Atheism in the New Testament: Matthew & Paul
He [Jesus] answered, "The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The
field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The
weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The
harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are
pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age." |
-- Matthew 13:40-42
The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from
the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand
them, because they are spiritually discerned.
-- Paul, 1 Corinthians
New International Version
commentary: both of these citations argue for a predestined view of both the
believer and the unbeliever -- as weeds, unbelievers are not sown by "the Son of
Man", as "man without Spirit", unbelievers inherently lack the ability to discern
spiritual matters. this argues for Pascal's man who is
so composed as to be innately unable to believe in god/s.
does Christianity require theism?