I know a guy who has some really wonky ideas regarding religion and the afterlife. In comparison to every other post modern, I suppose his ideas aren’t all that wonky–in fact, they are consistent with just about every other new age seeker. They are persistent and may be sincerely held beliefs, but they are wrong.
His early years were influence by Catholicism, but I suspect that came from his grandparents and I don’t know how devout he may have been. By looking at his other endeavors he has encountered over the years, I have to assume that had no lasting impact, save for the fact that he partly attributes his “falling away” from these “oppressive years”. If he would read his Bible, he would see that he never was a convert as the act of backsliding is evidence that, to quote Todd Friel and Ray Comfort, “he never slid forward in the first place.” Nonetheless, his rejection of Christ led him to dabble in silliness such as his opinion that all religion is invalid because some practices “such as sun worship” are ridiculous. I believe that is the Fallacy of Division. This guy not only perpetuates fallacies, but vehemently defends his logical errors.
He props up his unbelief in the assertion that God is some big meanie because some people living in the jungle may never have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. However, he argues from the assumption that people are innocent when that is clearly not the case. We all sin, and those sins make us worthy of hell. Everyone can look at the world and know that there is an eternal Creator. Paul makes this point very clear:
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20 ESV)
It’s easier to reject the truth rather than face it. Submission to God requires us to deny ourselves. (Luke 9:23) That symbolic death to self runs counter to what is taught in the world. This guy I know wants to be a big man with accolades. He wants to be puffed up by others. He wants people to tell him that he is brilliant when he parrots new age heresy that all religions and all manner of unbelief lead to God. This guy is a cosmopolitan man of the world and expends great effort to fool himself with his self-styled intellectual grandiosity. He is drunk on vanity. Just a cursory perusal of Ecclesiastes would expose his folly. Everything apart from Christ is meaningless and this person’s entire existence is nothing but chasing after the wind.