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Posted by TLhikan on Mar 10th, 2012
When you look at our culture today, you'll see "Religion" and "Science" portrayed as two opposing ideologies, each grappling with each other, and Science clearly being the one you should put your trust in.
How we got here is a whole other topic, but the issue itself demonstrates a big problem with how we portray ourselves as Christians to the World.
Should the world see our faith (because really, when was the last time Richard Dawkins attacked Zoroastrianism?) as something that is opposed to rational thought and objective truth, and is it in part our fault that we are seen this way?
Christianity is not for stupid people (Okay, it is, but it's for smart people and average people too). The Apostle Paul was a very educated person, and if you read Greek, you can tell that he was university-trained. In fact, when he was challenged once, he was not accused of being dumb or ignorant, but that he had studied so much it had driven him crazy.
We as Christians should not treat our faith as something where we plug our ears with our fingers and shut our eyes and shout "NEENERNEENERNEENERICANNOTHEREYOUSCIENCE" and "just believe", as the world imagines we do.
Science isn't against religion; Science is knowledge about the world and the way it works. Evolution, secularism, and other worldviews that call their ideas scientific (and therefore, ours not) are condescending us by saying that what we believe is purely subjective, from out guts, truthiness, what have you.
Now, a personal question: Is this their fault for being sinners by nature in need of a savior (the answer is yes by the way), or yours for treating your faith like it goes against reason (possibly also yes, which means I did something I hate and made both clauses of an or statement true. Drat.)? When someone asks you about Christianity, do you point to some subjective rumble inside of you, some feeling, your changed life, or to your historical, crucified God and Savior who actually died in actual history and was witnessed resurrected by eye witnesses, who then wrote it down in what is the best historically documented document (redundancy is redundant!) in antiquity?
Paul said that Jesus being raised from the dead is what Christianity stands or falls on. I'd take on someone who believes in evolution or says God is evil or something any day, because we are to contend for the faith and teach the whole council of the will of God, but ultimately, Christianity stands or falls with Jesus' rising from the dead. Not your feeling, because every religion has those. Not your lifechange, because every religion has that.
Christianity is based on facts, not feelings. You can't change what the world might think to the contrary, but you can change how you witness.