Saturday, February 22, 2014

THOMAS R. EDWARDS IS NOT A MYTH!

“I am a practicing and devout Atheist, and am quite happy with my life.”
“Tis nice to be mythology free.”

These two quotes are comments by Dusty Rhodes made to the blog post “THOMAS R. EDWARDS (1938-1999): Author & Friend” which was posted on February 14, 2014.  I have no idea what either comment has to do with my blog about my brother-in-law.  However, I felt it necessary to state unequivocally that Tom was a real person and what I said about him was not a mythological story.

If the comments were directed at the word Christian in the post, let me simply say that in the heading of home page of the blog the first word is Jesus and the second word is spirituality.  Should anyone reading the blog be surprised to find the word Christian in one of the posts on it?  The trouble with these comments is that they appear on a post that is about a man.  I posted it to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his death.  The post is not about religion, philosophy or someone else’s life.

I can’t just ignore the comments.  Since comments are open on my blog, anyone can post.  They can post anything and unless it is obscene I will not delete it, but I will respond if they offend me enough.  These two did offend me.

Now to directly respond to the comments even though they had no relationship to the post.  Why would “A devout Atheist” feel the need to post comments on a blog about our Jesus, spirituality, and other things helping people who have been given a psychiatric label?  Why would they need to tell us how happy they are?  You can answer that for yourselves.  I have my answer, but it is too judgmental for me to put in this blog.

There is nothing mythological about my belief system.  No one has to agree with me or believe as I do, but I know for certain that Jesus lives because He has kept me safe all these years.  I will not go into my story here, but to say I know because of where I have been and survived.  Atheism, agnosticism or ignosticism are all forms of intellectual laziness.  The question of a personal God is just too hard for them to work through.  In the case of ignosticism, a term coined by Rabbi Sherman Wine, they say we have to define God before we can discuss God.  The absurdity of that and the other positions is that until you shut your own mouth you will never hear God.  You can’t define God, but you can feel the presence of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit if you get out of the way.
C. S. Lewis dedicated his life to intellectual honesty. 


“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”


― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis

© Ed Cooper, February 22, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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