It has been said that Christianity is responsible for some of the worst atrocities in our worlds history. While it’s possible that people who call themselves Christians are responsible for some pretty bad things, even today famous “preachers” and religious leaders commit crime and hatred all the time.
The United States in general is full of overweight people. We have the highest percentage of obese people from adults to children than any other country in the world. Can we therefore blame McDonalds, Burger King and Wendys for America being fat? Can we say that because the option to eat was there, that it forced our population to over-indulge in sloth? Should we feed our kids Happy Meals with the promise of toys in a little box, but when they are older say “I am sorry Billy that you are fat, have high cholesterol and may die at a younger age than most, but those Golden Arches are to blame”?
Should I tell someone who has lost their house to gambling debt that it isn’t their fault? Should I say “had that casino not been there, this would have never happened”. Should I tell a child who was born with a mental disability because her parents were intravenous drug users that heroine is to blame? If heroine hadn’t been invented, this would have not happened to you?
As humans we are so quick to place blame on everyone and everything but ourselves. It’s never my fault that I have no self control. It’s not my fault that I don’t care whom I hurt. It’s the institution. When a school shooting happens people immediately look to video games, books, media to blame. They don’t consider the lack of parents, morals or some sort of hope or faith in righteousness.
While there are those who call themselves Christians cause great atrocities, there are also those who call themselves pro-lifers who do the same thing in the opinions of pro-choicers. There are Atheists who write dissertations about the non-existence of God and cause a dictator to rise up and decide to kill off an entire race of people. The point is, there is bad everywhere, the difference is who the bad is blamed on.
How about the good things the Christian church has done. Those who truly follow after the teachings of Jesus. Those who feed the poor, work at shelters for battered women or adopt children out of homes that are too terrible to mention. What about the Christian movements who helped to abolish slavery, or who created Habitat for Humanity? What about Chik-fil-A, you know that God inspired that!
Religion can be used for many agendas good and bad. Certainly ignorance has to play a role in atrocity. Certainly selfishness is a key in much hatred and evil.
How much more does this convince me of the need for a God who is real? Who is just and righteous? A God who has standards and tells us what our sin is that we may recognize it and have it removed from our hearts? This evil has to have a good to compare it to, how else would we know it is evil? If everything is relative, and there is no moral standard then those atrocities are just bad for those who consider it bad, and good for those who caused them.
The shadow reveals the presence of the sun.
If God does not exist, and there is no moral authority then who cares what anyone did to anyone else because it doesn’t matter. The heart of man is dark and very evil. There is no good within, it is full of lies, selfishness and hatred. From birth our own evil nature tells us that the toy our little friend is playing with is better off being played with by me. When faced with consequences our first instincts are to lie to keep ourselves from repercussions. There will always be evil men who use God to justify their cause, whether they say it’s Jesus or some other God they will decide to be radical and punish those who don’t believe their way. In 2001, men who believed that Allah is the true god and those who don’t believe in him should die flew airplanes into the World Trade Center and killed thousands of people. God is a powerful weapon and can be used for great evil but when understood and sought after in truth, can be a magnificent good.