A Challenge to Cultural Christians
Over the course of the last two years there there has emerged a certain degree of respect toward Christianity within atheistic circles. Prominent atheist thinkers such as Stefan Molyneux and Jordan Peterson, for example, have identified Christianity as the primary bulwark against the spread of cultural Marxism and its religious fetish, Islam, and have advocated employing Christian principles in the fight against these totalitarian forces.
It was not so long ago that atheists relentlessly trolled Christians, mocking them for believing in their “invisible sky God.” One could neither mention the commandments of God nor faith in Jesus as being necessary or even beneficial for one’s life without withering ridicule. However, this mocking has diminished in proportion to the growing awareness of the the utility of Christian principles in the fight against Marxism, and many atheists are now loudly proclaiming the value of Christian faith and virtue in public spaces without derision.
There’s just one problem: They’re not real Christians. Certainly, they understand that there is profit to be had in embodying Christian virtues, but that doesn’t make an individual Christian. Moreover, Christian virtues are derived from the individual Christian’s experience. You can try to divide them, but you will fail.
You see, these “cultural Christians” do not believe in the existence of God. They believe that the scriptures were written by extraordinarily clever men in order to teach their people how to live good lives. To them, there was no flood of Noah. Jonah was never swallowed by a fish. Sodom and Gomorrah were not destroyed by fire and brimstone from heaven, and may never have existed in the first place. The exodus never took place. Most importantly, they believe that the Son of God never incarnated himself in human flesh and blood to die for our trespasses and provide a template for a just and charitable life.
In other words, no.
The belief in the literal word of God is indispensable to possessing Christian virtue. Without that belief, there will not be the trust or conviction in either the scriptures or God Himself necessary to subject one’s self to divine law and bring about a reformation of the mind. Without a reformation of the mind there can be no revival of the spirit, and without a revival of the spirit the character cannot change. If the character does not change, Christian virtues and principles cannot truly manifest. Certainly, Christian virtues can be pretended at, but there will be no conviction behind them, and the pretender is doomed to failure and defeat.
Why does the cultural Christian discount the literal word of God? I think it comes down to two factors. On one hand, society demands they reject the scriptures. Government schools mock God’s word, teaching its students that only superstitious fools would take it literally, and tickling their vanity by convincing them that they are intellectual giants by rejecting the Bible. But when have these schools ever taught the truth about anything? These are the same schools that teach that men and women are equal, that all races are exactly the same, and that pointing out any difference is tantamount to irrational bigotry. They teach that fractional reserve banking is the most responsible means of managing the economy, that we should worship the state, and that endless foreign invasions are anything but a war crime. They insist that boys are just broken girls, and drug and emotionally abuse those who dare to show any kind of original thought or initiative. Why would you believe anything these people have to say?
On the other hand, I think, is a lack of paternal role models. If Christianity is anything, it is a religion of fatherhood. God acts as father to the believer, remaking in them a new spirit and adopting them into the Heavenly family. The believer then surrenders their will to their new father, trusting in His benevolence and power. But if that individual grew up in a single mother’s household and never had a father, or if their father was inconsistent, hypocritical, or abusive, how can the believer conceive of a loving, reliable, paternal God? How can they ever trust their Father in Heaven without fear of being taken advantage of?
I offer this challenge to cultural Christians. Set aside everything that the tribe demands you believe about Christianity and the scriptures. Set aside any personal dislike of Christians you may have known, Christians who have betrayed their divine mandate and trespassed against you. Reallocate your free time for a little while to see if the scriptures are truly without historical support.
How should you do this? When performing research, the researcher never tests the hypothesis, as that is impossible. One would have to prove the hypothesis in every possible scenario, and that is beyond human capability. Instead, the researcher must test the opposite of the hypothesis, known as the null hypothesis. If you can prove the null hypothesis, then the hypothesis is proved false, and the researcher has gained knowledge.
What is the hypothesis of the cultural Christian? It is that, though Christianity has some useful ideas about how to live your life, the scriptures are without historical validity and not literally true. Therefore you must test the null hypothesis, and attempt to find evidence in the archaeological record that provides support for the events recorded in the scriptures. Only when you have made your best attempt and failed can you be certain that your original skepticism was proven correct.
For what should you search? I recommend that you look for Noah’s ark, resting in the mountains of Ararat. Search for the blasted ruins of Sodom, Gomorrah, and the other cities of the plain. Examine the granaries of Joseph, buried beneath the sands of Saqqara. Explore Mount Sanai in Midian, the rock of Horeb from which water flowed for Israel, and the chariots of Pharaoh Thutmose III which lie submerged beneath the Gulf of Aqaba. Dig into the documents of ancient Egypt in search of records of Moses. Search for the remains of the giants of Canaan and their megalithic architecture. Attempt to locate the Ark of the Covenant and the first temple furniture. Thoroughly search these things out, and only then come back here and tell me that the God of the Bible is a myth employed by scribes to exert control over society. If you find no such evidence, rest assured that you were right all along, but if you do find evidence, consider that you may have just discovered the secret weapon to defeating cultural Marxism, resisting Islam, and saving yourself in this life and the life to come.