An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
An Atheist Ad campaign in England has signs on busses that read: "There's probably no God. So stop worrying and enjoy your life."
A couple of questions:
1. Really now, don't atheists have something better to do than worrying about people believing in God? C'mon atheists, stop worrying and enjoy your life!!!
2. Aren't we as Christians failing in some fashion if we are popularly perceived as NOT enjoying our life? Worrying or in general not being "life-affirming"?
I understand that "life-affirming" is a REALLY loaded term that no doubt could mean anything the user may wish it to mean. In other words, we as Christians will likely NEVER be able to live up to a secularists notion of what it means to "affirm life." None-the-less, clearly we either need to show our embrace of life and joy more clearly or they are just terribly uninformed about what the religious life entails. I suspect it is both, but more weight is fairly given to the former.
Of all the things that belief has done for and to me...causing me to worry isn't one of them. One of the greatest joys and life-affirming things I can fathom is to curb one's own zeal for "their" life and to embrace the lives and life of everyone and everything around us. THAT begins (I think) by recognizing the truth of what we pray: that the "Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth" is "everywhere present and fillest all things."
Enjoying "your" life is so mundane and self-centered. We need to enjoy a much more non-possessive life.
I read an interesting article lately that observed that the bottom line for most famous atheists is that the notion of God restricts their sex life. I tend to believe that is true. If you think of every other "relationship" commandment most atheists will agree with them.