Liberals and atheists are constantly trying to eliminate any references or public demonstration of Christianity from the public square. They make the arrogant and intolerant assumption that their beliefs are all anyone should be exposed to. This fascist attitude defies the western tradition of freedom of speech. They hide behind the claim that church and state have to be separate. The institutions should be, but Christianity’s ideas and principles should be as freely available and discussed in all spheres as any other idea, world view, culture or philosophy. More often than not atheists have never read or studied Christianity in any text that comprehensively defends it. When they do snatch at a Bible passage its is always simply to use it as a means of discrediting Christianity. They love to listen to those who speak out or write against the faith, without any critical appraisal of the veracity of their arguments. Ironically, they actually confirm the Bible which tells us people will gather around those telling them what they want to hear, while their hearts and minds are ‘seared’ against any contrary information of evidence – no matter how reasonable, logical or factual it may be.
Recently (2015) a Truth Watch associate became embroiled in a debate with atheists trying to eliminate Bible teaching (to those voluntarily wanting to be there) in a school in the Rodney District of New Zealand. Here are two of his letters in a debate conducted in a local newspaper
In his letter to the Rodney Times, March 3, Ross Miller claims to be a Christian and yet believes that the Bible is mythological. I find this curious. Anyone who has actually read the gospels will know that Christ himself held the Scriptures to be inviolate (e.g., John 10:34-35; Matthew 5:17-20). In the words of John Wenham: “To Christ the Bible is true, authoritative, inspired, to him the God of the Bible is the living God, and the teaching of the Bible is the teaching of the living God. To him what Scripture says, God says.”
Ross Miller also perpetuates a common misunderstanding in using the label “fundamentalist” in an attempt to discredit those who believe the teachings of the Bible. By definition, a fundamentalist is simply someone who believes in the fundamental principles of something. It is not fundamentalism per se which is the issue, but rather it is the principles in which one believes that is important. Compare, for example, the teaching of Christ on loving your enemies (Matthew 5:43-44) with that of Muhammad on killing and torturing unbelievers (Sura 9:5; 5:43). Surely, the former principle is better than the latter.
In regard to the personal attack of Jeff McClintock on optional Bible teaching at Red Beach School (Rodney Times, February 24), I would like to offer the following quotes. From Woodrow Wilson (a Christian): “A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of a knowledge of the Bible”; and from Immanuel Kant (an atheist): “The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”
As reported in “Bible fight escalates” (Rodney Times, February 24, 2015), Jeff McClintock ‘s attack on optional Bible education at xxxxx School is motivated by his allegiance to the “Secular Education Network which aims to remove religious instruction from New Zealand state primary schools.” In reality, this group is simply looking to remove all opposition to their own religion, namely, atheism. But their cause is ultimately self-defeating. G. K. Chesterton summed it up well: “When a man ceases to believe in God he does not believe in nothing, he believes almost in anything.”
On the face of it, this battle appears to be an attack on Christian teaching in state schools. But at a more fundamental level, I see it as an attack on the very heart of Western culture, founded as it is on the Judeo-Christian ethic. It is this very culture from which we derive our personal freedoms, values, and sense of justice. It is who we are as a people, and what distinguishes us from cultures founded on other religions. Well done to Red Beach School for standing up to these bullies.