Friday, August 01, 2008

Lessons from Jeremiah

And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, "You shall die!
--Jeremiah 26:8

It seems that everywhere I turn nowadays, there's a thread of adversity towards Christian living. Not just in terms of apathy and indifference, or even mere blatant displays of violence and sexuality; but now of outright hatred of God and of Christianity.

That's why it's comforting, in a way, to be reading of the prophetic precursor Jeremiah. Commanded by the Lord to bring a hard message to all the cities of Judah, the end result of that endeavor was all too expected.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in the relentless assault of the New Atheism. The field of argument is always, well, argumentation, but the end result is fruitless because there's no agreement as to what the foundations are.

Ironically, in comparison with such vehemence and rabidity, it is actually the Church that comes out looking more peaceful and tolerant.

I would like to think that there's a bigger plan behind all this. After all, if you trace the origins of the Church, it started in a period of intense adversity and persecution.

Heck, it might even be refreshing to play the role of "heretic" for a while.

1 comment:

  1. It's the hostile attitude of the new atheists that bewilders me. If, as they say, we are simply superstitious, if we are fools believing in an imaginary God, then why such "vehemence and rabidity" as you point out?
    I believe that people who dread the number 13 or those who follow the astrologers, for example, are foolish but I see no need to act in an aggressive and hostile manner towards them.
    As you know, I am Catholic and believe in the teachings of the Church, but I had, up until recently, viewed Satan as a metaphor or symbol rather than an actual being. However, after the recent PZ Myers episode, I'm changing my mind on that. His hostility comes from something other than just "non belief".