“God is Irrelevant. Discuss” | HKU Loke Yew Hall | 9 Sept 2013.
Being created in the image of God means we all have infinite worth. Without that, we are nothing. If God was irrelevant, then you would certainly be very irrelevant.
Explaining the world with science and God, is like explaining the Ford vehicle with laws of mechanics and Henry Ford. The laws of mechanics and Henry Ford don’t contradict each other. They precisely complement each other, by being different kinds of explanations.
If, as Dawkins said, religion is only a creation of those who are afraid of the dark, then atheism must be only a creation of those who are afraid of light.
If for your final exams you wouldn’t trust a computer that is just a result of random, meaningless processes, why for your ultimate understanding of nature you would trust your brain, if you believe it is just a result of random, meaningless evolution?
Faith (in the Christian sense) is precisely the opposite of blind faith. I pick up evidence of God’s love just as I pick up evidence of my wife’s love for me.
All religions are about gaining merit, and achieving certain merits to obtain the ultimate reward. Not so with Christianity. Christianity, out of all the religions, has a unique message to tell, that the Word which created the world and judges us, became man and saved us our own transgressions. No criminal suspect is so foolish to be declared not guilty by the Judge and yet not believed him.
If atheists are athesists, Christians are a-Zeus-ists, a-Artemis-ists, a-Apollo-ists, a-Buddhist-ist, … we just believe in one more god than atheists.
Many people have brought violence in the name of religion. They have precisely disobeyed Christ when they fought each other. Look at Christ who died an innocent death even in grave injustice. Anybody engaged in violence is not following Him. And if you think religion is bad, look at the track record of atheism in history (China, North Korea, Cambodia, Myamar…). “Imagine” a world without atheism…