Saturday, 12 May 2007
It is? O rly?
Hearing Kirk Cameron and his buddy on Nightline present their creation/creator tautology as irrefutable scientific proof of God’s existence…was insane. And it inspired this brief word on the difference between what is actually obvious…and what the Bible would like you to believe is obvious for the sake of coherent soteriology:
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
Obvious statement: Every human that can walk on their feet ought to make use of their feet…if they want to get around.
Even people in wheel chairs and amputees who don’t have feet…agree with this statement. It is obvious. There isn’t a debate about it. We don’t live in a world where a third of the population rolls around on their side or walks on their hands…even to get to their car. We live in a world where every intelligent person knows and takes for granted that if you have feet…you should walk on them. We don’t have conversations about what I mean by “intelligent person” and no one puts up a fuss about any “is-ought” problem. No one has an excuse for not knowing what the hell feet are for…even if they think feet are ugly, and stink, and don’t want to use them.
Can we say the same thing about our world in relation to knowing that God exists and that we are morally accountable to him? Does the obviousness of the utility of feet require any contrived conspiracy theories about the sinful nature and the work of demons to maintain its status with the term "obvious?" Do we notice any pathological connection between belief in the utility of feet and foot fetishes?
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Do you suppose any angels are Zoroastrians? Buddhists? Scientologists? What do you suppose the primary reason for that is? Perhaps being in the direct presence of God 24-7? That might do it…maybe. Even demons who merely wish God didn’t exist…would they call themselves atheists? Or mal-adjusted theists? lol
The best Satan could do is let his pride blind him to the fact that an omnipotent God can’t be beaten. That is rather impressive…incoherently impressive in fact, but God’s existence and the fact Satan is going to burn in hell for all eternity probably aren’t up for debate in the demonic world.
We are with excuse. A LOT of them. We could be wrong…but not for any good reason. Of course if you take what Paul and a lot of Christians say seriously…we have a simple disproof of their entire worldview. Moral accountability to a creator god is not obvious to everyone given the diversity of belief on this planet. On the other hand, the utility of feet is obvious and requires no ad-hoc explanations or convoluted definitions of straight forward terms.