Now You Know

No, by the grace of God, you will NOT plead ignorance. You will NOT testify that you never knew any better because no one ever taught you anything better. You will not plead that you were never told.

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Famous Atheist Now Believes in God. . .

. . . and is still every bit as damned as when he did not.

I found this article on the Drudge Report. A brief excerpt follows below, but read the whole thing for yourself at the link which has been provided for you:

At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature, Flew said in a telephone interview from England.

Flew said he's best labeled a deist like Thomas Jefferson, whose
God was not actively involved in people's lives.

"I'm thinking of a God very different from the God of the Christian and far and away from the God of Islam, because both are depicted as omnipotent Oriental despots, cosmic Saddam Husseins," he said. "It could be a person in the sense of a being that has intelligence and a purpose, I suppose."

This poor, deluded, blasphemous man. Obviously he has no knowledge whatsoever of Christianity to call our God an "Oriental despot, a cosmic Saddam Hussein." As for his deism, deism and atheism are the two sides of a counterfeit coin, the false currency that will pay for nothing but the one-way trip to hell. I thought of writing to illustrate everything that is wrong with deism, but then I remembered the belovèd Blaise Pascal, that brilliant scientific mind of the 17th century. Why should I reinvent the wheel? Pascal said it so beautifully (as he said everything beautifully) so why should you have to read my words when the words of one of the world's greats are already there, ready made? For those of you who are not already familiar with Pascal, he was a French mathematician and physicist who founded the modern theory of probabilities. A true genius, he invented the first digital calculator. His studies in geometry, hydrodynamics, and hydrostatic and atmospheric pressure led him to invent the syringe and the hydraulic press. He was the first to enunciate the principle which we know as Pascal's Law regarding fluid mechanics. Pascal was ahead of the crowd and ahead of his time. However, I do not bring him up because of his brilliant achievements in math and science. I mention him because he knew all about people of Antony Flew's ilk. There truly is nothing new under the sun, as the Bible tells us [Ecclesiastes 1:9]. Pascal already had the response to those who believe in some "clockmaker God" that made the "clock" of the universe and then disappeared [my English translation follows the French text. Just scroll down]:

Je ne puis pardonner à Descartes: il voudrait bien, dans toute la
philosophie, se pouvoir passer de Dieu; mais il n'a pu s'empecher de lui donner une chiquenaude pour mettre le monde en mouvement; après cela, il n'a plus que faire de Dieu . . .

Cette connaissance, sans Jésus-Christ, est inutile et stérile. Quand un homme serait persuadé que les proportions des nombres sont des vérités immatérielles, éternelles et dépendantes d'une première vérité en qui elles subsistent, et qu'on appelle Dieu, je ne le trouverais pas beaucoup avancé pour son salut . . .

Le Dieu des chrétiens ne consiste pas en un Dieu simplement auteur des vérités géométriques et de l'ordre des éléments; c'est la part des païens et des épicuriens.

I cannot forgive Descartes: in his whole philosophy, he would like to be able to do without God; but he couldn't help allowing Him a snap of the fingers to set the world in motion; after that he had no further use for God . . .

This knowledge, without Jesus Christ, is useless and sterile. Were a man convinced that the proportions between numbers are immaterial, eternal truths, dependent on a first truth in which they subsist that is called God, I would not find him much advanced toward his salvation. . .

The Christian God does not consist of a God who is merely the author of mathematical truths and the order of the elements; that is the stance of pagans and Epicureans. [Translation and emphasis mine.]

I pity those that can at last bring themselves grudgingly to believe in a God but can do no more, for they are every bit as lost as those who believe in no God at all. Deists would call a distant or no longer existent God "you" when addressing Him, but you and I would know to call Him "thou" and feel Him close. I know many, many people who believe there is a God (which, when you think of it, is really no great stretch of the mind or credulity!) and yet that is as far as their thoughts go. Pascal realized that it was not far enough. Read his Pensées (i.e. "Thoughts") in translation. Especially read his wager. Don't forget when reading his wager that this man founded modern probability theory. One aristocrat even wanted Pascal to use his genius to help the aristocrat with his gambling! Pascal knew a thing or two about odds.

My eyes are very tired now. I apologize for cutting this short. If my translation of the French above is less than graceful, I plead my fatigue and the fact that I translated it very quickly.

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.