“Frost, you are smart enough to know better. This is a fool’s errand. You can’t just decide to invent a new religion expressly for the purpose of benefiting society. Religious belief doesn’t work that way. The only modern “invented” religion with any sort of success is Scientology, which isn’t really even a religion, being more accurately described as an organized crime syndicate masquerading as a scientific self-help program. No one is going to suddenly start believing in something because a bunch of guys on the internet came up with a slick pamphlet extolling the numerous benefits of said beliefs. The entire idea is pure hubris.
Furthermore, even if you could invent a new religion, the simple fact is the West does not need one. We already have a religion. In fact, we have the religion. You know, the one that not only has a proven track record of building the most wildly successful civilization the world has ever known, but which also has the benefit of being true. It’s called Christianity. The way back is the way forward. All of your desired bullet points describing “The Product” are found in traditional Christian belief (which you well know). The fundamental error is the assumption that there is something wrong with Christianity, that it is somehow defective or obsolete. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Christianity in the West is currently suffering under the effects of decades of concentrated Cultural Marxist assault and subversion from within. Our society is weak because our faith is weak. There is not a single social ill we currently suffer that would not be drastically improved by a widespread resurgence in genuine, zealous Christian faith. If you want to save the West, preach the Gospel. There is no other alternative. Without Christ, Western Civilization simply does not exist.
A lot of men clearly have a problem with Christian belief. The most common objection is simply that they don’t believe it’s true. But I think the real reason is that they don’t want to be told how to live, and they don’t want to be accountable for their actions and choices. To those who doubt Christian belief, I ask you: suppose I could prove in your mind beyond all doubt that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, thus validating the Christian religion. If you believed that to be true, would you suddenly become a devout Christian? Or would you still still hold back? In my experience, contrary to all reason, many men would still refuse to believe even with such evidence. The heart of unbelief does not lie in logic or reason, it lies in pride and rebellion. Any man who is not willing to humble himself before God will never know truth.”
“No one who has seriously engaged in a study of world religions and comparative theology could make such a claim. There is nothing in Eastern religion, mysticism, New Age spirituality, etc… approaching the depth and breadth of Christian theology. I’ve studied all of those systems in depth. They all share a common element – they were very obviously invented by man. Why is that obvious? Because they all flatter us. They tell us – like you want to hear – that the power ultimately lies within us. They tell us that if we can just become good enough (measured by various metrics depending on the system/religion) then we can transcend this reality through our own power. This is the common element of all false religion.
Only Christianity reveals to us the uncomfortable truth – that we are completely powerless and have no ability to redeem ourselves. This is not the sort of teaching that man invents to flatter himself. Nor is it a system designed for political and economic domination (Islam). It is, rather, a strange and mysterious idea, one that is at once both alien and familiar. God is our father, and we are his children. And just as children are completely helpless without their parents, so we are without God. This is the fundamental truth that atheists reject. Their pride does not allow them to cede control and authority to God.
This is the main thing atheists must understand. If there is a God (not necessarily even the Christian God, for the sake of argument) then you have absolutely no authority over him. You are not in a position to dictate to the creator what is fair, what is just, what is good, what is logical. It seems that many atheists don’t understand the idea of God, their view being entirely too small and limited. They seem to view God as micromanaging boss or an overbearing parent (note always the preoccupation with rebellion against authority figures). But God is much bigger than this. It is only the atheist’s failure to logically apprehend the power of a sovereign, omnipotent creator that allows them to so casually denigrate him. God is not a mean guy on a cloud who wants to tell you what to do. He is, rather, the force beyond time and space that underlies the entire physical universe. God is the only thing that has existence in and of itself. And this force – awesome in the literal definition of the word – is not impersonal, but rather has an identity. And he wants to share it with us.
This is very important for people to think about deeply. Before you reject the idea of God you need to be very sure you’ve exhaustively explored the concept of God. It’s not something you want to gloss over. There is everything at stake, after all. Any man who humbles himself and earnestly seeks to follow the truth wherever it leads will not be disappointed.
[Regarding the Canaanite Woman]
Jesus was fulfilling his purpose as the Messiah of Israel, which at that point meant his ministry was limited to the Jews. This was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. The Jews spent hundreds of years killing and persecuting the prophets God sent, and then they killed their Messiah (Jesus) when he finally arrived. Because of the Jews’ unbelief, the Gentiles were “grafted in” to the nation of Israel, so that “Israel” was not limited only to the Jewish people, but included people from the entire world. A nation not of the flesh, but of the spirit. This was the plan from the beginning, but the Jews were too prideful and arrogant to accept that the Messiah would not be theirs exclusively. Essentially, the Jews were mad that what they saw as their inheritance was to be shared with the entire world. They failed to understand that they were not inheritors by the flesh, but inheritors by faith. This is the true meaning of being the “seed of Abraham”. There was nothing special about Abraham’s physical being, it was his faith that was credited to him as righteousness. The Jews completely missed the point, assuming that simply by being descended physically from Abraham they automatically inherited his righteousness. Christ disabused them of this notion and they killed him for it. As a result, ever since, a partial hardening as come upon the Jews which will not be lifted until “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in”.
Thus, salvation came “from the Jews” because they were the vehicle through which God chose to reveal the Messiah to the world. Read Romans chapters 9 through 11, it deals entirely with this topic
See my response on Roosh’s forum.