I didn’t really express my thoughts adequately in my last posts. Lets try again….
I said that atheism is basically selfish because within it there is no stated standard of behaviour. I also said that within Christianity there is a clearly stated expectation to care for the poor, which, if abided by, the world would be vastly improved. Case in point, if all people in the first world tithed 10% then problems would be solved.
I don’t advocate that Christians do this because they are scared of the ramifications, of of eternal damnation, or anything like that. I suggest that a book which people respect and love, more specifically the gospels, advocates a way of life that is a better way to live. We are told that it will make us uncomfortable and will inconvenience is. But it is the right thing to do
Now I know very well that ‘atheist’ simply means that someone doesn’t believe in god. Given that I was an actual card carrying member of a skeptical society, I also know that many atheists feel connected into a movement, and their holy book is the god delusion.
Many people that I know state that they are offended by the idea that they can’t be ‘good without god’ of course they can be. But in my experience, atheists spend much more time posting memes about how ignorant and sheeplike Christians are than working on soup kitchens or, again, tithing10% of their income.
It’s easy to be good and to give. A bit. But to shake things up and make your life uncomfortable for people that you don’t know, and who will never thank you- well, that’s harder. That doesn’t come naturally. And that’s where I think that being a Christian has it all over being an atheist. Christianity introduced a whole new paradigm of thought- why should we assumed that we have a right to these things in our life? Why do we keep hold of is money like its our own? Why should the default position in our life be one of comfort? We feel that we have a legitimate claim to all these things in our life- money, time, comfort. If we’re not careful we can sound like a petulant 2 year old stating ‘mine’ every time something tickles their fancy. In actual fact, we are all just passengers on this planet, and every one of us in the developed world should Han our heads in shame that we are not doing enough to help the babies that have died while I have been writing is post.
A belief in the authenticity of the gospels pulls us out of our own self- centred righteousness and makes us take a good hard life at our entitled attitudes.