Most definitions of God aren’t scientifically testable. They are philosophical abstractions, logical contradictions, imprecise spiritual notions, or subjective feelings. So there appears no way to show that this or that particular god idea is true or false, or even makes much sense. Moreover, most people don’t even want their god idea to be scientifically testable, since that might result in it being falsified.
— American Humanist Association
I was floored today when checking outto see an absolutely blatant and public attack on Christianity (and all religion)! It seems that the American Humanist Association (a group that promotes atheism) is running an ad campaign this Christmas season that challenges people to not believe in a god. The quote above is from the website that people are referred to in the ad for more information.
While I can appreciate the organization’s desire to prompt people to be good and kind to each other, but am amazed at the anti-religious statements that they use to deliver that message. The website does not even tell people about ways that they can help to spread ‘goodness’, but instead simply pushes their anti-religious, secular humanist worldview.
The message about goodness itself is also a twisted one. Goodness is a measurement. An event can be measured as being good or bad. However, this is only possible if there is a moral absolute (a standard) to measure against. The secular humanist worldview will tell you that morals are relative. Simply put, what you determine to be good is good, but what I determine to be good is good, and those two things can be completely different. This moral relativism is quite problematic because when extreme perspectives start to conflict with ‘the norm’ then people start to discount the opposing perspectives as wrong. But this flies in the face of true moral relativism.
The difference in worldviews is often difficult to overcome because the two sides simply do not see the world in the same way. Imagine people that live in a two dimensional world. If a three dimensional object (like a ring) were to pass through their world, it would simply appear progressively as a point, then a couple of lines growing wider apart, then growing closer again, and coming to a point once more before disappearing. Logically (and scientifically) one could point to a series of events that happened that can be measured and described as nothing more that a series of progressive lines. Others that realize that there is more to it than just a series of lines may not have any empirical evidence to back them up, but just know that there is more to it than what the ‘evidence’ can provide. The following snippet of video addresses this difference in perspectives…
[youtube vHs4QBjHrgg Video :: Rob Bell, Everything is Spiritual (excerpt)]
The truth is that many of us will never see eye-to-eye on this because we are talking different languages. Some simply deny the existence of the spiritual, while other recognize that there must be more than this. Going back to the opening quote, I am happy for ‘science’ to ‘test’ my God. However, I don’t think that a finite humanist scientist will ever be able to ‘measure’ my infinite God. I believe that there is more…
Oh, and if you want to do something good for ‘goodness sake,’ then try helping someone less forturante than yourself. You won’t find this challenge on the website referenced in the ads, even though that is what they want you to think that they are promoting.
Everything is Spiritual, DVD
By Rob Bell / Zondervan
In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for “spiritual.” And Jesus never used the phrase “spiritual life.” Why? Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual. But what does that really mean?