Monday, February 23, 2015

Choice Has Always Been Ours!

Richards Dawkins is an English ethologist (ethology is the scientific and objective study of animal behavior, usually with a focus on behavior under natural conditions) and an evolutionary biologist. Dawkins came to prominence with his 1976 book ~ The Selfish Gene which popularized the gene-centered view of evolution and introduced the term ‘meme’ which is that an idea, behavior, or style spreads from person to person within a culture. Dawkins is an atheist, and is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design. He has argued against the existence of a supernatural creator based upon the complexity of living organisms.

I want to comment to that. Interesting is that Dawkins was brought up Christian and held the view of intelligent design until later in life when he chose the Darwinist explanation.  What is fun for me as a sociologist and a Christian is that Dawkins himself fell into his own meme.

In the news today, Richard Dawkins said that parents should not force religion down their children's throat... more or less. I agree and no one should do that to anyone. Jesus did not. People went to Jesus as they saw what He was about ~ forgiveness. Jesus asks us to forgive and to be salt and light, no one has to be coerced into following that. They will make the choice to do that if they want it and seek it. Jesus respects people's choice. Children will pick up on that. In fact, children pick up on everything their parents do and don't do.

The main point I want to stress today as both a social scientist and Christian is that what you believe to be real is a matter of choice. This in fact applies to all of your social reality. As a Christian that applies as well. Throughout the Old and New Testament ~ Choice has always been ours.  

Whether we are talking about children or adults, people with or without education, all people come to the truth when they are ready. They see it when they are ready. Read Acts 17:24, God put people in their places and His hope is that they reach out to Him. Not in their time, but in His time and He is patient. Thank God!

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