Really Dopey Things Secularists Have Said or Written and Shouldn’t Have

A good friend of mine, perhaps in an effort to stimulate my blood pressure, sent me a link to an essay in the Huffington Post. (As if anything appearing there is worthy of reading.) The article is written by Steve McSwain, a self-proclaimed (one phrase in one line) Christian. The title is “Six Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying”.

I never fail to be amazed by the people who hold forth on matters of which they have no clue. The essay in question is one such amazement.

He says Christians should stop saying:
1. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.

Think about that for a moment. That suggestion is like saying the U. S. Government should stop paying attention to the U. S. Constitution (the document, not the ship.) If the Bible is NOT the inerrant, infallible Word of God, then Christianity has no basis. His rather groundless claim the Bible is not inerrant or infallible is the same old tired nonsense as always – Why doesn’t everyone agree? The Bible has been attacked for a couple millennia now and still stands unbroken; I see no need to defend it further here.

He says Christians should stop saying:
2. We just believe the Bible.

That’s a straw man argument. Without context, it is fraudulent. I’ve never claimed I just believe the Bible. I believe in many other things; gravity, friction, the superiority of old Smith & Wesson revolvers, the general reliability of the U. S. Postal Service, weather fronts, warm feet and good friends. I also believe in planning ahead, saving for the future and the efficacy of modern medicine.

In terms of who God is, what He has done and what He expects of humanity, the Bible covers it all. Without the Bible, what would anyone know of such matters?

He says Christians should stop saying:
3. Jesus is the only way to heaven.

Once one has discarded the Bible, that’s easy enough to do. Then again, having discarded the Bible, neither Heaven nor Hell exists and the matter is moot.

Since I ‘cling’ to the Bible, Jesus claimed to be the sole manner of eternity in Heaven. So he’s saying I should consider Jesus a liar, a fraud or a madman. Huh? I’m a ‘Christian’; that is, a follower, a devotee of the Christ – Jesus. What sort of self-contradictory logic is that?

He says Christians should stop saying:
4. The rapture of Jesus is imminent.

He could have a point with this. I am a bit weary of ‘predictions’ – like the one predicted by Harold Camping in 2011. There have been numerous other such predictions, none of which seems to have impressed Almighty God in the matter. Nor do I think God is ‘bound’ by our understanding of the matter.

However, it is rather stupid to pretend the world – universe – will not end. Most any physicist can explain ‘heat death’. For that matter, for me, the ‘end of the world’ will occur in not more than forty years, considering my current age. The ‘end’ may or may not be ‘soon’, but it is certain. That’s the important thing to keep in mind.

Further, there is no one standing over God’s shoulder with a stopwatch saying, “You’re running out of time…”

He says Christians should stop saying:
5. Homosexuality is a chosen lifestyle and it is a sin against God.

I knew he would get to this. Just like a TV preacher getting around to asking for donations.

I’ve talked with geneticists; there is no ‘sexual orientation’ gene. After years of study and picking at the subject, there is no reasonable explanation of the ’cause’ of homosexuality. Where does that leave us? One must conclude – at least until further evidence and a solid answer – homosexuality is a choice. Perhaps not a conscious choice, but it is a behavioral act based upon one’s mindset.

Be that as it may, the Biblical injunction against homosexuality is not that of ‘option’, but of action.

Of course, none of that is currently politically correct. This whole argument is simply a secular view of life rather than a God honoring view of life. And of course, if homosexuality is not sinful, then extra-marital sex is okay between heterosexuals as well. That’s a big prize for some folks.

He says Christians should stop saying:
6. The earth is less than 10,000 years old.

This has value as well. Primarily because the creation date of 4004 B. C. is not Biblical, but derived from calculations of the Bishop (James Ussher) of Armagh in the 17th Century. His calculations were based on information from the Bible, but ignored the actual content. The good Bishop also predicted the end of the world (universe in modern terms) to take place in 1997 or so. (See above about predictions.)

I’ve written an essay explaining why I am not a “Young Earth Creationist”, so I won’t again.

However, I will repeat this statement in that essay: In terms of eternity, I’d rather have a relationship with Jesus Christ and be ignorant of physics than be really, really educated and go to Hell anyway.

Mr. McSwain caps his essay with the high-sounding, but trite and misguided sentiment,

Jesus said, “They will know you are my disciples by your love” (John 13:35).

When we love, what more needs to be said?

In other words, Christians should really be concentrating not on doctrine or following God’s directions or orders, but simply in ‘loving’ all those poor people out there. He doesn’t specify how this ‘love’ should be manifest, but considering his posting on HuffPo and his championing of homosexuality, I’ll guess he’s talking about some form of social justice program.

Wrong.

John 13:35 reads (in full) “Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.” Christians are to love (the Greek word agape) other Christians. Since Mr. McSwain essentially spits on all Christians who do not follow his secularized, politically correct view of watered down Christianity, he fails that test instantly.

This isn’t to say Christians are not to love non-Christians. We are directed to love in the same way God loves – unstinting and fully – concerned about the eternal souls of all people. Love does not ignore the serious consequences of human sin. That would be secular humanism.

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2 responses to “Really Dopey Things Secularists Have Said or Written and Shouldn’t Have

  1. Tom

    You know,
    The overwhelming majority of the human race believes that Christianity is a human invention. One of the many compelling pieces evidence for this belief is that Christians don’t know what Christianity means. From you to Bishop Romero to Fred Phelps to Steve McSwain to ,well, the list is just endless… the one thing we know is that there is not a god who will unambiguously explain what He wants prayerful and Bible Literate people to believe.

    God expects us to choose you or one of the other many people who claim to speak for Him. I can well understand why primitive people many centuries ago would believe that God can’t talk to everybody all at once. But we know better. If God wants us all to know something He is quite capable of getting the information across, He does not need human mouthpieces. The authors of the Bible didn’t realize this, any more than they realized that the earth is a tiny ball of molten rock hurtling through light-years of space over billions of years.

    Sincere Christians fighting prayerfully about God is proof that they don’t know anything important about God.
    Tom

  2. Tom, your argument assumes ‘facts not in evidence’. For instance, your claim that an ‘overwhelming majority of the human race believes that Christianity is a human invention’ is a bit over reaching. The evidence shows the overwhelming majority of humankind throughout the history of humanity have believed in – at minimum – ‘something larger than themself’ and typically a ‘god’ of some form.

    I see that as a verification of the Bible’s history that the first human beings knew God directly. Following the Fall and ‘break’ between God and man, man lost track in many branches of humanity.

    The Bible is rather straightforward as to the needed relationship between God and man. The difficulty comes from those who wish to disregard God and insert their own benefit into the formula. And, of course, from those who intentionally ignore the main thrust and attempt to emphasis their own politics or simply confuse the issue.

    Your claim that God ‘does not need human mouthpieces’ is interesting. Does He also NOT need the Bible? If so, how would any human know about God, except by word of mouth. Or, do you believe that (without mouthpiece) God would either contact you directly or implant sufficient evidence in your specific mind to bring you to knowledge of Him?

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