How Can One Be Held Responsible If One Is Never Called?
One of these forum posts, can't remember which one and who it originated from, said that the reason atheists can't believe is that we havn't been called. OK fine, God's not interested in us. I guess (at least in the minds of some Christians) he knows in his infintie wisdom that we'll reject him anyway, so he doesn't waste his time and effort ( can time be in short supply to God? Can effort be tiring to an omnipotent being?). Why then, did he create us in the first place if he knew we would reject him? I guess this is the pardoxical argument against free will, but it just struck me as odd and something that many Christians haven't given much thought to. Most Christians describe the "calling" as a response to an "inside emptiness", something which I've never felt, except temporarily when a loved one or pet died or I broke up with a girlfriend. I eventually got over it. This "emptiness" has been explained by secular psychology, but for the sake of argument, lets say we just didn't get that "hole". Did God create us merely to condemn us, or allow us to condemn ourselves?
Another form of "calling" I've heard has been described as "godly sorrow", a physically painful form of guilt. Well certainly I've felt guilt before when I did something that went against my own moral standards and upbringing, but it never motivated me to seek something invisible to assuage it, rather it motivated me to A) cease such actions and B) Attempt to right whatever I felt i did wrong. Again, this is something that secular psychologists recognize and even have a name for it-scrupulosity, which they say is a form of OCD. Here again, does God just not call us? What purpose do we serve in the Divine Plan if we're created to be condemned? To "test" Christians? If so, how many Christians here pass God's test?What criteria determines if you pass it?
I won't even touch on how unfair it sounds, simply because the answer would be that we're still given a choice and God's ways are "higher" and it will "all make sense by and by". Glad it works for you Christians.
"Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings."