After reading many comments given in response to this article, I’m more convinced that one clear sign of anti-intellectualism is when people resort to insults and derogative terms to describe their comprehension of this article, meanwhile not even one of the articles “Wacky Facts” that the author has chosen to cariacature by deemphasizing the context, has even been challenged or debated. It is irrational to continue with this notion that we all emanated from nothing. This kind of thinking would not be tolorated as a solution to any of the problems at our places of work and yet this is what people embrace so that they do not have to deal with the moral consequences that arise from thier actions. It is ironic, many folks on this thread disdain their “bible thumping” counterparts, meanwhile their arguments against these “southerners” must rely on standards that have been lifted from Christian scriptures. Standards like honesty, taking care of others, and the primacy of knowledge. In a world that is the result of natural processes why is there such outrage over the way other biological organisms have chosen to live their lives? After all, we are just biological machines that are living out our chemical reactions; isn’t that what we have been taught in school (i.e. behaviorism). No one gets upset when Chloride and sodium ions react with one another to form salt; that’s just what these elements do, yet, folks are all worked up as if there should be uniformity in the way people think and it is that type of thinking that betrays the liberal to be a closet theist rebeling against rationality.
Sometimes people wonder if anyone can definitively say or know whether someone is a Christian or not. Let us consider the following verses:
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
They [antichrists] went out from us, but they did not really belong with us; for if they were really part of our group, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they left; this shows that none of them really belonged with us.
(1 John 2:19)
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
The verses above soundly demonstrate that persons who do not continue in His Word (i.e. standing against God’s law) are not His followers. This is different from the person who acknowledges God’s law as perfect and yet falls short; such individuals are recognized by their willingness to admit sin while submitting to the Word of God. However, for the person with a seared conscience that declares good is evil and evil is good (Isaiah 5:20), and speaks lies in hypocrisy (1 Timothy 4:1-2), we can rest assure that according to the Words of Christ they are not really his followers.