3 REASONS CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION
Here is a debate about God which is an extract from one of my books as an introduction of this subject. It goes thus:
The Professor of philosophy said to his students in the class, “let me explain the problem science has with Jesus Christ.” The atheist professor paused before he looked at one of his new students. He told him to stand up. "You're a Christian, aren't you, son?”
"Yes, sir," the student replied. "Absolutely.”
"Is God good?" the professor asked.
"Sure! God is good, and I will keep the faith."
"Is God all powerful? Can God do anything?"
"Are you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grinned knowingly. "Aha! The Bible!" He thought for a moment. "Here is one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over there and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?"
"Yes, sir, I would," the student replied.
"So you're good...!"
"I wouldn't say that."
"But why not say that? You'll help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't."
The student did not answer. So the professor continued, "God doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?"
The student remained silent.
"No, you can't, can you?" the professor asked. He took a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax. "let's start again, young fella. Is God good?"
"Er... Yes, "the student says.
"Is Satan good?"
The student did not hesitate to answer, "no"
"Then where does Satan comes from?"
The student faltered, "from.... God..."
"That's right," the professor said gleefully." God made Satan, didn't he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?"
"Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And God did make everything, correct?"
"So who created evil?"
Again, the student has no answer.
"Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things. Do they exist in this world?"
The student squirmed on his feet, "yes."
"So who created them?"
The student did not answer again. So the professor repeated his question, "who created them?"
There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer broke away to pace in front of the classroom. The class was mesmerized. "Tell me," he continued, apparently enjoying himself. "Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?"
The student's voice betrayed him and cracked, "yes, professor, I do."
The professor stopped pacing. "Science says you five senses, you use to identify and observe the world round you. Have you ever seen Jesus?”
"No, sir, I've never seen Him."
"Then tell us if you've ever heard your Jesus?"
"Perhaps not, sir."
"Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ or God for that matter?"
"Yet you still believe in him?"
“According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn't exist. What do you say to that, son?"
"Nothing," the student replied. "I only have my faith."
"Yes, faith,” the professor repeated. "And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith."
The student stood quietly for a moment before asking a question of his own. "Professor, is there such thing as heat?"
"Yes," the professor replied. "There is heat."
"And is there such a thing as cold?”
"Yes, son. There is cold too."
"No, sir, there isn't.”
The professor turned to face the student. He was obviously interested. The room suddenly became very quiet. The student began to explain. "You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super heat, mega-heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don't have anything called a cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but you can't go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than 458 degrees. You see, sir, cold is only a word we used to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold but we can measure heat in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it."
There was complete silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
"What about darkness, professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?”
"Yes," the professor replied without hesitation. "What is night if it isn't darkness?"
"You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something. It is absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light... but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it's called darkness, isn't it? That's the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness doesn't exist. If it does, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn't you?"
The professor began to smile at the student. He thought this would be a good semester.
He asked, "so what point are you making, young man?"
"Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with and so your conclusion must be flawed."
The professor could not hide his surprise this time.
"Flawed? Can you explain how?"
"You are working on the premise of duality." the student explained. "You argue that there is life and there's death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something we can measure. Sir, science can't even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exists as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it. Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?"
"If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course, I do."
"Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?"
The professor began to shake his head, still smiling, as he realized the trend of the argument - a very good semester indeed.
"Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your own opinion, sir? Are you not now a scientist, but a preacher?"
The class went gaga with uproar. The student remained silent until the commotion subsided.
"To continue the point you were making earlier, let me give you an example of what I mean?" the student said, looking around the room. "Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor's brain?"
The class burst into laughter.
"Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor's brain, felt the professor's brain, touched or smelt the professor's brain? No one appeared to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir. So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?"
Now the room was dead silent. The professor just stared at the student, his face unreadable.
Finally, after what seemed an eternity, the professor answered, "I guess you'll have to take them to faith."
That ended the argument. The class knew who won.
The reasons Christianity is not a religion is found in what Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20. He said, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Thus the reasons are as follow:
1. The Father loves the world so much that He sent the Son (Jesus) to save mankind from destruction. (John 3:16)
2. The Son is sent as the way out of destruction, the Truth Who needs to be accepted as the Saviour of the world and the Life in eternity. (John 14:6)
3. The Holy Spirit empowers Christians before they can live the powerful life of eternity on earth and preach the Gospel to others. (Acts 1:8)
Because of the above reasons, Christianity is not a religion but a way of life as designed by God. I pray that the Holy Spirit will empower us to live a powerful and purposeful life in Jesus name.
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