Atheism is the product and ally of Christianity. Part 2 "Who rolls us the stone from the door of the coffin?"
Atheism is the product and ally of Christianity. Part 2
"Who will roll us a stone from the door of the tomb?"
The Christian critics of modernity miss the obvious scandal: the notorious theomachistic modernity is not the product of the two thousand year preaching of the Gospel? How could Christian humanity generate this horrible "modern culture"? And above all – mass atheism?
Ethnographers did not manage to find a single non-religious society; historians do not know of any non-religious culture; already a non-Adelta, was known to have a religion. These facts are cited as an argument in favor of the eternity of religion: here, they say, atheists are fools against all of humanity.
Yes, people have always been religious. In addition to one society: the society of ethnographers and historians – our society, which heard the Good News: the first and only society of mass atheism.
Anyway – this is a scandal. There must be some connection between Christianity and the culture it generated (modern culture). There is, therefore, some connection between the Gospel and atheism. Atheism is not accidental.
How else? “You shall know them by their fruits.” The fruit of historical Christianity is modernity. This one is our culture. Atheism is its symbol.
When you think about atheism, myrrh-bearing wives are remembered (whose memory now seems to have been decided to be Orthodox on March 8). Did these women, who buried Jesus, have any faith or hope? Weren't they atheists?
Jesus is dead, His work is lost. The disciples left Him – all except these women. And they only have love. Last, desperate, without faith.
There was a time when there was no God: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”; the terrible three days of atheism are like reality, not ideas. In this case, are the myrhos not worthy of the greatest admiration? They could not believe in Jesus, and they had no hope for anything else (He lost, He is no more, He is dead), but they still loved Him.
There is nothing surprising in the fact that it was they who first learned about his Resurrection and announced to the disciples: the grave is empty.
The death of God on the Cross and the love for Him in spite of this: yes, we are beginning to see that atheism in Christianity is not accidental. Atheism is at the very heart of Christianity.
After the death of Christ, and before His Resurrection, there was perfect atheism in the love of myrrh-bearing women.
It is not clear why many Christians perceive “religion” as something good. Is the struggle against the eternal “vaals and astars” – “the traditional beliefs of Palestine” – not one of the central lines of the Bible (and the Testament of Christians is New, unconventional)? Didn't the Lord say about the religion of His people: I hate your holidays and sacrifices? We must see that the dispute is not between religion and atheism, but between religion, atheism and Christianity.
And here's what to ask: do we find in the Scripture a conflict of faith and unbelief? No: it is always a conflict between God and religions: there is no atheism yet! (except perfect atheism of the myrhos, the first atheism).
The place of atheism in this conflict is not obvious. Maybe this fact will help us: the Romans persecuted Christians for atheism. And quite rightly: wherever the Good News was announced, the joss-houses were demolished, the idols were overthrown, the sacrifice was stopped. Religions are left in oblivion. Christians – the greatest blasphemers, tradition-makers, traitors of the paternal gods – have created a non-religious society.
Belief in the One God relieves from the tedious obligation to believe in anything else (back to Chesterton’s ingenious fomule: “when a person stops believing in God, he begins to believe in everything that has been stolen”).
“No one has ever seen God,” but this is the formula of atheism. God is so clear, so surely not. Therefore – faith, not confidence. Pagans are so sure of their gods. In their values.
Emotionally, atheism is aversion to illusion, hallucination, idol. This is an absolutely Christian feeling.
My favorite example: "God is like a father." The atheist criticizes Christianity for exploiting the image of the Father, for psychological manipulation. But did an atheist see Christian criticism of the father figure? (And the Christians, we ask in brackets, saw her?) If the real Father is Heavenly, then the earthly father is not real: “if anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, and his wife and children, and brothers and sisters … he cannot be my disciple. " This is the collapse of family values; the family is no longer holy, for in Christianity there is nothing sacred but God, whom no one has ever seen. Christianity relieves from religious illusion (from all illusions in general), in particular from the illusion of the father.
Let's go back to Christianity and religion. In an atheistic era, it is difficult for us to understand that the question of the Gospel is not whether God is, but what He is. Everyone and always believed in God (gods) (except for us, modern). Including the murderers of Christ are good believers. Christ first of all brought a new image of God – the God of love. Aversion to religious illusion, calling for someone to kill – not one and also an atheist and a Christian?
“The prince of this world” is not God (God is the One who is on the Cross), but Satan. And here religion (called by Christians, as a rule, paganism) worships him, not God. But an atheist does not worship the prince of this world: he hates religion (paganism). Whether he admits it or not, Christianity has taught him hatred of religion. Whether it recognizes a Christian or not.
Religion, they say, is returning nowadays after long centuries of triumphant atheism: the notorious post-secular shift. Do we, the Christians, need to rejoice at this?
Religion returns in different ways. From the right point of view, her return is called fundamentalism: traditional (family) values, the denial of science, the denial of freedom and terror. From the left, the positions are different: new age, neospritualism, “spiritual practices”, crystals, pyrimids and meditations.
There is something else: sects, sects, trainings, seminars, joint trips to ecopsychological camps. Yes, religion is back.
Here's the irony: what came back after the collapse of Soviet atheism? Church? No: Kashpirovsky, charging water on TV …
Is such a religion – not the main enemy of Christianity? Did the Old and New Testaments fight against it? And: on which side is atheism here? Is it not together with Christianity against religiosity, even if it is fundamentalist, even liberal?
Doesn’t a Christian, like an atheist, hate religious killing? Jesus was killed on religious grounds; like Abel, the first sacrifice – Cain killed his brother on religious grounds, because of the sacrifice to God. Is it not the same disgust that we see on the faces of a priest and an atheist scholar at the mention of astrology, reincarnation, and spiritual energies?
If not religion, sacred – then secularization, profanation?
But is secularization, the transfer of church property to civilian, not the idea of non-possessors in the East, begging orders in the West? The very division into spiritual and secular ("God – gods, Caesar – Caesarean"; the emperor – not God; for that they killed Christians, if anyone forgot). Is this not a Christian idea? Is secularization not the covenant of Neal of Sora and Francis of Assisi?
Profanation is a term from Roman law: the transfer of the property of gods into the property of people. Profan means something: to give to people. Isn't it like God gives Himself to people?
Is the Incarnation of God, the kenosis of Christ, not an “archetypal fact of secularization” (Vattimo's formula)? Is all that is told in the Gospel – not an insult to the religious (action in the Temple, a meal with harlots and tax collectors; in general, “I want mercy, not sacrifice”)? Is God in the grave, dead God (Great Saturday) – not the most terrible profanation? The Eucharist is not the greatest secularization? Is Christianity not the greatest insult to religion?
I want mercy, not sacrifice. Mercy, not sacrifice. Affairs, not rituals. Love, not religion.
What are the criteria for the Last Judgment according to the Gospel — knowledge of the Creed? No, it is mercy for the sick, the hungry, the prisoners, the homeless. Non-religious criteria. Criteria of love.
Who executed them? Is not modernity? Are there no more slaves? Isn't the death penalty stopped here? Isn't the best medicine (mercy for the sick), the best “social welfare” (mercy for the poor) here? Are not prisons like sanatoria here? Is it not here that the homeless will be fed and sheltered? Is not here the love of neighbor became the basis of social order? Real, and not in words (more precisely: it didn’t become of course … but the dispute always goes on about it: who better provide it: capitalism, communism, anarchy, monarchy. The dispute is always the same: how to do it)?
The main criterion of Christianity, the Last Judgment: how did you help your neighbor?
But who fulfilled these criteria? Do we Christians have to say with bitterness: are we not? After all, most of this was done by atheists. Is it not the most important thing in the history of the last centuries of Christianity that atheists did what the Christians said?
And the main question, perhaps, of the present: if it is threatened with the return of the religious, is it time to finally understand all this and stop this unnatural separation? Is it not time, seeing the return of gods and sacrifices, to combine the atheists' deeds and the words of Christians? (the words and deeds of Christ; for only He spoke, did what he did: spoke of love, and performed miracles of love; and died for it. they said; and their own – myrrh-bearer – works). Understand that one thing and the other have predetermined themselves in history – in the history that has come to modern times?
Faith without works is dead. But there will be no works without faith. Separation of faith and works: this is the plot of the last centuries of Christianity.
Isn't it worth resolving the triangle “Christianity-religion-atheism” – atheists' deeds and the words of Christians against religion?
Who will roll us a stone from the door of the tomb of Christianity? After all, Christianity is dead, we live in an era of atheism. Who in their right mind would argue with that?
The death of God is the main event of our time.
But here is a miracle, as then, on the first day, as now, there would be only love – “that you are looking for the Living among the dead?
“He's not here.”
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