Red and White: The Two Kinds of People

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I decided to write this post after reading a certain blog about atheism. I stumbled upon that particular blog while I was googling about religion for I was planning to write a blog entry about reasons why I am not religious (which will be my next essay after this). In response to the blog post entitled ‘10 Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian‘, I would like to post an opposite version of the aforesaid blog entry.

There are two kinds of people, introvert and extrovert, humble and proud, gentle and harsh, good and bad, optimistic and pessimistic, big and small, fat and thin, two opposing hues, red and white (I don’t want to sound racist so I changed black to red and I’m not literally pertaining to colors). There may be almost in between of those characteristics but there must be a larger portion that best classifies their kind. It has to be either cold or hot and it’s up to us if we decide to be lukewarm almost hot or lukewarm almost cool. We have given the freedom to choose. Are you a believer or unbeliever? Red

10 Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian (This is an excerpt. Read the rest of his blog.)

  1. A creator is not required for the universe to exist as it is. Religion offers no evidence but hypothesizes about the origins of the earth and human beings. According to science, the existence of a god is not needed for our universe to exist, nor is it needed for us to exist.
  2. The Bible is not convincing. There are many reasons why it is unconvincing. First there are the contradictions. The Bible was clearly written by a number of authors who disagreed on various things. There is also the fact that miracles and personal interactions with God don’t really happen any more. If they happened for 2000 years, why would they just suddenly stop?
  3. I have never seen any miracles. I have never personally witnessed a miracle and every miracle I heard about has a very natural explanation.
  4. Christians disagree with each other over almost all aspects of their religion. How do I know that you’re right and he’s wrong when you’re both giving me the same lack of evidence to support your version of the story?
  5. I don’t need God to be good.  Christianity is not the basis of morality and Christians are not the only ones with morals. I do in fact have morals. I get them from my parents, my teachers, my friends, etc. But I also get them from philosophy. It is philosophy that convinced me that abortion and euthanasia are not immoral and can, in fact, be moral.
  6. Even if the Bible was convincing, the Christian God isn’t worth worshiping. This is a God responsible for genocides. This is a God who ordered a man to kill his son to prove his loyalty, a God who killed their own son because they couldn’t figure out any other way to forgive humanity. This God even threatens to torture people for eternity simply because they can’t believe in him. Why would I worship this God?
  7. Of all the religions that exist, I see no reason why the Christian religion is more likely to be true than the rest of them. What’s more, all religions seem to be supported by the same lack of evidence. So why would I accept Christianity over all of the rest?
  8. Too many churches teach hate and encourage their congregants to view themselves as superior to all other humans. Why would I want to hang out with people who believe I’m less than them simply because I disagree with them?
  9. I don’t believe anyone deserves an infinite punishment for a finite crime. Am I deserving of hell for saying something about something I don’t believe in? Why isn’t imprisonment enough of a punishment?
  10. I see nothing wrong with not knowing the answer. It seems like a lot of people accept God’s existence because they believe it’s better to have any answer, even a wrong one, than having no answer.

White

10 Reasons Why I Am a Christian

  1. A creator is required for the universe to exist as it is. Science is the evidence of the Bible and I’ve read a lot of articles to explain this. I believe that we are not a product of mere coincidences. A computer will not form itself without a person who will assemble its tiniest details to make it work. I am not an accident in this world, neither are you because we are here for a purpose.
  2. The Bible is convincing. There are proofs that the Bible is true and studying and reading the Bible in day-to-day basis enlighten me. The word of God strengthens me whenever I feel weak, gives me hope when I’m hopeless.”He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” -Isaiah 40:29-31.
  3. I see miracles everyday. I’ve heard a lot of stories of dying people miraculously healed and victims of tragedies that survived. The fact that I am still breathing at this very moment without knowing when and how we’re going to die is a miracle. Isn’t it a miracle that once a skeptic like me, now a believer blogging about her faith?
  4. Christians agree with each other over almost all aspects of their religion. Reading and meditating on the Bible are essential factors to grow and mature as a Christian because the Bible should be the only basis of Christian belief. If a Christian doesn’t agree with another Christian’s belief, check whether his/her creed is just manmade or from God.
  5. I need God to be good. Human beings are naturally sinful and though morals can be taught in school, morality in the absence of God is just human convention and wholly subjective. If God exists, objective moral values exist or something is right or wrong independently of whether anybody believes it to be so. Read this article.
  6. God is worth worshiping. God became one of us, a human being. “Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a servant, and coming in the likeness of humanity.” -Philippians 2:6,7. Why? God wanted to reveal God to humanity by His words and deeds. He became a man but hadn’t committed sins. He came to die for the sins of the world. He sacrificed Himself in the cross. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:28. We are unrighteous but by His blood we became righteous. I can’t simply tell you how deep and great His love for us. You have to experience it. I experience it and nothing can stop me from worshiping God.
  7. Of all the religions that exist, I see reason why Christianity is more likely to be true than the rest of them. Some believe in multiple number of gods and goddesses. Some worship curved images made of wood or metal or gold. Bible is more ancient than any other books written. I don’t want to compare but Christianity, I think, is not a religion that obliges people to follow certain traditions and rituals to be saved from eternal damnation. Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus.
  8. Christ taught and demonstrated love and encouraged us to do the same. Simply because He is love. He loves the ugliest in us and forgives the unforgivable in us. He taught us to love our enemies and forgive them. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -1 John 4:8
  9. I believe in an infinite punishment. Because God is a God of justice. I used to question the idea of hell because the notion of everlasting torment was very difficult to grasp. Can all people be forgiven and loved by God? The truth is we all forgiven and loved by God if we accepted Him as our Lord and savior and repent. But sadly, not all people can accept it because God has given us free will. You have the choice and God is calling you now to choose Him. I’ve unintentionally watched a bestiality video for the first time and I was horrified by how a human being with higher intelligence than animals will ruin their bodies for lust. It opened my mind how vicious humans are getting. Even dogs understand that they aren’t supposed to have sex with cats but humans are having sexual intercourse with dogs. If I was dismayed how much more disappointed God was. God hates wickedness so He wants us to repent.
  10. The truth will set us free. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” -John 8:32

Are you either red or white? Choose.

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3 thoughts on “Red and White: The Two Kinds of People

  1. kaloka yung reasoning nung non-believer….pero pinag-iisipan ko pa rin hanggang ngayon yung picture ng french fries na kalat ang ketchup at yung nasa gilid ang ketchup

  2. Hi there krn, thanks for sharing our blog post.

    Well I don’t think people are quite so dichotomous as you say, and it’s hard to say anyone is truly evil, or selflessly good. We are each a fine grained combination of traits and ways that can play out has far and away more then two options. That line of simplistic thinking is certainly comforting but it untimely misses the point.

    I won’t be to much of a bother, but I’d like to contend with a few of the things you said.

    3. You say you see miracles every day, yet, you only hear about people miraculously not dying, the fact you make it through the day without dying is a miracle. Well most of the 7 billion on the planet make it through each day without dying, and yes some time people get better and there isn’t an obvious answer. You set your bar for miracle really low, as nothing you suggested requires a suspension of natural law. You can go into remission of cancer without treatment, it happens, just rarely, you can also die suddenly for a mirid of things, which as a group are also rare.

    1. And to your first point I’m a Biologist, and no I do not beilive in divine creation, though neither doing I beilive in “creation” by coincidence. It is no mere coincidence we and other life on this planet exist. Evolution is not a random process, quite the opposite in fact. It’s a selective process (see natural selection), only those creature which reproduce, and pass their genes successfully will have their species continue existing. We are the product of at least 3.7 Billion years of natural selection, and that is in no way a coincidence.

    9. “I believe in an infinite punishment.” Now I think we can agree that bestiality is immoral, and it seems for some of the same reasons, however you think it is just to torture a person infinitely, for any finite transgression? How can you compare unending torment, to anything finite and call that just. Like stop any thing about it in term of a scale. No matter how much finite weight you put upon a scale, the infinite weight will be heavier. There is no way a finite creature like you or me or even some a deplorable as Stalin, or Hitler could ever stack an infinite weight of sin to out way the punishment. To to mention all you need to do is repent to God for all the horrors you could commit and poof your infinite weight of torment is gone. None of this strike me a any kind of justice, it seems to me more an arbitrary carrot and stick. More over a person can lead a moral life and yet common interpretation of Christianity if they do not beilive in the Christian God then they too are deserving of infinite torment. Certainty the argument has shifted quite a bit over the last 500 hundred years, but you can have a just system in any case if you are doling out infinite punishment for finite crimes, and if it’s truly torment then if repentance can be had after death then would it not be concerned since your are torturing a person. I really question that kind of justice as anything more then a threat. I’d also look into the problem of evil if you haven’t already.

    10. A thousand people can all disagree and still all 1000 can be wrong. A Million people can agree and all can still be wrong. The truth can only set you free if you know it to be true, and understand why it is true. If you can’t do that then you are shackled to another’s authority. Even then you can still be wrong.

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