Sunday, August 1, 2010

L 1.5

In a very typical objection to Christianity, Loftus states on p. 30, “I often ask myself why Christians don’t seem to act any better than others when they alone claim to have the power, wisdom, and guidance of God right there within them. Apparently, the Holy Spirit didn’t properly do his job here”. This is essentially a restatement of a Voltaire quote “If Christians want us to believe in a Redeemer, let them act redeemed”.

What this objection overlooks is the fact that disciples of Christ are admitted sinners. In fact, it’s a requisite for becoming a disciple of Christ that sin be acknowledged. While it is cliché, there is a bumper sticker that very accurately sums up this dynamic; “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven”.

The flaws of Christians do nothing to diminish the truth of Christianity. The truth of Christianity is no more injured by the flaws of it’s adherents than atheism was exemplified in the actions of Madalyn Murray O'Hair. Atheists are quick to distance themselves and their beliefs from her deeds but, can’t realize the double standard they commit when they indict Christianity of being false when Christians fall short of Jesus’ ministry. Christians act contrary to their beliefs frequently but, because Christianity is not a works-based religion, this is actually standard operating procedure.

It has been said that the previous response is flawed because Christianity in essence claims to have the winning chess strategy yet, Christians continually lose chess matches. This is a reference to Christians acting in an immoral manner. Therefore, the strategy, Christianity, isn’t desirable. The objection overlooks the fact that for 2,000 years, the good acts done by Christians far outweigh the bad. Millions of Christians worldwide frequently perform acts of love and service for absolutely no recognition. In addition, the virtue of Christianity isn't based on the actions of Christians as stated earlier because Christianity isn’t a works-based religion. Disciples of Christ perpetuate Christ’s ministry because their born-again nature motivates them to do so, not because actions are the inertial force. They act contrary to Jesus’ teachings because they are admittedly imperfect. Neither case diminishes the truth of Christianity.

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