Please don’t be concerned that I’m writing this kind of post. I used to write shit like this all the time, but I really am getting past it. There is but this one topic that I want to discuss because it’s entirely too relevant to my monthly discourse to ignore, and I like having these things all typed out for reference.
The first disclaimer I chuck forth when discussing my rationale for nonbelief to a believer is, “But I didn’t stop believing because of how Christians act. I stopped believing because I find no compelling evidence to believe.”
But let’s be real, part of the evidence against a “living and active” God is that there are so many who sincerely claim belief, being washed in the blood of the lamb and sanctified in the Spirit, who act exactly like everyone else (so many=all). Paul promised in Romans that rebirth through the resurrection would cause a transformation of the mind, presumably into a more righteous state. The loophole Christians are prepared to defend themselves with is that they are still human and still sin despite their salvation. Some of these people rape children, bash gays, and speak against numerous constructs of immorality that are nothing more than mere interpretations of scripture. So then what would be even remotely convincing that there is a Holy Spirit doing anything at all?
Frankly, it’s all bullshit. The Holy Spirit is bullshit.
If the specific role of the Holy Spirit is that it is the intervening power inside a believer, it’s either sleeping on the job or it’s nonexistent. Either way, it’s all but compelling. The true holy spirit is called conscience. It is that thing that compels all of us toward good. All of us except for sociopaths, probably. Recently at the Reason Rally, Adam Savage from Mythbusters said something relevant to this concept.
“I have concluded through careful empirical analysis and much thought that somebody is looking out for me, keeping track of what I think about things, forgiving me when I do less than I ought. Giving me strength to shoot for more than I think I’m capable of. I believe they know everything that I do and think, and they still love me, and I’ve concluded, after careful consideration, that this person keeping score is me.”