by Shelby Cade
Skepticism/atheism often makes outlandish comparisons between the Christian belief of resurrection and known myths. Many times the belief in the resurrection are likened to ridiculous concepts such as little green men and Santa Clause. The problem that these individual have revolves around miracles. The atheist denies the supernatural and discounts all miracles a priori. Why would an individuals lump Christianity with myth and fairy tales?
Who knows the motivation for such strange comparisons. Much of it deals with the skeptic having a naturalistic point of view. Naturalism would rule out miracles and the resurrection is certainly one of the biggest reported miracles of all times. However, another reason for not wanting to serious look at the possibility of the Christian message deals with lifestyle choices. One of the big complaints against Christianity is the supposed lifestyle restrictions of its worldview. Some try to discount the Christian message only because it contridicts their particular lifestyle. But, can the Christian worldview be discounted by claiming the myth card or because a person simply does not like its teachings? What can justify in a reasonable manner an individual's beliefs?
In order for a belief to be justified there needs to be sufficient evidence that points in the direction of the belief. For example, when someone makes the charge that little green men stole the body of Jesus, this would represent a position that could not be justified by anyone, for we have no evidence for this or that little green men even exist. Charges made against Christianity need to be substantiated. The reason no one realistically believes in Santa Clause making trips around the world in a single night is because we have no evidence to support that belief. As far as an individual discounting Christianity because it interferes with their lifestyle, this is nothing more than attacking a straw man…
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