Tuesday, November 23, 2004

The Enlightened Ones

Read Gary Will's article, "The Day the Enlightenment Went Out."


Can a people that believes more fervently in the Virgin Birth than in evolution still be called an Enlightened nation?"

And this one is all the more outrageous:

The secular states of modern Europe do not understand the fundamentalism of the American electorate. It is not what they had experienced from this country in the past. In fact, we now resemble those nations less than we do our putative enemies.

Where else do we find fundamentalist zeal, a rage at secularity, religious intolerance, fear of and hatred for modernity? Not in France or Britain or Germany or Italy or Spain. We find it in the Muslim world, in Al Qaeda, in Saddam Hussein's Sunni loyalists. Americans wonder that the rest of the world thinks us so dangerous, so single-minded, so impervious to international appeals. They fear jihad, no matter whose zeal is being expressed."

Isn't it odd how secularists consider themselves to be enlightened when, in fact, they are totally in the dark? They view Christianity as a throwback to the "dark ages." However, Jesus said of his followers, in Matthew 5:14, "You are the light of the world--like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see."

In John 14:6, Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life." Now, if Jesus wasn't who he said he was, then those of us who follow him will someday be proven to be misguided...but if we're correct in believing that he IS the son of God and he IS the truth and the only way to God, then how can NOT believing in him be labeled as "enlightened"? Since the majority of Americans indeed believe in Christ's divinity, even a large chunk of Kerry supporters (though they are more likely to be more indifferent about their faith...with the obvious exception being in the African American community who are very devout in their faith), it seems obnoxious to call yourself enlightened because you think the majority of Americans are morons who refuse to see the light.


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