In October 2006 Richard Dawkins, scientist and atheist wrote what became a #1 bestseller The God Delusion. Basically, Dawkins seeks to prove that God does not exist through science and reasoning.
Dawkins work while becoming a best seller was debated not only among Christians but his peers as well. Many arguments were made against his reasoning. In one hand it amazes me that a book full of error and debate can be so readably accepted in the academic world as truth. On the other hand I am not surprised at all for man has sought to discredit God in every generation.
Dawkins relates belief in God to a delusion. A delusion is “is a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence to the contrary.” Dawkins seeks to make the argument that science provides the evidence that there is no Grand Creator (God) but man believes in God regardless.
I hold a different view. I’m not really worried about a delusion being the problem of our faith. All arguments boil down to presuppositions. Give an intelligent, educated scientist the facts and he can make anything he wants out of them. Demand he hold to presuppositions and he will see the facts based on his personal fundamental belief system. Christians read the science and see the Creator. Non-believers read the science and see man. If that isn’t enough to scare somebody I don’t know what is. If man’s hope is man history (facts) says we are in trouble.
So, I am not worried about a delusion or Richard Dawkins. I’m more concerned about delusions second cousin, “Illusion.” An illusion is “a thing that is or is likely to be wrongly perceived or interpreted by the senses.” I am more concerned that faith in Jesus Christ is being wrongly perceived in our day and age. Or is it?
Throughout Biblical history and into modern times true believers in Jesus Christ were perceived to be different than their world. In ancient times when plagues and disease swept though towns and cities it was the Christians who risked (many died doing so) their lives to care for their neighbor. They lived the gospel…not just preached it. When there was need, Christians responded.
Historically, when Christians became secularized (love of money and thus themselves) they tended to slink back from adversity. They became blamers and condemners instead of people who stood against injustice, protected the innocents and cared for the poor and desolate. They pointed fingers instead of got their fingers dirty. Their comfort became their god. They manipulated God into who they wanted him to be instead of being transformed into who God wanted them to be (mini Jesus). Jesus spoke about this on a regular basis. He said in simple terms “You cannot serve two masters, you will love the one and hate the other.”
There are those who understand the call. They aren’t treating God like an insurance policy waiting for the day they need to keep their backsides out of hell. They answer the call daily. They immediately go and serve in disaster areas (hurricanes, tornados, floods). They take care of A.I.D.S. patients. They bring the pregnant mom and child into their homes instead of protesting against abortion. They seek to close predatory lending institutions. They tutor, mentor and stand against injustices such as racism.
The problem is these that understand the call to “lay down your life for the sake of another” (the way of Christ) are becoming fewer and fewer. The illusion is that belief in Christ is easy, solves life’s woes and actually is a guarantee to prosper here on earth. God’s grace might cover everything but it sure doesn’t solve everything. Delusion…illusion… I’m not sure which one has more effect on the gospel. Two masters…now that is one to be concerned about.