In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair…the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.
But why is the human choice for freedom over subordination described in the Bible as ‘sin’? Why shouldn’t we know about good and evil? What’s wrong with choosing our own way over God’s way? The answer is that this is what sin means: going with our plan over God’s plan.
Dinesh D’Souza, Godforsaken
All men by nature desire to know.
I thought this was an amazing conclusion to the chapter speaking on evil and its compatibility (or lack of as Atheists see it) with the existence of God.
"…If Christianity is true, then the greatest good for any person is to know God personally. It would be reasonable to assume that if God exists, it would be his desire, then, to have the people he created to be in a position to know him personally. Of course, given that he has created people with free will, God would not force personal knowledge of himself upon them. Rather, he would create the kind of world where people can come to know him in a way that does not violate the free will he has good reasons for giving them. Evil is one way in which God is able to draw people’s attention from the mundane routine of daily life and provide the opportunity for them to see their need for God’s love and forgiveness. ‘God whispers to us in our pleasures,’ writes C. S. Lewis, ‘speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.’ In a comfortable existence, people are prone to forget that they need God or even that they are missing out on the greatest good that they can have. Encountering evil presents the opportunity for a person to see that they have this deeper need to be reconciled to God and to know him personally. Indeed, if the greatest good is to know God personally, then it is not surprising to think God would permit the existence of evil in order to draw people’s minds to matters of greater and deeper significance. Thus, evil is not only compatible with the existence of God, evil may be part of the way God works to remind people of what is ultimately good and valuable.”
— Jon M. DePoe, True Reason
What is the scientific evidence for the belief/view: that scientific evidence is the only way to know stuff?
It’s About the Relationship
My dad once told me a about a story when he was in 8th grade that was pretty interesting. It went something like this:
He was sitting in class when a friend (let’s call him Bobby) starts up a conversation:
Bobby: Man…my parents were so drunk last night, it was ridiculous…
Dad: I can’t imagine what that must be like having parents that drink.
Bobby: What?! Everybody’s parents drink!
Dad: No. I know my parents, they don’t drink.
Bobby: How do you know? Do they ever go out at night?
Bobby: Do they ever do without you?
Bobby: Then how do you KNOW they don’t drink then?!
See, sometimes there is NO evidence to prove a certain aspect of God or Christianity, just like my dad couldn’t prove his parents didn’t drink. You know how he knew they didn’t? He had a personal relationship with them and he knew their character. The only way he could know this is by have a deep and personal relationship with them. Without that, there WOULD in fact be doubt that possibly they do drink.
This is why outside of be intellectual with the Bible and history, you need to have an intimate relationship with God.
Hope this helped at least one person out there. :)