Too Smart — Too Sophisticated to Believe in God?

 

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The following post over at American Thinker starts off discussing the suicide of Anthony Bourdain, and shares a pertinent Bible verse.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) Bourdain was famous, and worth $16 million.

Kate Spade’s suicide happened shortly afterwards.  What would bring millionaires like this to such despair that they would take their own lives?

We found out that Robin Williams killed himself because of a disease he had and he didn’t want to be a burden to his family.

I’m no expert on why people commit suicide, but apparently there could be many reasons why people, unfortunately, follow through on it.

But this post isn’t only about that tragic state of affairs.  The next paragraph in Mr. Marcus’ post is the main reason I wanted to share it here.

Folks, we live is such an evil time that merely suggesting that people are better off with God in their lives is venomously attacked and branded fanatical religious hate speech. But I am going to go there anyway.

Have you noticed that oftentimes, evangelical Christians are being blamed on news programs for the election of Donald J. Trump?  Never mind those 30% (a diverse crowd, by the way) who had voted for Obama in the two previous presidential elections, but decided to vote for Trump over Clinton in 2016!

Below is the rest of Mr. Marcus’ essay.   His brilliant essay included many of the thoughts and conclusions that I have come to believe regarding the hatred being spewed here in America ever since the election of 2016.

 

Mr. Bourdain, and I suspect Ms. Spade, were leftists. Typically, leftists think themselves too smart -– too sophisticated to believe in God. Remember the closed-door fundraising event at which Obama demeaned fly-over-country voters for clinging to their guns and religion?

On the Christian-hating “View” TV show, Joy Behar called Vice President Pence “mentally ill” for saying he talks to Jesus. Historian David Barton documents how America was founded upon our Founders praying and receiving guidance from God.

In 1798, founding father John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” Today, Christian politicians are branded “dangerous” by leftist-dominated mainstream media.

The Democrat party hijacked by leftists removed God from their platform. When Democrats voted God back into their platform the convention floor erupted with angry boos. Can you imagine a political party so wicked that they boo God?

Leftists laugh at Christians. Leftists erroneously believe man is the ultimate power, capable of regulating equal outcomes. They foolishly believe man can save or destroy the planet. Michael Crichton brilliantly articulates leftist folly in his novel Jurassic Park. Believing themselves to be wiser than God, leftists always fight to change God’s original intent regarding biology, marriage, and gender.

This scripture nails the leftist mindset. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.” (Romans 1:22) Folks, we witness their foolishness every day. They say that if a man awakes feeling like a woman that day, he should be legally permitted to use public women restrooms. They say that teachers addressing students as boys and girls is hateful and exclusive and must not be tolerated. They say four-year-olds must be introduced to homosexuality and taught “gay love is beautiful”.

For eight years Obama forced anti-God extreme liberal foolishness down the throats of mainstream commonsense thinking Americans. Thank God Trump is rolling back Obama’s war on Christianity, restoring our constitutional religious liberty.

Obama was the left’s dream president. He aggressively stripped the God of Christianity from our government. Obama chastised Christians at the National Prayer Breakfast. He relentlessly tried to bully the one-hundred-year-old Little Sisters of the Poor into funding abortion services, an anathema against their religious convictions. Obama enthusiastically honored homosexuals, Black Lives Matter, and Muslims with celebrations at the White House while turning away the National Day of Prayer. Obama was the most biblically-hostile president in U.S. history.

Disney’s movie, A Wrinkle in Time, starring Oprah Winfrey struggled at the box office. Perhaps the reason is leftist producers stripped Bible quotes, a reference to Jesus and historical Christian figures from the movie adaptation of the beloved children’s book.

While threatening to jail anyone disrespectful of Islam, leftists boldly display disdain for Christianity. They hate Jesus for saying, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

How dare Jesus declare himself the only way to heaven. Liberal media goddess Oprah has decreed that Jesus is not the only way to God. Oprah foolishly professes herself to be wise, too enlightened to believe Jesus Christ is the only path to God.

The gangster movie Scarface has a strong biblical message. Drug lord Tony Montana had everything he thought would bring him happiness; power, a mountain of cocaine, extreme wealth, and beautiful women at his command. And yet, Tony was miserable. All Tony’s stuff could not fill that spiritual void inside which produces peace, happiness, and a fulfilled life.

Sadly, Mr. Bourdain’s and Ms. Spade’s extreme wealth, power, and fame failed to produce inner peace and happiness. Both are unfortunate casualties of leftist mindsets, too smart and too sophisticated to humbly trust in the God of Christianity.

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

Hat tip: The American Thinker: Bourdain: Casualty of Leftist Mindset

Hat tip also to: Truth 2 Freedom’s blog where I first found the link to the article.

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Personal story.

A few days ago, I got into a conversation with someone with whom I have known for a long time.  She appeared to be conservative, and has claimed that she is a Christian.  Some tough situations within her family life had caused great pain and sorrow.  During our subsequent discussions, she rarely mentioned anything about her faith anymore.

I have been trying to avoid getting into left vs. right arguments with people who dislike President Trump.  However, in this case I realized that this particular woman did not know basic facts about the last election or the vitriol that followed and has been ratcheted up over the last 20 months.

She objected to Trump winning, despite the popular vote that Hillary ended up with on election day.  I explained to her why the Founders decided to utilize the Electoral College method when electing the president.  She truly did not understand it until I had explained it.

During our conversation, she indicated that she personally dislikes Trump.  I agreed that he isn’t the typical, smooth politician and that he has said some regrettable things.  However, despite his personal failings,  I shared several of the many accomplishments of his administration and she agreed that he is doing a good job of turning this nation around.

I mention this because of the above article written by Lloyd Marcus.  People, Mr. Marcus completely NAILED IT in regards to the void of proper discussions going on today.  Instead, it’s only hatred, meanness, derision, mocking, threatening, and dangerous vitriol that is constantly being spewed by radical leftists.  Many, apparently, cannot even fathom having a decent conversation with those on the right or those who support President Trump.

Obama was their “prized” president.  He espoused most of everything on the leftist side of the political spectrum that they believe in.  But, even when he didn’t like some of the policies that came about, they forgave him (or ignored the issue) because of their love and agreement of this man’s political ideology.  They had the mentality that Obama “could do nothing wrong” and the media of mass deception kept that image alive by oftentimes not reporting the truth.

Now, because President Trump is mostly the complete opposite of Obama, the leftists have, and continue to be, losing their collective minds.  The media and celebrity negative rancor dominates 95% of the news broadcasts; oftentimes completely ignoring all of the great accomplishments that President Trump has done for our nation, economy, and people.

It’s truly sad that so many people do not allow those with opposing views a voice on news programs.  They ignore the other side in their conversations.  More distressing, is that when they report, they can’t seem to do it without being hostile, nasty or even downright hate-filled and dangerous!

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7 Responses to “Too Smart — Too Sophisticated to Believe in God?”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    CJW: Kate Spade’s suicide happened shortly afterwards. What would bring millionaires like this to such despair that they would take their own lives?

    Why do you think that only millionaires would suffer enough despair to kill themselves? It is because most of us truly believe that huge amounts of money really would solve our problems. Unfortunately, people commit suicide every day, and the vast majority of them are neither rich nor famous.

    I’m no expert on why people commit suicide, but apparently there could be many reasons why people, unfortunately, follow through on it.

    You recounted to me a few years ago about an acquaintance of yours who took her own life, and mentioned that everyone she knew—including you—didn’t take her seriously over several years. One of the reasons why people ‘follow through on it’ is because of attitudes like that.

    Have you noticed that oftentimes, evangelical Christians are being blamed on news programs for the election of Donald J. Trump? Never mind those 30% (a diverse crowd, by the way) who had voted for Obama in the two previous presidential elections, but decided to vote for Trump over Clinton in 2016!

    It has been noted that at least 80% of evangelical Christians voted for Tr*mp. It is noted because Tr*mp doesn’t appear to conform to the standards evangelical Christians claim they support in a national leader.

    But your headline was “Too Smart—Too Sophisticated to Believe in God?” So, let’s examine that.

    I did not become ‘smart’ when I ceased believing in (any) God. But I did learn a few things. One of them was that I could live without the threat of the Eternity Stick beating me forever and ever.

    Lloyd Marcus asserts:

    The gangster movie Scarface has a strong biblical message. Drug lord Tony Montana had everything he thought would bring him happiness; power, a mountain of cocaine, extreme wealth, and beautiful women at his command. And yet, Tony was miserable. All Tony’s stuff could not fill that spiritual void inside which produces peace, happiness, and a fulfilled life.

    Sadly, Mr. Bourdain’s and Ms. Spade’s extreme wealth, power, and fame failed to produce inner peace and happiness. Both are unfortunate casualties of leftist mindsets, too smart and too sophisticated to humbly trust in the God of Christianity.

    The whole world is not A Christmas Carol. There are plenty of wealthy people out there who have power and influence; AFAIK, Bill Gates has no beautiful women at his (personal) command, and no need for any; Melanie is apparently enough for him. Malcolm Forbes was born rich, but unlike a certain other fellow, he actually increased the family fortune and enjoyed his wealth. Also, unlike Scarface, most rich people don’t acquire a fortune by selling them illegal drugs and participating in murder.
    That paragraph says more about the actual Lloyd Marcus than it does about the fictional Tony Montana!

    As for trusting in the God of Christianity…I’ve read his book. No, thanks. I like lobster.

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  2. L Says:

    I like lobster too, but I love the Lord. You don’t need to have blind faith GM there is plenty of historical evidence. I love that you are still questioning, but please read His book again. Maybe, do a little praying this time for deeper understanding. I am confident you will get there. Just be less closed, and more open to receiving what is written.

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  3. GMpilot Says:

    Hello again, L.
    You’re quite right—I don’t need to have blind faith. In fact, I don’t need to have faith at all. But blind faith is the variety that most people seem to prefer,
    Questioning is what I do. Our hostess once quoted some Christian scholar with something like “the non-believer will always have more questions than you will have answers” and concluded there is no point to responding to such people. Asking questions is the beginning of wisdom, IMO. Someone who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; someone who does not ask is a fool forever.

    …please read His book again. Maybe, do a little praying this time for deeper understanding.

    If I do not believe there is a God to pray to (and I don’t), what’s the point? Isn’t that simply making some noise just to get his attention? If he knows my heart—and I’m told repeatedly that he does—noisemaking is unnecessary.
    But I’m not convinced of that any more than I am of his existence.

    Just be less closed, and more open to receiving what is written.

    A long time ago, I was…and this is where it got me.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      But you do have faith – maybe only in the things of this world. Faith in Christ requires a faithful hope in the existence of God, and recognition of the truth in His Word. Heb 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
      You have apparently decided to no longer seek Him, but to rebel against those who have sought Him out and have faithfully chosen to believe. Why? Why waste your short time on this earth doing that?

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  4. GMpilot Says:

    CJW:

    But you do have faith – maybe only in the things of this world. Faith in Christ requires a faithful hope in the existence of God, and recognition of the truth in His Word.

    What other world should I have faith in, Christine? What evidence do you have that there is another world, and that it is the way you say it is?

    Heb 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:6 – But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    Quoting your juju at me has never worked before, and it won’t now:

    Mat 7:8 – For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

    Prov 8:17 – I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

    However:

    Prov 1:28 – Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

    I’m told that he is supposedly everywhere, but I’m supposed to find him? He could be standing right behind me, but I can’t see him because he moves just before I turn my head (and because he can see the future, he always know exactly when I’ll do that). Your logic, not mine.

    You have apparently decided to no longer seek Him, but to rebel against those who have sought Him out and have faithfully chosen to believe.

    I can only rebel against those who have authority. If you want to seek him out and believe, I won’t try to stop you. Just don’t demand that I join in.

    Why? Why waste your short time on this earth doing that?

    Because I have better things to do than appease an alleged God, instead of helping actual people? Just a guess.

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  5. christinewjc Says:

    GM wrote, “Just don’t demand that I join in.”

    This brings up another question. Why are you here?

    GM wrote: “I’m told that he is supposedly everywhere, but I’m supposed to find him? He could be standing right behind me, but I can’t see him”

    There are several Bible verses regarding “planks removed” and “seeing clearly”; including one where Jesus says to “remove the plank from your own eye” and “then you will see clearly.”

    https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=remove+from+eye&t=NKJV#s=s_primary_0_1

    There is a lot of wisdom in Jesus’ words.

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  6. GMpilot Says:

    GM wrote, “Just don’t demand that I join in.”
    This brings up another question. Why are you here?

    You want to worship your God as much as possible, as often as possible, often as loudly as possible. No problem. But you want all non-Christians to do the very same thing you do, and you spend much time and resources to achieve this. That is a problem, especially since those non-Christians may not wish to honor your God, but their own God, or no Gods at all.
    I’m sure you have no problem understanding that.

    As for the other question: you invited me here, remember? Even though you knew exactly where I stood, you challenged me to come. I suppose you figured I’d be overwhelmed by the other members of this board.
    How did that work out?

    GM wrote: “I’m told that he is supposedly everywhere, but I’m supposed to find him? He could be standing right behind me, but I can’t see him”

    There are several Bible verses regarding “planks removed” and “seeing clearly”; including one where Jesus says to “remove the plank from your own eye” and “then you will see clearly.”

    There are several Bible verses regarding the appearances of Great Yahweh. Most are inconsistent. Despite the biblical dogma that

    ”No man hath seen God at any time” (John 1:18)

    or

    ”And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live” (Exodus 33:20),

    Moses and Jacob, among others, saw him. Jacob, it is said, actually wrestled with him!
    Jesus wasn’t shy either. He put in plenty of appearances, but all the famous ones occurred after he died, and nobody talked about those for weeks—not even his disciples!
    Yahweh was known to appear whenever it suited him. He led the Israelites across the wilderness for two generations, and everyone there saw him…but then, they were all believers. Come to think of it, Jesus never appeared to Ciaphas and the priests after he resurrected. I guess their unbelief was too strong for him to overcome.

    There is a lot of wisdom in Jesus’ words.

    Yeah, there is. Too bad more of his followers don’t listen to them.

    By the way, when are you going to lecture me on why your God is not a monarch?

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