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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Atheism?

I recently found out someone I know is an Atheist. I don't know them well, but it was still a little surprising. I have never really "gotten" Atheism. It seems to me that it is just another form of religion. You have to be really sure (have faith) that there is no God to actively deny His existence. I have heard arguments where Atheists say this isn't faith. They say they rely only on what is quantifiable. What about the stuff that you can't measure, see, or explain? How do you quantify why you like chocolate over vanilla? People tend to act like things they don't understand don't exist. I guess using that logic "particle physics" doesn't exists for me. Faith is just as real as the ground we all walk on, and just like any other principle it can be learned. You need to put time and effort into it just as you would learning so called "Particle Physics" (heavy on the sarcasm). I think it is interesting that even in Biblical times this was made clear. Paul Said in Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Of course even for us that have Faith it is nice to have some concrete confirmation of that faith once in awhile. As I see it Science and Religion are not mutually exclusive, there is a lot of stuff out there that can't be seen or explained, faith handles these quite nicely. For all the stuff that can be quantified, we have science. I think God works through natural laws to bring about his will. He has a greater understanding of how and why this world works than any of us can hope to achieve in this life. The Doctrine and Covenants 93:36 says "The Glory of God is Intelligence"Atheists say religious people need to be more open minded, but it seems to me that the only people that are close minded are the ones who have convinced themselves they already have all the answers. This includes Atheist and Theist alike.

2 comments:

Raspberry said...

I hear ya - I've never understood how someone could deny the existence of God or any higher being. I think they have just gotten so tired of trying to understand everything about God and figure out everything about Him logically that they've chosen the easy way out instead. It's like since they can't make sense of one aspect, they throw out the baby with the bath-water. It's complicated, but none of our lives are possible without having faith in something.

Aaron said...

They tend to give up when they can't understand and there is also a sense of they don't want to have their lives governed by anyone but themselves. If there is no God, there are no real rules other than make yourself happy which is the lazy way out to a false sense of happiness.

If you continue down the particle physics example and expand it, there are so many things basic life things that everyone does everyday based off faith so these people have faith and beliefs, they just do not want to put faith in God because the pay off is not as immediate and requires more effort than things they want.

I knew someone fell away from the church claiming there is no God. He did eventually make an effort to come back, but it was just too much effort to repent and fight his way back so he gave up and went back to claiming ther is no God.

Final thing to say, Amen to the close minded ness. It is funny how Atheist, and other groups of people as well, who claim to be open minded and have "expanded minds" in their views are often the most close minded and most beligerant if you voice an opinion that differs from theirs. If I talk to an Atheist and he doens't want to hear it, I let it drop, most Athesits though, will argue and fight trying to destroy your belief because there can be no opinion except their own. Closed minded to the last.

Good blog Scott, today's entry was a very good one.