Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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In my book, A Life of an Enthusiastic Worship, I discourage people from using the name of God in vain. For example, it is not reverential to use God’s name for exclamatory purposes. Despite the call to revere God’s name, expressions like Oh my God are very common even in very mundane contexts. Interestingly, this phrase is common even among the so-called atheists.
Recently, I found a comment in the social media where an atheist (so-called) was trying to justify or perhaps just making fun of their use of the expression Oh my God. This is what the person wrote:
“People ask why, as an atheist, I still say: OH MY GOD. ... It makes perfect sense. We say “Oh my God” when something is UNBELIEVABLE.”
When the person thought that he could get away with it, let’s analyze the above and show that the same statement can be used to convict them. When they say ‘Oh my God’ to express that something is unbelievable, aren’t they expressing ‘shock’ at the REALITY of the “unbelievable”? In other words, the expression is uttered when one comes face-to-face with something that was supposed to be unbelievable but has turned out to be ‘real’.
In the Bible, Thomas who thought that the story of Jesus’ resurrection was “unbelievable” cried out almost the same words (OMG) when the REALITY of Jesus’ resurrection hit him. He said: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:24-29).
When I posted a comment on the social media showing that the so-called atheist concedes to the reality of God when he invokes God’s name because of an “unbelievable” thing, a ‘friend’ replied:
“sigh. once again the unbelievable is not and can never be reality. e.g. oh my god! is=to a pink dragon! are pink dragons reality? no. duh”. I was not quite sure I understood what she was talking about. I responded: “I don’t know what you are talking about. Don’t convolute the argument. Philosophical honesty dictates that one cannot affirm a negative in the absolute, as you are trying to do.”
And that did it. She was offended. Here was her response: “one cannot affirm a negative in the absolute nor a positive dude. However, let’s not be pals. Seriously this is just tedious.” With that she unfriended and blocked me. Was that really enough to send her packing? Interesting!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Note to the reader:
- In your understanding and experience, as you relate with God, what does the fear of God mean to you?
- Must the fear of God be understood repulsively? Do you agree that fear is not always negative? In what ways is fear positive and in what ways is it negative?
- If you agree with the author’s perspectives on the fear of God, what would be some of the dangers of purporting to love God without fearing Him?
- If you disagree with the author’s understanding of the fear of God, what are the demerits of purporting to fear God at the same time love Him? Are the two mutually exclusive? Why?