The Answer to the Atheist vs. Theist phenomena
After all of the discussion I have had with several folks here at rational response, and after reading some of the material presented by this cite and written in these discussion boards, I have discovered the reason for such a great division among both atheists and theists.
The funny thing is, it's not much of a reason, and yet it makes all the difference. I have often seen and heard references to the Matrix trilogy and it's philosophy on this cite, and an example from the first movie suits my epiphany quite well. When Neo first meets Morpheus, they discuss the situation and the definition of the Matrix. After explaining just where Neo stands in respect to everything, Morpheus clears up the entire atheist vs theist, democrat vs republican, right vs wrong, red vs blue spectical.
Morpheus offers Neo two pills, a red pill and a blue pill. He explains what each pill does, and then holds them out before Neo. You see, Morpheus offers Neo a choice. Neo could choose to ignore the problems of the world and the Matrix, or he could choose to save the world. Regardless of what the choices were, Morpheus offered Neo two options, and Neo made a choice.
God offers us a choice as well. That's correct, I said God offers us a choice. I choose to believe that God exists and that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. We read in the Bible in Joshua 24:15:
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve...
...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
Choice. We all make choices. Whether or not we understand the circumstances of all the choices we make, we must be willing to accept the consequences for our actions. But regardless, we must at least try to respect each other as human beings, and if we are sincere, we must teach with love our beliefs by which we have chosen to live our lives.