Today, while painting the kitchen countertops and sitting around literally waiting for paint to dry, I started thinking and feeling through something.
Sometimes, I have these conversations play out in my head where I start pushing back on fictional (or real) people.
One of those conversations plays out more than others.
It’s with an Atheist intellectual, and it starts something like this:
“How can you possibly be intellectually honest about writing off the majority of the population as stupid or misguided for believing in God?
“Does the inner experience of hundreds of millions, if not billions of people, mean nothing to you?”
I wanted to follow that thread a bit more, so I sat down and wrote this to collect my thoughts.
Intellect or God?
We live in a society where to be an intellectual is to not believe in God.
There are exceptions, yes. But they’re rare.
Which is why, anyone who uses the name of God—any name of God—is quick to be written off as weak minded or gullible.
This is, I believe, the greatest mistake of the 21st century.
The smartest among us have reduced God to an emotional pacifier for the mentally ill or challenged as a means to cope with the meaninglessness of life—never stopping to question, even for a moment, if their feeling of meaninglessness is a sort of deficiency of their own.
It would be quite the problem if true meaning and purpose were to come from a very real divine source that’s been rationalized away to the point of never having existed at all.
How can something that doesn’t exist bring so much purpose, meaning, and peace to those who seek it?
This is the question that the intellectual is quick to answer as, “Because they do not know what I know, and they cannot cope with the burden of the unknown without imagining up a God. I, in my massive intellect, choose to carry that emotional burden for the world in the name of science and rational progress.”
There is, of course, another answer to that question.
It’s just not the answer the modern intellectual prefers.
“God is real, and the meaninglessness of experience is directly correlated to the distance one walks away from the love and wisdom that pours endlessly from that very real force.”
It seems as though, in this era, we have a choice:
To believe in God, and to be held as crazy in the eyes of those smartest among us.
To become those smartest among us, and to slip into a logically justified meaninglessness that very well may not be justified, in truth.