This anti-Christ image was found recently on social media…it is disturbing…it is offensive…it is damaging… but it may also be very persuasive. The only purpose of these posts entitled, Debunking Anti-Christ Rhetoric is to expose the truth…and while I was prepared to research extensively these claims and then sharing all the references I use in order to debunk this type of rhetoric, I have now decided to conduct brief and informal online searches from reputable websites to replicate (and hopefully encourage) what the vast majority of people coming across these types of images can and should do. As always, I strive to keep my blog truthful…honest…transparent… with no disrespect to anyone or anything…I will never personally attack those among us who (still) do not believe…
For I am a Sinner….
And I am always face down at His cross….begging for His mercy!!
Let’s first quickly examine the author……
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman….
“I wonder if the fact that I left the faith is somehow seen as threatening, at least among people who have a gnawing suspicion.”
–Dr. Bart Ehrman
An American Professor, Author, and Scholar
Received his PhD, and M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary
Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Has written more than 30 books, including college textbooks
Became a Christian as a teenager and considered himself a Christian for more than 15 years
After struggling with the philosophical problems with evil and more specifically suffering…He then became an agnostic atheist…
“This was my view for many years, and I still consider it a powerful theological view. It would be a view that I would still hold on to, if I were still a Christian. But I’m not.
About nine or ten years ago I came to realize that I simply no longer believed the Christian message. A large part of my movement away from the faith was driven by my concern for suffering. I simply no longer could hold to the view—which I took to be essential to Christian faith—that God was active in the world, that he answered prayer, that he intervened on behalf of his faithful, that he brought salvation in the past and that in the future, eventually in the coming eschaton, he would set to rights all that was wrong, that he would vindicate his name and his people and bring in a good kingdom (either at our deaths or here on earth in a future utopian existence).
We live in a world in which a child dies every five seconds of starvation. Every five seconds. Every minute there are twenty-five people who die because they do not have clean water to drink. Every hour 700 people die of malaria. Where is God in all this? We live in a world in which earthquakes in the Himalayas kill 50,000 people and leave 3 million without shelter in the face of oncoming winter. We live in a world where a hurricane destroys New Orleans. Where a tsunami kills 300,000 people in one fell swoop. Where millions of children are born with horrible birth defects. And where is God? To say that he eventually will make right all that is wrong seems to me, now, to be pure wishful thinking.”
…my heart goes out to Dr. Ehrman and I sincerely hope he can answer one day this question of why pain and suffering exists which has tested and destroyed his faith in God….I hope one day he is able to view the world through an “eternal” perspective and realize exactly what Christ promised His followers…..
My personal perspective so far…..
The claims made in this anti-Christ image by a self-professed atheist is nothing new
Having a M.Div. or PhD does not insure one believes in the Christian worldview
What we read/see/hear can be very deceiving…
To be continued….