Sunday, January 12, 2014

Dawkins God Delusion and Classic Antiquity

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Richard Dawkins and his friends consider faith in a personal God a danger to humanity and are acting today on that basis to save mankind from such a delusion.

Time of Ignorance 
Pallas Ateenalle omistettu Parthenon
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Apostle Paul was greatly disturbed by the many temples and images of very personal gods in Athens. This prompted from him this comment
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Apt 17:24-31
Venus de Milo  - Afrodite

I think that highly educated Richard Dawkins admits despite all that the admired masterpieces of Classical Antiquity in architecture, sculpture, literature, mythology and theater are connected to the very personal divinities of Greece and Rome. They are the wonder of the entire world - and for a very good reason.

The current Atheistic Crusade against religious God delusions can be compared to an attempt to remove music from the children of Adam and Eve.

The barren end result of removing religious delusions can only be reached by violence and with revolutionary fire. This we can see from the history and vestigia terrent even in Tibet where the persecuted followers of Dalai Lama do not even believe in any personal god.

Time of Knowing God 
God has patiently waited through the long years of ignorance. But in the heart of civilization, Areiopag of Athens, stoic and epicurean philosophers heard a truly amusing claim: the times have changed and now God commands all people...

Laughter and mockery of believers and their faith is invited also by Dawkins "as it is effective". The frequent visitors to the Hyde Park of Athens could not imagine that times really are changing and that laughable speech by an ugly Jew was actually starting shot for the change of entire Greek culture and civilization. The gods of Olympos would fall by the power of the Word of God of Israel, the only real God there is.

Now we know what the God of Israel commands. Woe to those who ignore His will as they loose the dimension of eternity from their life.