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Atheism and Jesus

June 28th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 5 Comments

A “man of the cloth” I respect very much (there are a dozen or so), writes:

Give me a seeking atheist who is passionate, in love with Christ, and willing to give his or her life to being a disciple over the “typical” American evangelical who sits in church, yawning, and is nothing more or less than a standard member of our culture.

Doesn’t this just make you think about what it means to “follow” in the footsteps of the famous mystic from 2000 years ago? He was a person that questioned the status quo, that encouraged people to think (speaking in parables and asking questions much more often than actually giving straight answers), to measure things not according to the rules and regulations of scripture, but to measure them according to values and principles, love and compassion.

It is very much possible that a number of atheists follow those principles much more successfully than many Christians. Your specific notions of what or who “God” is, does not play as big a role in your ability to follow “the way” as many people seem to think. I don’t particularly care what notions you have about “God”, I care more about what you do with those notions.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Salige Rus // Jun 28, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    As mens “God” abstrak genoeg definieer, dan is daar elkgeval nie juis ‘n verskil tussen gelowiges en ateiste nie. Dis als net semantiek.

  • 2 Tim // Jun 28, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    Amen, broer Johannes…! ;)

  • 3 Salige Rus // Jun 29, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Amen, boef Tim!

  • 4 Hugo // Jun 29, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Some discussion of this post on Facebook, lead to this comment by me:

    I suppose what I’m really suggesting (and I’m specifically talking to the Christians here, I recommend atheists stay out of this one?) is that you do not have to be superstitious, that is, believe in the supernatural, in order to “love God”. Or otherwise: I do not think Jesus would expect/require us to be superstitious.

    (Of course there are different perspectives as to what amounts to “superstition”. It doesn’t change the fact that certain religious beliefs are seen as “superstition” by “outsiders”. Expecting said outsiders to believe these things, is to expect them to become “superstitious”, in their minds.)

    Tricky: I do not think Jesus would expect/require us to… vs, I do not think Jesus would have expected/required of us to…

    Bleh, little cultural details. Maybe it’s safe to assume I’m often rather more pedantic than the majority of my readers?

  • 5 Hugo // Aug 3, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    For those on Facebook, the discussion is at http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=2414089393

    My privacy settings should allow anyone that is linked to me on Facebook (aka a “Facebook friend”), or in my networks (South Africa, Stellenbosch…), to see and comment on my Notes. (That is the most permissible setting possible, I think.)

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