Sep 23 2010

day 60: {blue cheesecake. evangelical atheists.}

Today we are celebrating my nieces birthday, and I made the cake.  She requested cheesecake.  Her favourite colour is blue.  Therefor, a blue cheesecake.  I just realized at this moment how weird this may sound if I just said it aloud to someone.  ”I made a blue cheese cake for my niece.”  No, it’s not made of blue cheese. (ew, that would be a gross cake).  It’s a cheesecake.  And it’s blue.

In other news….

I have been following a thread on facebook that is between an evangelical atheist, a few Christians and some indeterminates (they haven’t made clear indication of either way).  I won’t divulge in the details of thread because it’s SERIOUSLY long winded (the evangelical atheist seems to think that more words + verbosity = smart writing).  But it just got me wondering…
What’s the point of being an evangelical atheist, really?  It seems a little depressing, to be honest.  Here’s how I would imagine in layman’s terms, an atheist trying to convert someone:

(Above: My look of annoyance over
the assumption that being a Christ
follower means you pay no heed to
anything scholarly)

Atheist: Well, I am a seeker of truth.  And the truth is there’s nothing out there.  No point.  Once you die, you die.  The end. Pretty cool, eh?  How about it?  Wanna join the club?
Potential Converter: Err….

Depressing, no?

A lot of what I have heard in atheistic arguments makes the initial assumption that by being a Christian you are automatically discounting anything academic.  It’s as if they are saying, “You’re a Christian?  Geez.  And I thought you were more educated than that.”
As a Christian, however, I believe that God created the earth and everything in it.  I also believe that He set for us so many intricacies within science and nature etc, etc for us to study and learn and grow from.  The presumption that all Christians are blissfully ignorant of academia makes me want to pull out my hair and scream.
For an evangelical atheist to say “You shouldn’t believe in God because science has come so far since two thousand years ago” doesn’t even make sense.  So we’ve learnt more about science.  How does this disprove the existence of God?
I think I could go on about this for a long time, but in the spirit of succinctness,  I’d like to simply get a little post modern here and express my innermost feelings on the subject: “YARG! AAAAAGHHHGHG!!! BAAAHHH!” 
(No, this is not me being ignorant.  It’s just that sometimes monster sound effects are the only way to express ones point.)


Mar 13 2008

"Gods Kingdom"

Gods Kingdom is for models
For the elite and well-to-do.
Gods kingdom is for superstars-
Gods kingdom is not for you.

Only Gods true children,
Get blessed with special things–
Like motor boats, and pick-up trucks
And enormous diamond rings.

At church we plan great parties,
Where we eat and drink and chat,
And tell each other all the things
That we are better at.

We never are in danger–no,
God shields us from the outside life.
We can not raise a finger, lo–
It might cause us some awful strife.

Gods children are the choosey ones.
Not chosen–we chose him!
And this club He is the center of–
- It’s hellish to get in.

We know we are above all else,
Heck, even God himself.
And maybe after a little while,
We’ll put God on a shelf.

We’ll still plan our great parties,
We’ll still boast about our wealth.
And we’ll pity those with ugly clothes
And the poor and sick in health.

“Gods Kingdom” is a special club–
We named it after him.
But now that we have kicked God out,
It’s feeling rather grim.


Feb 13 2008

How does one learn love?

When a father raises a child, what makes him more successful than others?

When he makes a child wait, does the child not learn patience?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says, “My Father does not care for my needs right away. He is too busy for me.”

When he tells the child two, three, or even four times to watch for those who will take advantage of him, will the child learn to be wise?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says, “My Father thinks I am stupid. He thinks I can not pick worthy friends.”

When he scolds the child, does the child stand corrected?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says “My Father does not think I can do anything right.”

When the father asks, “Child, will you take care of my business?” Does the child do so without question?

What if the child does not know his fathers love? What if he goes to bed every night and says, “My Father thinks I am his slave. Every day I toil for him and receive nothing in return.”

Because for a child who does not understand his fathers love, to wait only brings on frustration; to remind, only bitterness; to correct, only belittlement; and service is nothing more than bondage.

A child must learn first that his father loves him, above all else. He can not learn anything before, because it is impossible. Nothing can be given without expressing love first. Nothing can be received without understanding that love.