Sunday, March 2, 2014

What prevents you to believe in God?

According to C. S. Lewis "atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know that it was dark. Dark would be a word without meaning".
What does prevent you from believing in God?

Many people say that they cannot believe in God who can condone such evil in this world.

“To an unbelieving person nothing renders service or work for good. He himself is in servitude to all things, and all things turned out for evil to him, because he uses all things in impious way for his own advantage, and not for the glory of God.”
― Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty
But if we do not believe in God, there are no such things as good and evil.

Just our opinions on what are good and what is evil, according to me.

And you might think differently.

So everything is allowed, every conceivable action and deed.

Only personal preferences dictate the good and evil, or democratic vote, majority’s decision.

“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
You may say, well, that is the best way to live, each to their own.

In theory it is a wonderful way to live.

Everyone can be just who they are.

But what if someone thinks that it’s not evil to steel, or it’s not evil to kill.

Then comes the majority’s decision, right?

“God did not create evil. Just as darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of God.”
― Albert Einstein

But what if a country decides that it’s not wrong to invade another and steal their resources?

Or kill everyone else?

If there is no right or wrong, then female circumcisions are just a cultural practice.

It is a correct and good practice, because majority of people in the countries that societies that practice them.

The people believe it to be right, so it is.

The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason.
Immanuel Kant
As would be stoning a person for having premarital sex, or sex slavery.

All the practices are correct, as long as there are enough people who believe them to be correct.

Is that the society we want to live in?

Is that the world where we want to live in?

If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.
Baruch Spinoza
According to C. S. Lewis his “argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing the universe with when I called it unjust? If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it?”.

If we deny God’s existence because the world is unjust, we deny unjustice.

Because without a judge and a justice system, and the laws that were put in place by a law giver, there is no injustice.

There can only be differences of opinion.

If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.
Baruch Spinoza
This post is part of an on-going series.

To begin, read Natural law. A post about the law we all have in our hearts.

If you would like to know what comes after read the post about Moral law.

Having read that, you'll need to know Which moral law to choose

If you agree we need to choose a moral law, maybe you'll agree that We need God  

After we have understood the need we have for God, it is time to research What is sin

Having accepted your need for God, what kind of God is exactly a Christian God? This you can find out about in What we Christians believe.


  1. Ihmiset valehtelee. Niin se menee. Jos itse jumala ei mulle olemassa olostaan tule ilmoittamaan, ei mulla oo mitään syytä uskoa siihen. Miksi olisi? Koska kaikki muut uskoo niin? Miks se on niin vaikeeta hyväksyä sitä että me vaan ollaan tyhmiä eikä ymmärretä kaikkea, mut se ei tarkota ettei asioille oo selityksiä. Pitäs hyväksyä tietämättömyys, mikä tosin on ilmeisestikkin ihan liian vaikeaa ihmisille. Jumalaa ei ole olemassa, koska mikään ei puolla sitä faktaa että olisi.

  2. I was raised Roman Catholic, made all my sacraments up to Confirmation. I even went to a Catholic (Jesuit to be exact) college. I stopped going to church in college. I felt I wasn't gaining anything by going, and that I wasn't loosing anything by not going. With so many different religions in the world it is impossible to know what is the "true" or "correct" one. I don't agree with other religions, and they don't agree with my beliefs. I think as humans we all deserve the same basic rights, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, education. Every religion has started a war in the name of their religion - and that doesn't make it right. I think many people take what they want from religion, and interpret it to mean what they want, so it fits their cause .

    1. I think that we must bring our hearts to God and focus on Him, Diane. People can desapoint us, religions can desapoint us but God is ever good and faithfull and He never changes. He can never become a desapointment because in Him we have everything.
      The interpretations come from us and so do wars. Sadly we bring our sinful natures into churches with us.

  3. Too many people make religion just what they want it to be for their own comfort

  4. I find that people don't want to believe in God cos' they think He requires too much of them...

  5. I agree with you. Once you get rid of absolute truth, you get rid of being able to be mad about any of it...I love CS Lewis. One of my favourite authors. Always has great quotes to get you thinking...

  6. I love the writings of C.S. Lewis. I believe that absolute truth resonates with God and only then can we understand and define God. If we don't have absolute truth that is simple flesh in the world and of man.