Another immature (if atheists like Dan Barker, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins are anything, it's immature) and thoughtless typical atheist calumny against Believers which I find amusing is the assertion that people believe in God/"create God" because "they are weak" . . . or just to have "comfort" etc., because they can't deal with death or the harsh realities of life.
Like that ray of sunshine himself Karl Marx postulated, "religion is the opiate of the masses."
Especially in this day of post-post-modernism, glorified libertinism, anti-Christian bias, rampant hedonism, idolization of technology and fame . . . do I find this particular charge the most silly . . . and thoughtless.
My atheist friend(s), do you have any idea how many Christians are right now being tortured, raped, plundered, imprisoned, discriminated against and executed right now around the world? According to World Evangelical Alliance over 200 million "Christians in at least 60 countries are denied fundamental human rights solely because of their faith."
Starting with Jesus Christ Himself, then the Apostles . . . and then the early Believers and early church, just for professing a belief in Jesus as the Risen Christ and sharing the Gospel, Believers have been fed to wild animals, roasted alive, stoned to death, crucified, boiled alive, stabbed, hung, flayed and every other imaginable torture the God-hating mind can conceive . . . and you mean to tell me that people believe in God BECAUSE THEY ARE "WEAK" AND LOOKING FOR COMFORT?!?!?!
Right now--just one example of thousands TODAY--Pastor Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor in Iran . . . is sitting in a jail, being beaten and tortured daily, kept away from his wife and young children, being mentally abused . . . and ALL HE HAS TO DO is deny Jesus and renounce his Christian faith . . . and he can be set free.
What kind of comfort, weakness and ease is that?
Even in America now, if you wear a cross, you can be fired from work . . . . If you publicly admit your Biblical beliefs you are often sneered at . . . called a "hater", a "bigot" . . . discriminated against for public employment--your beliefs are mocked on television and in movies; they are impugned, blasphemed, marginalized, called "extreme", "out of the mainstream" . . . .
There is nothing easy, weak or necessarily all that "comforting" in believing in the Christian God and Biblical message. As a Believer, you expect to be judged--exposed by a holy, righteous, just God--ALL your thoughts and deeds, hidden or expressed . . . which is a terrifying and humbling thought for any honest person to consider . . . .
As a Believer, you accept that God has the power to grant everlasting life or everlasting damnation--another weighty thought that convicts the naturally rebellious . . . .
What, in fact, could be more easy and comfortable . . . than to think that THIS life is all there is . . . . That there will be no consequences ultimately for your actions; your hidden (selfish, perverse) thoughts and feelings will never be known, never be shown, never be judged . . . .
An easy way out to me would be to think that this life is all there is and that at the end *poof!* you're gone, as if you never existed . . . .
Also in THIS life, with the current cultural and governmental agendas and biases, if you are anti-Christian, anti-Christ, anti-Bible . . . you are embraced, lauded, promoted--the toast of the town. Whole careers are made for those who debase, mock, attack Biblical Christianity, whereas, if you are a person of faith you can expect to be shunned, derided, passed over, discriminated against, sued and in many parts of the world imprisoned, tortured, raped and persecuted . . . .
The hardest thing of all . . . is to "die to your self". The atheist gets to glorify the self, revel in the self, extol the self, which all comes very naturally and easily to the fallen human condition. But to go against the self, "crucify the flesh", "die to self" . . . is easily the most difficult (and in this world) Unrewarding thing a person can do . . . .
Really now, WHICH . . . is the "weak", "easy", "comfortable" way?
That charge against Believers is . . . as I said, immature, unthoughtful, uninformed, and . . . inept.
(p.s. I haven't yet looked at recent "comments" to post them--there a few building up and I will publish them next time . . . .)