Richard Dawkins, the world’s most famous atheist, has also been voted the most influential thinker of 2013. If influence is what flows into you then effluence must be what flows out of you. Jesus said “What goes into the mouth does not defile, but what comes out of the mouth, that is what defiles” (Matthew15:11). Jesus is not talking about unkosher food like pork or unwashed kosher food like lamb but about what goes into and comes out of the heart-mind.
Isn’t it a fact, however, that bad influences (what comes in) can indeed defile you; for example pornography or watching too many sitcoms, perforating the ears every few minutes with “oh my gaaaaad.” Or books like Dawkins’ “God delusion,” in which Dawkins describes the “Abrahamic God… with unpleasantly human qualities” and as a “disgrace” (the sacrifice of Isaac). (R. Dawkins, “The God delusion, Black Swan, 2006, p. 59, 275).
The Bible teaches the way to avoid being polluted by the effluent of the world:
10 Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
It seems that the more one is able to top God, the higher one appears in the list of top thinkers. When it comes to tirade, Dawkins, the top dog for 2013, can never top God – the eternal top thinker, and just judge:
10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. 13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
That’s Dawkins and all of us who have not put their trust in the sacrifice of the Lamb that was slain.
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