Well, it looks like Eric Hovind and his chums are up to their old tricks again.
Mistaking (or deliberately misrepresenting) what the word ‘truth’ means.
As usual, I’m here to examine what they have to say to one of their sheeple who emailed them for helpful advice.
They received this email:
Hi, long story short I never paid much attention to the Atheist point of view until recently when I watched the Sye/Dillahunty debate.
What I noticed was that a lot of prominent atheists (e.g. Dillahunty, David Smalley, Seth Andrews, etc.), it sounds like they came from good, Christian households with godly parents.
My question, I have 2 young kids – ages 3 and 5. Do you have any suggestions on how to raise my children so they don’t fall into the same pitfalls as the atheists I mentioned above?
I know that’s not an easy question, but I’m looking for ideas or resources you may suggest to help. Thanks for your help.
So Jonathan, you never paid much attention to what the atheists had to say? That’s part of the problem really. If you are so close-minded that you won’t even hear an opposing point of view, how can you make any sort of informed decision?
Also, some of these prominent atheists did come from religious families. Have you stopped to think why they are atheists now?
Could it be that they were willing to listen to dissenting opinions and then used their critical thinking skills to see the truth? That there is absolutely no evidence to support the existence of not just your Christian god, but any god of any religion.
And you don’t want your children aged 3 and 5 to fall into the same pitfalls? What pitfalls would they be then? Actually thinking for themselves and coming to a personal decision that should be theirs and theirs alone rather than the decision that you make for them before they are able to defend themselves, both intellectually and emotionally from the abuse (yes it is abuse) that you inflict on them!
Or are you so scared that they, even at such tender ages will be able to see through the smoke and mirrors, and come to a rational conclusion about the false comfort and emotional blackmail, that are the two main ingredients of organised religion.
Instead of viewing them as pitfalls, you should be looking at them as opportunities.
Opportunities for your children to be given the chance to grow into well-rounded, emotionally stable adults who are able to think for themselves instead of being held back from fulfilling their true potential by the deliberate brain-washing and indoctrination of Christianity.
But, that’s just what I would have said. Let’s see what Eric et. al. had to say shall we?
Thank you for contacting Creation Today with your question.
That is indeed a sobering thought and needful reminder. While none of us can guarantee the salvation of our children (John 1:13), we are definitely commanded to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 4:6). But how?
1. Be an example of Christ to them. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Not quite. This isn’t an exhortation to be an example of Christ (although why anyone would want to be is beyond me). What the verse actually says is:
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Basically, this is an excerpt from a letter from Paul to the Corinthians telling them to be the example that he says is the example of Christ.
And if you read the whole thing, you can see that most of what he says to them was never mentioned by Christ at all. Anyway, I wouldn’t trust any of the words in the bible for historical authenticity or moral guidance. Not only is it jam packed with contradictions, inaccuracies and downright lies, it also has so many examples of hideously immoral behaviour from its ‘righteous’ luminaries, that you would expect them to be soap opera baddies rather than paragons of virtue.
2. Pray fervently for their souls. (James 5:16)
Yeah! Pray, instead of doing something that would require some actual effort on your part.
3. Teach them truth throughout the day. (Deuteronomy 6:6-9)
The full quote goes as follows:
6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
So what you’re saying here is, indoctrinate, indoctrinate, indoctrinate!
Better to brainwash than to provide actual evidence to support your view, eh?
4. Set aside time each day for Family Prayer and Bible Study. (Matthew 4:4)
Instead of doing something useful like setting time aside to study science or mathematics in order to allow them to possibly be able to add to the sum of human knowledge.
Or maybe even literature, art or poetry, so that they could add a little colour to the world. To rejoice in the beauty that humans can create on their own, without the need of religious ideology, which in truth, does nothing but shackle their minds!
5. Homeschool or enroll in a Christian School that upholds Truth. (Psalm 1:1)
I looked and looked and looked again…
Psalm 1:1 doesn’t mention home schooling or Christian schools. What it actually says is:
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers.
There you go. What it says is actually, don’t listen to any viewpoint that may disagree with your own. Basically its the old ‘fingers in the ears, singing la-la-la’ defence.
6. Attend a Bible-believing and Christ-honoring church. (Hebrews 10:25)
Again, it doesn’t say that. Instead it asks how we can spur each other on to be better people, albeit in religious terms. Cherry picking again, Eric? Of course you are! It’s what you do.
7. Saturate them with truth. (John 17:17)
Here’s what it says:
17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
Which translates into, “The truth is what we fucking say it is!”
Above all, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and His wisdom to direct you in all your ways. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
Oh dear. It really says:
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.
I dunno about you, but that says to me, Don’t under any circumstances think for yourself, because if you do, there’ll be Hell to pay. Literally!
Children who are brought up in a true home go out trained and equipped for life’s battles and tasks, carrying in their hearts a secret of strength which will make them brave and loyal to God, and will keep them pure in the world’s severest temptations.” ~J.R. Miller
Not sure why we need Christianity for this. Really don’t.
I know any amount of non Christians who are more than well enough equipped to handle whatever life throws at them. That’s what we do, us humans. We play the cards that we’re dealt, and on the whole, we manage… Without the need for supernatural (ahem – non existent) assistance.
Another thing to remember is that saying you were raised in a Christian Home and actually being raised in a Christian Home are two very different things. There are many who claim to be pacifists; but when their lives are threatened, their true colors show through. Even so, many who claim to be Christians simply have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof. (2 Timothy 3:5).
Ah the old ‘No True Scotsman’ fallacy. If you weren’t raised in a Christian home that completely agrees with Eric Hovind’s world view, then you never really were a proper Christian.
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Aaaaaand there it is!
Make Eric Hovind rich from your inability to think for yourself and face up to the fact that the Universe is what it is and doesn’t care about you.
I submit that the atheist’s ability to do that shows an inner strength that is if not missing from theists, but is at least atrophied from lack of use.
And that is the real truth!