The Deception of Others is Rooted in The Deception of Ourselves!
As I journey through the bible, one particular day of study I read three areas that spoke pointedly to deception; I had to consider the importance of this subject for me! The first thing I read, that morning, was 1 Kings 14:1-9 (I strive to read 3 chapters in the old testament, one in new and one psalm or poetic book chapter.)
Throughout history, there have been many very bright men and women who call them-selves atheists or agnostics. Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ludwig Feuerbach, Bertrand Russell; these are just a few of the noted authors, poets, and intellects. The definition of an atheist, in short is: “A” (with-out) + “Theos” (God)= He doesn’t exist! Then there are agnostics: “A” without +Gnostic (to know)= to doubt the existence of God or as some would say, ‘They just don’t know’. Some believe that science and reason have supplanted religion and superstition. Darwin, is one example. He went from being a strong believer, raised Anglican and steeped in Unitarianism to an evolutionist. He was at various times and ways, exposed to strong bible believing Christians, including his mother and his boss for five years, the captain of a ship upon which Darwin, a ‘naturalist’, studied science. I have no intention of discussing creation vs evolution or Darwin at length, but I do wonder, in light of Darwin’s background, are the most committed atheists men who were, at one time, raised among committed Christians and in some way, damaged? If so, are they all blocked?