Original article here: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1686828,00.html
Ahh, the world never ceases to amaze me… Time Magazine published an article in their December 3, 2007 issue titled, “Sunday School for Atheists.”
As stated in the article, “…The lives of these young people would be much easier, adult nonbelievers say, if they learned at an early age how to respond to the God-fearing majority in the U.S. ‘It’s important for kids not to look weird,’ says Peter Bishop, who leads the preteen class at the Humanist center in Palo Alto.” What?! Can someone please tell me, since when, in this post-modern society we live in today, has being a ‘non-believer’ looked weird??! I was really under the impression that now, more than ever in our lifetime, it’s almost preposterous for someone to believe in God. At least that’s what general society is telling us more and more. Our culture, as a whole, is now trying to push God out of everything in the United States, a nation that was founded on Christianity. But let’s move on…
Humanist, or Humanism defined: a broad category of ethical philosophies that affirm the dignity and worth of all people, based on the ability to determine right and wrong by appeal to universal human qualities — particularly rationality. It is a component of a variety of more specific philosophical systems and is incorporated into several religious schools of thought. Humanism entails a commitment to the search for truth and morality through human means in support of human interests. In focusing on the capacity for self-determination, humanism rejects the validity of transcendental justifications, such as a dependence on belief without reason, the supernatural, or texts of allegedly divine origin. Humanists endorse universal morality based on the commonality of the human condition, suggesting that solutions to human social and cultural problems cannot be parochial.
(Taken from Wikipedia – emphasis mine)
The article continues saying that “after a neighbor showed him the Bible. ‘Damian was quite certain this guy was right and was telling him this amazing truth that I had never shared’…” While I would be more inclined to say ‘good for you for not just believing it only because someone else says it’s true,’ as we all probably should do to a degree, I will say that I have done my fair share of research and studying of the Bible to believe without doubt that it is indeed True.
“…singing empowering anthems like I’m Unique and Unrepeatable, set to the tune of Ten Little Indians, instead of traditional Sunday-school songs like Jesus Loves Me,” is one thing I had trouble with. I’m reminded of an old Saturday Night Live skit with Michael Jordan, and his line was, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like me!”
This place “gives them a place to reinforce the morals and values they want their children to have.” Morality. Such a long debated word throughout history. Where does one get morality from? What is it, that is so rooted in our human behavior, that causes a general sense of morality? Is it subjective? Is it, “what’s right for you may not be right for me” or better, “what’s right for me, doesn’t have to be right for you.” Could it be that, “the requirement of the law is written on their hearts…” (Rom. 2:15) Could it be that indeed, God did write these laws of morality on our hearts? Could it be that if you have a moral law, you have to have a moral law giver? Who gave us that law?
“He tried to get them to see that people who are coerced into renouncing their beliefs might not actually change their minds but could be acting out of self-preservation–an important lesson for young atheists who may feel pressure to say they believe in God.” Self-preservation in today’s society is to say they believe in God or else? Have I had my head in a hole while all of this has been going on?
“…she felt socially isolated and even tried taking them to church. But they’re all much more comfortable having rational discussions at the Humanist center. ‘I’m a person that doesn’t believe in myths,’ Hana says. ‘I’d rather stick to the evidence.'”While it may be unfortunate if she did in fact have a bad church visiting experience, I think there may be a breakdown in thought somewhere between there and the next sentance. Myth, no. Lack of evidence in the Bible? Absolutely not. I could go for pages on this subject, and perhaps I will soon, but for now…
I don’t mean to just sit and knock on every other sentance in this article. It is sad to me to see some of the logic going on in this world. It is sad to me to think that Humanism is actually gaining that much ground, and that God is getting pushed further and further away from out culture. If you seek it out, you will find it. If you look for God, the one true God, you will find Him. It’s not ‘belief without reason,’ or illogical. It’s there. It’s real. And it’s true.
Matthew 19:14 says, “But Jesus said, ‘Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'”