The Arrogance of Christianity
After leaving my religion (Christianity) behind, and studying world religions at university, I eventually came to the conclusion that Christians are arrogant. Why? Well, it has to do with their belief that their god is the ONLY god. I was reminded of this after reading an article at the Christian Post (my new “muse”?) in which the author takes offense at the Higgs Boson particle (which is a “whisker” away from being verified) being labeled as the the “God Particle”.
In the article, the author, John C. Lennox, a professor of Mathematics at Oxford claimed that:
“All this notwithstanding, Lawrence Krauss thinks that the Higgs boson “brings science closer to dispensing with the need for any supernatural shenanigans all the way back to the beginning of the universe”. Yet, even Isaac Newton did not imagine his discovery of the law of gravitation banished God like that. On the contrary, Newton was motivated by his magnificent discovery to write his magnum opus, the brilliant Principia Mathematica, expressing the hope that it would persuade the thinking person to believe in God.”
So my response is–WHICH GOD??? This is where the arrogance comes in. Christians claim their god is the ONLY god, whereas Hindus for example, believe their god manifests himself (Brahman) into whatever god you need him to be. Talking to Jesus? Well, he’s just another manifestation of Brahman. Roughly 14% of the world population claims to be Hindu (about half of the world population of Christians) which is a significant portion of humanity. If we take into consideration that Hinduism does not sentence unbelievers to an eternity of hellfire for “unbelief” in a particular version of god, and that even in you do not believe in their version of gods and goddesses, their gods and goddesses will still come when you need them, by this philosophy alone Hinduism is much more tolerant of other religions than Christianity. This is not to say there are no problems within the Hindu religion–because there are. The caste system and the practice of burning of widows alive known as ‘sati’ for example, are, and have been implemented by Hindus.
Nevertheless, the arrogance of “my god is the ONLY god” remains prevalent throughout the world today, and Christians such as the blogger Bill Pratt continue to defend their beliefs wherever they need to be. (Which is almost everywhere in the age of easy access to information.) So Bill Pratt, in his skewed attempt to rebut the claim that Christians are arrogant
in their faith said that:
If we look at the number of atheists, those who deny that any kind of god exists, it’s probably around 150 million people, or 2.5% of the world population (see this link for data
). Even if we double that number, we get 300 million people. That means that approximately 5.7 billion people are wrong about the existence of god, or 95% of all the people living in the world
Bill’s claim that because the population of theists (not necessarily Christians) is approximately 95% of the world population, it is the atheists that are really the arrogant ones, as we are a minority population claiming there is no god because of lack of evidence. This is not only a red herring, it is also the logical fallacy known as argumentum ad populum, in which an argument is based on what the majority thinks is true–even if its not. Populations aside, the argument is, that Christian claim their god is the ONLY god-without having evidence that this is true. Remember, the majority thought the earth was flat for a long time, and that too has been proven wrong. Truth is, the arrogance claim has nothing to do with how many Christians or atheists there are, but the fact that Christians believe their god is the ONLY god, and if you believe in Vishnu for example, Christians say you will still go to hell. Why, even if you believe in Allah (who, technically is the same god the Christians believe in) you will go to hell. Why, even if you believe in the Christian god, but participate in transubstantiation rituals, some Christians say you will go to hell! Christians are arrogant that way, but many others who believe in the other Abrahamic faiths are as well. The arrogance isn’t exclusively Christian. It applies to many groups who claim their beliefs, and their god is all that there is, and if you fail to comply to their way of thinking–well, you will suffer for eternity in hellfire. Even if you are Christian you could suffer for eternity, as it depends on what kind of Christian. How’s THAT for arrogance…..lol.