Friday, April 20, 2012
Trying To Change The Subject
If intelligent extraterrestrials exist, what about God?Opening graphs:
The discovery of intelligent aliens would be mind-blowing in many respects, but it could present a special dilemma for the world's religions, theologians pondering interstellar travel concepts said Saturday."Odd," I thought, "one of the most read Christian authors of the 20th century wrote science fiction." I honestly did not get it, my Christian faith has plenty of room for extraterrestrial life.
Christians, in particular, might take the news hardest, because the Christian belief system does not easily allow for other intelligent beings in the universe, Christian thinkers said at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to discuss issues surrounding traveling to other stars.
Then I saw this headline in the Christian Post:
Christian Apologist: Most Skeptics Doubt After Being Hurt by ChurchI thought, "Yeah, that explains it."
Two take-aways from this juxtaposition of stories. One, it is futile to argue with the intellectual barriers people erect to avoid Christianity. The barriers is not the issue and all you are doing by arguing over it is helping them build it higher.
Two, the church damages a lot of people, we hurt "the gospel" as much as we help it - sometimes more. We have simply GOT to spend time learning how not to hurt people. And BTW, when we say the hurt people are the ones with the problem, we are only hurting them more.