Defending God and Religion Against Savage Secularists
They conveniently omit, however, that when Adams said these words he was referring to government, not the American people, rebuking the idea that American government was as outgrowth of Biblical Christianity. Atheists should remember that in 1791 delegates to the Constitutional Convention gave us a republic–if we can keep it–formed as an impartial secular state whose primary purpose is to defend and protect the rights of people to think and act according to their moral impulses, which at the time were deeply entrenched in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible.
Atheists fail to mention Adams and the other Founders wrote often about religion, morality, and the Divine lineage of man, weaving Christian principles through almost every treatise and pamphlet of the time. They should remember the following:
“While we are zealously performing the duties of good citizens and soldiers, we certainly ought not to be inattentive to the higher duties of religion. To the distinguished character of Patriot, it should be our highest glory to add the more distinguished character of Christian.”
John Adams: 1776
“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever.”
“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event.”
“I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor. I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.”
“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here.”
I couldn’t make the case better. It’s been made. But nevertheless Christians like me who challenge the growing Secularist movement in America and her institutions, are fighting these savage Antichrists on a daily basis in order to force their illogical and fragmented arguments into the open air of debate, and show them as the unenlightened, bitter, naughty Children of God they are.
Trolling by Atheists and people who call themselves “Secular Humanists,” is common. They exist to monitor anti-Atheist or pro-Christian posts on social media, crashing and trashing a thread or comment with vile anti-God comments. There are some who will occasionally engage in debate, but they tend to bolt once they see their talking points, such as these, fail:
Yeah, there’s hate, darkness of mind, and arrogance, more than anything Atheists are arrogant. For whatever reason, they have supplanted the authority of God with their own limited “wisdom,” and so to defend something so feeble and ephemeral, they employ chest thumping, rabid arrogance.
Rarely, if ever, do Christians troll Atheist discourse looking for an opportunity to leap in and launch a few venal insults. But Atheists rail endlessly against Christian beliefs. Like insecure, emotionally-undifferentiated children, such people feel small and are threatened by the all-knowing, creative power of God. Atheists resent the confidence of Christians, which speaks without words, an unshakable trust in the authority and love of God. Atheists hate the fact that force–the persuasion of the courts, censorship, and laws that increasingly limit public and private expressions of faith–has no power to stop Christians from believing. They’re frustrated with their inability to use rhetorical fallacies disguised as “logic” to derail Christians from their moral stances on things like homosexuality and abortion. Above all, Atheists are perplexed by the happiness and peace accessible to Christians; a peace that reaches beyond a mere system of beliefs, to the daily assurance that life is purposeful, adversity an important feature of mortality, and all is guided by loving eye of the Creator.
Always searching in their secular quiver of science for what they call “proof,” Atheists and Secular Humanists blanch when the faithful are not persuaded by an absence of scientific of evidence. Christians don’t need evidence that can be measured by scales of science. The timeless principles authored by God, the beauties of His creation, and the immensely logical and enduring nature of His Word, are sufficient to keep faith ablaze when countless opposing ideologies would quench it. What Atheists fail to realize is that they all have a measure of righteous sensibility, whether regarding the dignity of their person or their right to think and associate freely, which derives from an eternal moral constitution, set forth by God, and upon which all physical and spiritual laws are based.
Doubting the existence of an eternal Heavenly Father, or pretending that a lack of scientific proof of God disproves His reality, is the defining, and fatal, argument of savage secularists. But as a Christian, and a highly logical one at that, I believe that Atheists are most dogged by doubts about their own existence. For without God, there is now law. Without law there is no good nor evil. And in the absence of definitive good and evil, there exists no agency. Without agency, we are not human. If we are not human, but mere bundles of sensations and appetite, then anything is permissible, and a cosmos where anything is permissible is a cosmos of darkness, chaos, and oblivion. For Atheists to doubt the existence of God, they must in turn doubt that they exist at all.
22 But there is a law given, and a punishment affixed, and a repentance granted; which repentance, mercy claimeth; otherwise, justice claimeth the creature and executeth the law, and the law inflicteth the punishment; if not so, the works of justice would be destroyed, and God would cease to be God.
by Marjorie Haun 4/30/14