Check out (part of) this editorial on belief… (note: I’m not too sure why they couldnt write out "God", but, I"m not going thru to replace the "-")
By Bill O’Reilly
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Atheism is chic, it’s cool, it’s the latest craze. The bookstores are chock full of authors declaring that "G-d Is Not Great," that G-d is a "Delusion," that you are a moron if you believe in the Deity.
The secular press, of course, loves these books, and the reviews are largely admirable. Some of the books are also selling very nicely, as it’s been a long time since atheists had much to cheer about.
Polls show that about 90 percent of Americans believe in G-d, but that leaves 30 million folks who just say no to a higher power. If only one percent of that group buys a certain anti-G-d book, you have a best seller.
But the atheist chic trend is not just on the page, Hollywood is involved as well. According to the book "Celebrities in Hell," a number of big stars may be aligned with the universe, but not with the force that some believe created it.
The book quotes the following:
- George Clooney: "I don’t believe in heaven or hell. I don’t know if I believe in G-d."
- Angelina Jolie: "There doesn’t need to be a G-d for me."
- Carrie Fisher: "I love the idea of G-d, but it’s not stylistically in keeping with the way I function."
Indeed. Believing in G-d is not very stylish in mainstream media circles these days.
The question then becomes is there anything wrong with that? After all, we have freedom from religion in America — the Constitution makes it clear that no power in this country has the right to impose religion on anyone.
So the atheists have clear sailing, and I say: Thank G-d.
That’s because people of faith should be challenged and think about their beliefs. Critical thinking in all areas makes the mind sharper, and your philosophy stronger.
But the atheists will never get it. The universe and the earth is so complex, so incredibly detailed, that to believe an accidental evolutionary occurrence could have exclusively led to the nature/mankind situation we have now, is some stretch of the imagination. I mean, call me crazy, but the sun always comes up, while man oversleeps all the time.
So bless you, Richard Dawkins, and all the other non-believers. As long as they don’t attack people of faith, I have no problem with them. As my eighth-grade teacher Sister Martin once said: "Faith is a gift."
But not everybody gets to open the box.
Regardless of what you think about O’Reilly, what do YOU think about what you believe? Do you know where you stand?
Its funny, I often feel pretty insecure about what I’d say if I had to defend what I believe. I think that is human nature…its like defending why I love my husband…its quite personal and precious to me and I dont think I could EVER explain it all or do it proper justice w/my words. But, about 12 years back I decided (thanks to some awesome influences in my life at the time) to start studying the bible…to go beyond the sunday school bible stories that I knew and pretended to understand. I decided (I say "I decided", I do know that God has a lot to do w/that in the form of some GENTLE PROMPTING, aka, butt-kicking into obedience!) to really try to understand what I believed…to have my own faith/relationship w/my God and quit just borrowing the God of my parents. Do you know what I mean?
Anyway, I read this and thought deeply about it and had to post. What do you believe? Do you even know? I do. It doesnt mean I have all the answers, I just know what I believe…and part of that is relying on faith. (thats where the dont-know-all-the-answers part comes in…gotta have faith that someday I will) And part of that is trusting a Savior who came to be all that I cant…and a God who left me His Word to live my life by.
Ya know, Daniel wasnt just a guy in a lion’s den…he was a guy who bucked the system, said NO to a lot of (seemingly) amazing things the world offered him…all because he was obedient to his God. David wasnt just a shepherd boy w/good aim with a slingshot…he was a guy that loved God with his life. Who trusted Him in seemingly unsurmountable circumstances…a guy who, even though he loved God, made BAD mistakes and had to face the consequences. Moses wasnt just the burning bush guy w/the 10 commandments…he was a guy who was hesitantly took the lead of his people…and got so frustrated he tried to give up…but God never gave up on him.
I dunno. I’m just sayin, for me – I want to KNOW what I believe. What do you believe?