Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I did it my way

Here's one of the rare occasions when a non-Christian writes Billy Graham. But don't worry, he still answers as poorly as usual...
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My favorite song is the one that says, “I did it my way,” because that’s what I’ve always done. I’m even going to have it put on my tombstone. I’m sorry if it offends you, but I don’t need God or a bunch of religious fanatics telling me what to do. What’s wrong with that? — J.N.
Wow, Frank Sinatra. Either JN just shattered the common misconception that atheists are all young teens or twenty-somethings,  or he could be like me... A member of one of the younger generations that is aware or a wide span of music. What's wrong with having that inscription on a tombstone? Nothing! Actually, for a song about a life fully and well lived, I'd say it's appropriate. What's wrong with living ones life that way? The answer is again, nothing. Just live your life, your way (so long as it doesn't harm another in any way) and there's no problem at all.


DEAR J.N.: Your comments don’t offend me, but they do sadden me very deeply, because they suggest you’ve completely closed your mind to the possibility that you might be wrong.
Does it though? If JN is anything like me (and most non-believers are), his mind may be quite open to that possibility. Prove we're wrong and we'll change our mind. But regular readings of Billy's columns make it pretty clear that his mind is completely closed to the possibility that he could be wrong. So careful with the hypocrisy!
Although you may sneer at it, the Bible’s warning is very clear: “Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed — without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1).
So? Why should I care about a threat from a  terribly shaky source? He doesn't pay any mind to any threats in the Qur'an, so why should I lend any extra credence to a source that is just as unfounded?
I can’t help but wonder why you’ve turned your back on God and insisted on going your own way in life. Perhaps you rejected your parents’ faith, or perhaps you had a bad experience with a church when you were younger.

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 Or maybe it's the lack of evidence that any religion's claims are true. Ever consider that one Billy?
But perhaps the real reason is that you want to be free to do anything you want to do, and you know God might make you stop. Whatever it is, I urge you to face it honestly and ask yourself if it’s really worth the risk of losing your soul.
Wait... Is Billy suggesting that we don't believe because we just want to be wild and crazy sinners? I don't live such a life, so so much for that. It also makes one wonder if his religion is the only thing keeping Billy moral. Sorry, but those that are good only under an ever-present threat are morally inferior to those that are good for the sake of being good.
The tragedy is that the more we resist God, the less we’re able to hear his voice.
 So much for being all-powerful...
God loves you, and he’ll forgive you and welcome you into his family until you draw your last breath. But if you insist on going your own way, he’ll let you until it’s too late.
The Flying Spaghetti Monster loves you Billy. He boiled for your sins but still loves you. He will allow you to go of your foolish path though, even if you ignore the FSM until it's too late.
I challenge you to examine Jesus Christ as he is found in the pages of the New Testament. Don’t gamble with your soul by dismissing him or taking him lightly. The Bible says, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind” (John 1:4).
And I challenge Billy to look at every other religion. They all make grand claims, threats and promises. Their believers believe them to be true just as strongly as a Christian believes in their religion. But at the end of the day none of them, Christianity included, are supported by evidence. Maybe once Billy realizes that he won't offer such meaningless replies to non-believers, and instead try to actually answer our queries in a meaningful way.


-Brain Hulk

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