With the second publication of a student paper from Mansfield University showing up in our paper, I no longer could avoid responding. Outside the exercise of free speech, I'm not sure what the ethics/morality/religion areas of the college are teaching their students, but it certainly is not the ability to do serious thinking.
With last week's claim of a young student to the right to be an atheist before us, let's consider what she really said.
She said she was exercising the right to reject all religions and live unto her own wisdom. She has that right, of course, not endowed by any written manifesto or Constitution, but a right given by the Almighty Himself. She might like to read the opening chapters of the book of Romans for some guidance. God gives us the right to reject His offers and invitation to align one's self with Him, specifically through Jesus the Christ.
She indicated she wants to trust herself and what she has learned from others to live. Nice effort if it works. However, most of us slightly older people have learned that we are not our best source of instruction. All of the cults which have sprung up around the world are based on this kind of a lie that is presented pretty and neat.
In reality, following her illogical approach, if we want to put ourselves in charge we should insist on things like removing all the guard rails along all those winding country roads. After all, if she is in charge, she doesn't need any government agency telling her to be careful or try to protect herself. And while we are at it, she should sue to remove all stop signs and traffic signals for the same reason!
I hope someplace in your education you heard that "nothing cannot create nothing." Study and learn and give yourself a few years to get some of the wisdom you now lack. To make such a serious decision as to reject any spiritual entity at your young age and experience is not only foolish, but extremely dangerous to your spiritual health. Wisdom itself is a great teacher and if I read the Book of Proverbs, a great gift from the Almighty. It certainly didn't come from us.
Rev. Dr. David A. Keller
Heshbon Park UM Church
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