Sunday, July 13, 2008

Freedom from Religion

I’m still mulling over the “Imagine no Religion” billboards by the Freedom from Religion organization.

So imagine no Religion. Just imagine all the people who would no longer benefit from the money raised by Christian Aid Ministries ($211 million), Samaritan’s Purse ($237 million), Food for the Poor ($643 million), WorldVision ($804 million), Habitat for Humanity ($902 million) Feed the Children, ($958 million), Salvation Army ($3.1 billion), Catholic Charities ($3.1 billion, and, yes, the last two were billion with a B). And this doesn't count the the hundreds, if not thousands, of other smaller ministries, like homeless shelters, pregnancy centers and all the mission agencies which help the poor and sick.

I heard an atheist recently state that if we just gave up the idea of God, everyone would still give money to all these charities anyway. Unfortunatly, he demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of genuine Christianity. People who are truly Christian, don’t give money to charity because we think we are such good people.

On the contrary, we know we are not good people and that it is only because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we are accepted by God. The good that we do is out of gratitude for the grace God has shown to us. Without God, there is no guarantee at all that Christians would continue to give so generaously to strangers.

So go ahead. Imagine a world without religion. It's easy if you try. Just imagine what would happen to all the homeless, sick, poor, even starving people in the world if all the billions of dollars in Christian giving suddenly dried up.

3 comments:

jazzycat said...

Not to mention hospitals, colleges, and universities.

Alcamadus said...

Francis Schaefer makes a good point calling into question the naturalism that atheists represent. Ultimately, and in short, naturalism is in a closed system, part of a series of circumstances, with no meaning or hope. You live, you die. The end. If they want to further that logically, there is no reason then to actually be charitable, no reason to live but for yourself and further your own experience because ultimately...you're dead. So, actually being good and helping the poor doesn't fit within their system. They can say it does all they want, but they are only lying and inconsistently working outside of their system.

professor ed said...

The way I see it, we can never have freedom from religion. A quote attibuted to Voltaire states:
"It God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him". (http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=776218) Humnakind has always been, and will always be, searching for someone or something greater than himself in which to put a level of trust. C.S. Lewis, who knew something about Atheism and Christianity stated:
A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
(http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/c/c_s_lewis.html)