The Flying Spaghetti Monster Did Not Boil for Your Sins
by Joel Settecase
The Flying Spaghetti Monster was not boiled for your sins. At least, I do not believe he was. Why not? Because there is no evidence for it. But so what? Does evidence matter in religious belief? Is the Flying Spaghetti Monster comparable to the God of the Bible? Are they both just as unlikely to exist? This is what we will be discussing today. As you read, remember, don’t forget to think!
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m referring to the made-up deity of the parody "religion" of "Pastafarianism." This concept was dreamt up by atheist Bobby Henderson to protest the teaching of Intelligent Design in schools. Today, the mascot of Pastafarianism shows up wherever atheists want to show off their wit, whimsy, and supposed mental superiority to those of us who believe in Jesus. While many may be incensed or, more likely, confused about this smarmy joke, I am thankful for it.
Frankly, I think the "FSM" brings some much-needed attention to the lack of scrutiny applied to religious views in Western Culture.
Now, I am certainly not saying that a Christian needs to be able to rationally argue in favor of Christianity in order to believe that Jesus is Lord. The vast majority of believers have probably never even heard of the Ontological Argument (though if you haven’t, I highly recommend clicking on that link).
The fact is, as William Lane Craig points out in his work Reasonable Faith, you can know Christianity is true without being able to show it. This is a result of the witness of the Holy Spirit, testifying that Jesus is God’s Son and the savior of the world.
Alright, fine, so we can believe in Christianity without being able to argue for it. Does that mean that we check our brains at the door?
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