Thursday, May 10, 2007

The God Debate

Tonight, Nightline hosted and aired a debate between Kirk Cameron/Ray Comfort (evangelical Christians) & The Rational Response Squad (self proclaimed atheists.) The Rational Response Squad has issued a "blasphemy challenge" in the last few months, in which people send in their homemade videos denying the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They've had a huge response.
Tonight, Cameron and Comfort claimed to have 100% proof of God without using faith. True, science has discovered many mysteries that cannot be explained. For instance, advances in science have given the probability of one in 10 to the 40,000th power that the necessary polypeptides would randomly come together in the proper order to form life. (Michael Pitman. Adam and Evolution: A Scientific Critique of Neo-Darwinism, 148) However, Cameron & Comfort's first mistake was to abandon faith in the discussion. It is impossible to accept God without faith. Eph. 2:8 tells us that it is by the grace of God that we are even able to relate to Him, and even that requires faith on our part.
It is sadly true, the message of the cross is foolishness to some...I Cor. 1:18, and God's word says that the eyes of some are blinded and the hearts of some are hardened (John 12:40.) I couldn't help but think of those passages as I listened to the RRS argue their view. Even Kelly, a member of the RRS, said that she would rather go to hell than believe in God. How sad. Apparently she hasn't read a whole lot about eternal separation from God. I don't want her or anyone else to go there.
It's largely our (Christ followers) fault that there are people like the RRS out there. We must authentically live out our faith by loving God, loving our neighbor, and lovingly sharing Christ with an otherwise hopeless world. I was blown away by the amount of comments online. Two hours after the debate, there were over 3,000 comments on the Nightline site! The world is searching. I have to ask myself the question...will the world find any substance when it looks into my life?

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