Q: I just saw a movie that was a clever attack on the Christian faith (in my opinion). Although it was only a story, it claimed Jesus was just another man and there isn’t any reason to believe He was the Son of God. Why would someone want to tear down people’s faith? — J.W.
A: The Christian faith is easily attacked because it is an obvious fiction that a huge number of people believe to be true. Jesus (if he ever existed at all) was a normal person and not any kind of god. In his book Godless, Dan Barker had this to say about faith:
- “If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are admitting that the assertion can’t be taken on its own merits. If something is true, we don’t invoke faith. Instead, we use reason to prove it. Faith is intellectual bankruptcy.”
Having faith in something that is unreasonable and cannot be proven is dangerous for the individual believer and our society at large. Faith in non-existent gods has caused war, oppression, rape, and tyranny. We’d all be much better off if the people of the world were to reject faith and embrace reason and compassion.
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