Sekai no Hikari: Light of the World

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

A Letter to Atheists

Dear Atheist,

Obviously, if you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I am (Horror of horrors!) a Christian. Now please please PLEASE don’t discount my letter right away for that reason. I don’t expect you to change your mind from reading this letter. But what I so desperately hope is that you will understand the strange tribe of people who call themselves Christians just a little better.

Okay, so first, I have a few questions for you. Feel free to respond in the comments if you wish.
1) Why do you (atheists in general) think you have cornered the intelligence market?
2) Why are you so venomous towards Christians, but not towards Jews, Muslims or adherents of Eastern religions like Buddhism, New Age, or Hinduism? According to the logic you use, these religions should be even more preposterous, since they don’t explain/ try to back up their views with science.
3) Why do you think reason is the most important thing in the world? It is, in essence, your god.
4) Why do you claim to be open-minded when you are so angry?

Keep in mind, I am talking about atheists IN GENERAL. You may be the exception.

Now, for the confession. When I say “we,” I am talking about Christians through the ages. I am not saying I, or anyone I know personally, has done these things.
1) We have unkindly told atheists and adherents of other religions that they are going to hell.
2) We have started wars in the name of God.
3) We have used our religion as a whip to keep people in line or make them do things against their will.
4) We have used our religion to justify horrible atrocities.
5) We have claimed to be holier than thou when we are not. Our own belief system even says we’re not.
6) We have acted against what we have said was true. We have been hypocrites.
7) We have held up signs in protest, saying God hates fags, or God hates…(fill in the blank) when in reality, God hates no one.
8) We have failed to preach God’s grace, but have been all too eager to preach His justice.

For these things, I (the author of Sekai no Hikari) apologize in the name of my Christian brothers and sisters. I am guilty of numbers 6 and 8 myself, and I apologize for that as well.

Now here are some things I want you to understand about Christians:
1)  We are not perfect. God shows mercy on us, but we remain imperfect. We do not always follow God perfectly, and Christianity as a belief system says this outright.
2) We are human. We have fears, hopes, and dreams just like you. We also are hurt by things atheists say and do, just as you may be hurt by things Christians say and do.
3) We have doubts. That is part of believing. If you think we are “sheep” who follow without question, you are wrong.
4) The vast majority of us bear no ill will towards humanity. We believe we are doing right.
5) We are not insane.
6) We are not all conservatives.
7) Some of us are actually not afraid of you. 

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,

The author of Sekai no Hikari, on behalf of Christians everywhere

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Only One

        I have been taking Japanese for a long time. And when I was younger, I learned a song called Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana (One and Only Flower in the World). It is by a Japanese kayokyoku(popular music) band called SMAP. The song is not Christian, but the message is true, and everyone should take to heart what the song has to say.

        It is a long song, so I will not post all the lyrics, but the song is basically about someone walking into a flower shop and meeting someone who gives him insight into the nature of humanity.

Here’s a link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JFbcAriZkE

Here are some sections of the lyrics, with translation:

Sore na noni bokura ningen wa, doushite kou mo kurabetagaru? Hitori hitori chigau noni sono naka de, ichiban ni naritagaru. (In spite of this [how flowers don’t compare themselves], why do us humans always want to compare ourselves to each other? Although we are each different, we want to become the best.)

Sou sa, bokura wa sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana, hitori hitori chigau tane wo motsu, sono hana wo sakaseru koto dake ni, isshoukenmei ni nareba ii. (It’s true, we are each a flower there is only one of in the world. We each carry different seeds, and we only have to try our best to make those flowers bloom.)

Chiisai hana ya ookina hana, hitotsu toshite onaji mono wa nai kara, number one ni naranakute mo ii, motomoto tokubetsu na only one. (Small flowers and big flowers, for one flower, there is not one that’s the same, so it’s okay if you don’t ever become number one. You are the very special only one.)

        Well, it’s the slightest bit cheesy, but it’s very true. Humans, especially me, want to be the best. But God created you with “flowers” and “seeds” that are uniquely yours, and He has carved out a unique niche for you on this earth. No other person could do quite as well as you the job He’s prepared for you to do.

        This also reminds me of a verse in Matthew where Jesus is telling us not to worry, for the flowers of the field are cared for by God. In the same way, we should not look to the world for value, for we are given value by God. You don’t ever have to become number one. God sees you as a very special only one.

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