as their Lord later in life (like me) – one day we ALL have to own our own faith. We have to defend what we believe on the facts, not the feelings.
The Apostle James reminded of this as well when he wrote, that if we are double minded, we will be tossed around like a boat in a storm…we need to use our brains AND our hearts to understand the character of our God and WHY we believe what we do. I found that this movie helps in doing that, especially appropriate for young people getting ready to go on to higher education – as they will face professors like the one in the movie. They will also be called on throughout life to defend their beliefs in fact – not feeling.
That said, I urge all to go see the movie, invite as many believers and non-believers as possible and be prepared and girded to have to some interesting and perhaps tough conversations afterward – and be sure NOT to check your big, beautiful GOD-made brain at the Door!
Watch The Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90PWFEeRApA