what nonbelievers really think!"
"Religion interferes with life and, being false, it necessarily interferes
very much to the detriment of the sound human interests of life."
the sarcasm of my title - the point is that it's always best to let people
speak for themselves. Never assume what another person might believe - just
ask them, or listen, or read.
You can find typical
expressions of skepticism about the Bible and Christ on internet sites posted
by self-proclaimed freethinkers and their organizations. These organizations
include the American Atheists, Freedom From Religion Foundation, and many
Their sites feature
a variety of viewpoints ostensibly united in the name of truth bearing several
common goals. Expect these goals to include:
- refuting the idea
that one can believe with
certainty that God exists,
- discrediting the
claims, origin, and nature of the Bible,
- defending the Darwinian
theory of macro-evolution as fact,
- charging that Christians,
the Bible, and, to a lesser degree, all spiritually minded people are
the major sources of the world's problems, and...
- arguing for the belief
that truth, if it exists, is relative.
Not all unbelievers
hold to each of these goals, especially the latter two. Neither do unbelievers
feel that they must establish a well-defined alternative to the biblical
worldview. Like defense attorneys in court, they don't assume the job of
providing a rational or logically consistent alternative to every assertion
a believer might make. They feel they only need to raise reasonable doubt
to win their case. And, at least in each other's minds, they are often confident
to believers: When
you express confidence in your own position, your confidence is something
to which certain unbelievers may object; partially because they do not share
that same confidence; and partially because confidence can easily come across
as arrogance. Arrogance is offensive and is strongly condemned throughout
the Bible. Therefore always take care when expressing yourself to avoid
being received as arrogant or condescending, and only exhibit the confidence
you honestly possess.
to improve the argument for unbelief
biased, bigoted, intolerant, and judgmental?