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”Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought.
So I found one person's response to CS Lewis.
Deconstructing C.S Lewis on Reasoning to Atheism
I'm reading it now
originally posted by: pthena
a reply to: Itisnowagain
There are benefits to Evangelical Christianity just as much as there is benefit in your Non-Duality.
The benefit is a suicide prevention. And that's it as far as I can see.
A person is overcome by their mistakes, bad choices, overwhelming obstacles which prevent them from being proud of themselves. No way forward. Futility behind; futility ahead; what does it matter ?
Both systems offer "a second chance to live."
Christianity at least has the doctrine of Sanctification, whereby the believer actively works at living better, treating others with sympathy and charity.
Non-dualism on the other hand dismisses reality altogether. "Oh, those nasty things I did to people, hey they never happened! There is no me, there is no he that I hurt; all just a thing that seemed to happen. It didn't really happen, because nothing really happened."
But where is the Sanctification? Where is the point when you actually treat people as individuals ? How can you even respect an individual person if you don't even believe there are individuals ?
Concern for that which isn't causes all the troubles.
We were taught to believe they are individuals and that this is the world but that is not necessary to perceive the world and to be alive and live with people.
Jesus wants you to be born again.
“Relationship is the fundamental truth of this world of appearance,” the Indian poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore — the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature — wrote in contemplating human nature and the interdependence of existence. Relationship is what makes a forest a forest and an ocean an ocean. To meet the world on its own terms and respect the reality of another as an expression of that world as fundamental and inalienable as your own reality is an art immensely rewarding yet immensely difficult — especially in an era when we have ceased to meet one another as whole persons and instead collide as fragments.