In my brief journey into the unguided and purposeless world of atheists, ….
These are the opening twelve words of the latest post by professional senior Pastor, Mel Wild; a man apparently chosen by his god and ratified by fellow professionals to lead and guide not only the faithful but also the non-believers and those unfortunate backsliders who have fallen foul of bad theology, to bring them back to the fold and the loving arms of Jesus – Amen.
It takes very little expenditure of grey matter to recognise that Mel’s opening salvo is not written with any warm- hearted feelings toward those unfortunates who are now almost exclusively the focus of his misguided ministrations – the atheists who read and comment on his blog.
It is with a smile and the occasional bout of wry laughter seeing he is attracting several new atheist commenters, some of whom seem to have been, in the past, heavily (indoctrinated?) involved in Christianity and can respond to every one of Mel’s silly arguments in a manner that is beginning to rattle our erstwhile Pastor, and it shows.
I particularly enjoyed these two comments from Ben, a former Christian. I’m sure he won’t mind if I share them.
I’m curious as to why God cannot be explained by scientific methods as he exists outside of such things, yet the Bible can be accepted using such methods? The Bible is a physical document that consists of actual parchments that have been studied since it’s inception. How is it that the Bible is verifiable by Christians as a true piece of history documenting God’s actual words, yet God himself is outside of that type of verification?
I see. So we should all read our Bibles to know God, but we need someone to interpret them for us because we don’t have the ability to interpret it for ourselves? This is the system God implemented for us? Only the religiously learned can know it and explain it to us? A book compiled of stories written over a thousand years is how God chose to communicate with us? A book he knew would be disputed and rejected by most? A God who grieves over the loss of even one of us is okay losing about 7 out of 10 people in the world? Yet, only about 30% or so of the world’s population is Christian. A book that is so confusing that only properly trained can understand is not the way to go if God wanted to save every last one of us. It has the power to save if we believe, yet Christians are leaving the faith in record numbers.
And Mel’s response ….
How can one not laugh at the arrogance?
Methinks that maybe our Pastor Mel is beginning to see a little daylight through the cracks in his faith.