The Whole World Has Faith
Great answers. Excellent comments. I’m speaking of my last post in which many of you commented on Tony Blair’s Washington Post piece entitled, Why the world needs faith. I should say “well done.”
Mr. Blair starts his article with this:
There will be no peace in our world without an understanding of the place of religion within it. The past decade has seen many convenient myths which disguised the importance of religion, stripped away. Many thought: as society progressed, religion would decline. It hasn’t happened.
And the quote from my last post:
Religion matters. Faith motivates and compels. If democracy is to function effectively therefore, religion itself has to embrace the open mind not the closed mind.
What is the proper way to think about such statements? I’ll tell you (although many of you see the issue clearly.)
The truth I hide from the world, including the likes of Mr. Blair is two-fold: (1) everyone has faith; and, (2) religion is likely the problem, not the solution.
Let me explain.
Everyone has faith in something or someone. This is an undeniable truth, denied only by those whom I’ve blinded beyond proper understanding. And of course the faith of every person motivates them and compels them in their every daily decision. Those who have a faith in the true God are motivated to do his will. Those who have a faith in false gods or in men are motivated by moi to do my will.
Therefore, to say that “faith motivates and compels” is a non-sequitor. What faith? and what does that faith compel its faithful to do?
You see, I have my faiths on earth, each of which compel people in various ways to do my will on earth. I have many with Godless faith in “science” and who blindly follow absurd necessities required by atheistic science, like “something appeared uncaused from nothing.” Other have faith in false gods, most have faith in men: humanity can save itself.
Likewise, one of my greatest achievement is the proliferation of various religions on earth, from religious atheism to misguided theism. In every case I’ve convinced people to express devotion and modify behavior in ways that have absolutely no chance of their receiving eternal life; in fact, many religions reject the notion of eternal life altogether. To believe all religions merit equal deference is to believe one of my greatest lies.
Only one religion is not of my making. Only one faith is the faith that destroys my kingdom. Only one God is the true God and enemy of my kingdom.
But fortunately there are thousands of other religions, hundreds of other faiths, and as many other gods as there are Godless people.
That’s why religion, unqualified as to the object of its faith or the beliefs of its adherents, is likely to be a false religion based on a misplaced faith.
So as long as people like Mr. Blair are happy to make all religions deserving of an “open mind”, with no distinction as to truth and error, my kingdom will thrive.
Because, as Mr. Blair correctly states: “religion matters.”
It matters very much to me. I’m somewhat close minded on that, my friends.